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Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 04/11/19

Ulster Club Championship QF
Cross V Clontibret 
On Saturday evening all roads led to the Athletic Grounds for our Ulster Senior Football QF clash with Monaghan Champions, Clontibret.
Persistent and heavy rain left conditions poor. Conditions deteriorated further when a draw in the Ulster Junior Championship game resulted in extra time and saw a delay of 15 minutes in the Cross Clontibret match.
It was the Monaghan men who settled quickly, two Conor McManus points, the opening scores of the contest. We had missed opportunities, Clontibret had added another two points to the scoreboard before our opening score, a point scored by Aaron midway through the first half.
As the minutes ticked down to the half, Clontibret were in control, they extended their lead scoring two more points, Kyle slotted over a point before both sides exchanged points (Rían) to leave the score at the break;
Cross 0-3 Clontibret 0-7 
The opening minutes of the second half saw a point each from Oisin and a superb strike from Tony to leave just two the deficit.
A fantastic save from Tiernan prevented Conor McManus from getting the opening goal of the game. Rían slotted over a point and we were down to the bare minimum as the game entered the last quarter. Two points for John MCs men, both from frees and once again three was the margin with seven to go. Rían converted a free to bring it to two. It was nail biting stuff. Conor McManus converted a free as normal time drew to a close. With four minutes of added time, we never give up, points from Oisin and Paul brought it back to a one point game  but it wasn’t to be our night and it is Clontibret who proceed to the Ulster Club SF.
Cross 0-9 Clontibret 0-10
We wish John Mc and Clontibret the very best of luck.
Well done to Grace Fitzpatrick who sang Amhrán na bhFiann before the game.

Pic Below; Two warriors, two legends.




Armagh U21 Championship 
Cross V Mullaghbawn 
Our second game in the Armagh U21 championship saw us play hosts to Mullaghabwn.
We were quick off the blocks, scoring four points before the away side scored their opening score, a point. Two points a piece for each side preceded the first goal of the afternoon, a super pass from Rían to Cian who struck the ball well into the Mullaghabwn net to extend our lead. Mullaghabwn replicated what we just did, worked the ball down the field and the end result was a goal for them followed quickly by two points and as the game entered the second quarter just one was the difference in score.
Points from Cian(F) and Rían stretched the lead before Mullaghabwn went on a scoring spree, five points one after another. Mullaghbawn now led by two with the minutes ticking down until half time.
Both sides exchanged points, Rían (F) to leave the score at half time;
Cross 1-09 Mullaghbawn 1-11 
The opening minutes of the second half were an even encounter, two points a piece registered on the scoreboard.
It was now our turn to go on a scoring spree, 1-2 scored to put us in front once more. A Mullaghabwn point brought it back to a two point game and an exciting finale was on the cards.
A Rían point extended our lead to three. The final minutes of the game saw plenty of high drama, Mullaghabwn launched a number attacks, our backs stood strong clearing each attack that was launched and a special mention for our number one, Miceal Murray who excelled under severe pressure, one save after another prevented the Mullaghabwn men from scoring.
With the game in injury time, Mullaghabwn slotted over a point, two the difference once more before a super strike from Cian sailed over the bar to bring it back to a three point game. A Mullaghbawn point was to be the last score of the game. Eventually the whistle blew for full time and we had secured the points. Well done lads and management on a super team performance.
Cross 2-15 Mullaghbawn  1-16 
We now travel to Clan Éireann next Sunday, throw in is 1.30pm.



Crossmaglen Rangers Spinathon 

Our club Spinathon takes place this Saturday 9th November in the Rangers Hall.
The Spinathon will spin off at 8am and finish at 7pm and is open to everyone in the club, community and beyond.
It promises to be a super fun day, so come along and get on a bike for only £10 for a one hour spin session.
For those with kids, a kiddies corner will be available while you spin.
Light refreshments will be served throughout the day, so if spinning is not for you, please feel free to drop into to the hall, support our spinners and have a cup of tea.
If you would like to sponsor a bike, the cost is £30. Please contact  Paul Duffy (07970444980) or Maria O’Donnell (07763374030) for further details.
Keep an eye on Facebook this week as more leaders are unveiled.
Joint Camogs & LGFA Christmas Order Night:

This year Camogs and Ladies football have  teamed up with local company ‘Playr-Fit’ to produce a fantastic range of items for purchase, with the option to have the Camogie, Ladies and/or Crossmaglen Rangers crest on the items.
There will be a range of sizes in all items available for fitting, with orders placed on the night to be paid in full.  Please note that this will be the only order placed prior to Christmas, so make sure you don’t miss out, Tuesday 7-9pm, Rangers Hall.


Thanks to and in particular Anthony and Niall who visited us during the week and filmed a short piece about the club which you can view on Cross Rangers FB & Twitter pages.


Armagh Scór

Good luck to Pearse and Shea Larkin and Ciara McBride who will represent the club at Armagh Scór which takes place this Saturday at 6pm in Whitecross.
Good luck Pearse, Shea and Ciara.

Team Hope Shoe Box Collection 

I will collect shoe boxes on Saturday morning @11am, Foyer, Rangers Hall. For a list of what to include in the boxes see Cross Rangers FB page or telephone 0876659126 for a leaflet. Please don’t seal the box and include €4 for P&P.



Festive Christmas Party Night 
Preparations are in full swing for our festive Christmas Night which will take place on Saturday 7th December. It has just been confirmed, the fabulous Timekeepers will play live in the Rangers Hall during our Christmas party night.
Mulled wine or Prosecco on arrival, a scrumptious four course meal and live music will be the order of the evening.
So wether it is a work function, a family get together or friend’s uniting to kick off the festive season, you are all very welcome. No group too big or to small.
You can book now by contacting Patricia; Tel. 0857500141, Tim; Tel. 02830861588/0868768365 or Mona; Tel.30861780
Crossmaglen Rangers Christmas Fayre
This years annual Christmas Fayre will take place on Friday 29th November from 5-9pm. All inside stalls have been booked but there is availability outside which would be ideal for food stalls. If you would like to book, please contact Sarah Jane, Telephone, 0873645311.

Santa Sunday 
Our camogs annual Santa run will take place on Sunday 8th December. Following the race, a Santa Sunday will take place in the Rangers Hall from 12am-3pm. There will be plenty on offer for our little ones, gingerbread men decorating, lessons on making food for Santa’s right hand men, the reindeers followed by a disco and a visit to the big guy. It promises  to be both a memorable and fun afternoon.






Congratulations to Gary McShane, Maria and Ruby Rose on the arrival of their son/wee Brother, Master Patrick Gerard Murphy McShane.

MC’s Grocery & Coffee Dock
Every Saturday and continuing until Christmas, a 5k walk/jog/run will leave from outside MC’s shop at 10am. Everyone from the community and beyond are welcome to come along and join in and on completion there will be a complimentary coffee/tea.
A reminder to everyone who may have family away from home, you can play our lotto online by clicking on the following link;
Draw; 03/11/19

Numbers Drawn; 9 11  25  29

No Jackpot winner

2 match 3 numbers; Anne Harland, Carron Rd & Sinead Kerley, c/o Ma Kearney’s win £50 each. Well done Anne & Sinead.
Jackpot; £3100/€4100
Next Draw; 10/11/19