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Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 11/09/17



SFC Qualifier Round 2
Cross V Wolfe Tones

Our senior team played Wolfe Tones last night in the second round of the Armagh Senior Football Championship Qualifier Round 2. A wet and windy Athletic Grounds was the venue and Cross played against a  strong breeze in the first half . Wolfe Tones had two points registered by the fifth minute . Aaron Kernan converted a free in the sixth minute to get us off the mark .Wolfe Tones scored another point before Aaron Kernan converted another free to put one between the teams. A Paul Hughes point levelled matters . A fantastic catch from midfielder Stephen Morris to Oisín O’Neill who put the ball over the bar to put us in the lead for the first time. With Aaron Kernan making fantastic runs through the middle and his distribution of the ball excellent ,  we went on a spree of scoring , points from Stephen Morris , Oisín O’Neill (2) and  Rían O’Neill(1). We exchanged points but minutes later James Lavery  scored a goal for Tones and that left just one between the sides . A point each for the O’Neill brothers in the final minutes of the first half increased our lead but just as we entered injury time Wolfe Tones scored another point  but the half ended as it had started for us with Aaron Kernan converting a free and that left three between the sides at the break . A great long range effort from Aaron Kernan opened the second half scoring . The next ten minutes saw us score 5 points , 4 from play , Rían O’Neill (2), Martin Aherne (2) and Aaron Kernan(1) . A Wolfe Tones point , their first score of the second half came seconds before Kyle Carragher had the ball in the back of the Wolfe Tones net . The dying minutes saw three scores in the game , 2 points for us and a point for Wolfe Tones.

Well done lads / management .

Cross 1-19   Wolfe Tones  1-07 

SFC QTR Final ; Cross V Clann Éireann , Saturday 16th September @6.45pm , Athletic Grounds , Armagh .


Junior Football Championship Quarter Final
Cross V Killeavey II

On Saturday evening our Junior team travelled to Cullyhanna to play Killeavey II. Conditions were poor after all the rain leaving a very wet surface.
We got off to a glorious start , a fantastic pass from midfielder Kevin McShane to Aaron Mostyn who struck a superb shot into the back of the Killeavey net .
Points from Eoin Keenan, Ronan Finnegan(3) and Cormac Clarke (free)extended our lead . With only eight minutes on the clock we scored our second goal thanks to a John Murtagh shot.
Great goalkeeping by Jamie McEvoy and defending by our full back Sean McDonnell meant that Killeavey didn’t register their first score , a point until the 11th minute . Ronan Finnegan got his 4th point of the match before Killeavey scored their second . We extended our lead with a terrific long range shot from John Murtagh which sailed over the Killeavey crossbar.
With only five minutes remaining of normal time until the break , Killeavey were awarded a penalty which they converted .
We responded immediately scoring three points in as many minutes to leave us leading by 1-08 at half time .
Killeavey started the second half the brightest , having registered three points before we got our first score of the second half , a point thanks to substitute Francis Hanratty . Killeavey chipped away at our lead , scoring another four points but a point each from John Murtagh and Ryan Conlon in the dying minutes put the game firmly out of Killeavey’s reach. As the game went into injury time , Killeavey scored a point before Gary Marshall blew the full time whistle . The semi final of the Armagh Junior Championship now awaits us .
Cross : 2-13 Killeavey II : 1-10
Cross Scorers ; John Murtagh (1-03) , Ronan Finnegan (0-5) Aaron Moyston (1-0), Callum Cumiskey (0-1) ,Cormac Clarke (0-1) , Eoin Keenan (0-1) , Francis Hanratty(0-1) Ryan Conlon (0-1)

Well done to the entire squad and to Managers Donal and Colm .

JFC Semi Final 

Cross V Thomas Davis , Corrinshego , date and time tbc .


U18 Division 1 Championship Semi Final .
On Monday evening our minor team played Grange in the semi final of the championship.
Ballymacnab was the venue and a dull evening meant that the game finished under lights .
A highly competitive first half saw some fine scores from both sides . With only five minutes on the clock , the sides were level with two a piece .
Points from Eugene Savage , Conor Savage , Darren McDonnell , Aaron Hughes and Odhrán Kieran put us well in the lead with ten minutes left to the break but the final minutes of the first half saw Grange score four points which left just the bare minimum between the sides at half time .
Grange opened the scoring with a point at the very start of the second half but less than a minute later , Cían McConville hit a super shot which ended up in the back of the Grange net . A magnificent pass from Rory O’Connor to Midfielder John Kernan who fired the ball pass the Grange goalie give us our second goal of the night . Two points from Grange kept them in contention but we pushed on with points from Cían McConville , John Kernan and Rory O’Connor which strengthened our lead and put us firmly in the driving seat .
Grange continued to battle on , scoring three points in as many minutes but two goals from Oisín Doyle within a minute of each other sealed the victory for us . The closing minutes saw us score two excellent points , the first a long range point from Cían McConville and the other from the boot of Daniel Cumiskey .
Cross 4-15 Grange 0-14
We will now face Clan Éireann in the final on the 30th September.
Well done to all the lads and management .


Armagh ladies Intermediate Final

Cross  3-08   Sarsfields 2-11

Well done ladies / management .

Replay ; Saturday 16th [email protected] , venue to be confirmed .


Pat Shortt

We are super excited to announce that top funny man Pat Shortt is coming to the Rangers Hall on Friday 6th October
This fully seated concert is Pat Shortt’s new live show , How’s Tings and will start at 8.00pm and finish at 10.30pm (Doors open @7.00pm) .

Tickets £20/€20 . Tickets on sale in Kernan Property Services , Shorts Sports & Cycles , Egg Ice Cream & Coffee , Day To Day (Donnelly’s) , McEntees shop , Patricia Hughes (0857500141) / Tim Gregory (30861588) or any committee member .
It promises to be a great nights craic.

On our Facebook page we have two tickets to give away to one lucky person .
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning the tickets is;
WINNER will be announced on Tuesday 3rd [email protected]!!
Good luck everyone .


Juvenile Draw
Our Juvenile Draw will take place tonight during the interval at bingo .
First prize ; Stand Tickets for the All Ireland Final , overnight stay in a top Dublin Hotel and €100
Second Prize ; €200
Third Prize ; €100
Book of 3: £5/€5.
Thank you to all who supported the draw .
List of winners will be posted on our FB page , Twitter and our web page .


Meningitis Awareness Morning
Ruairi O’Neill will hold a meningitis Awareness morning in the Rangers Hall on Sunday 24th September from 9.00-1.00pm
Meningitis has affected many lives and families and the Awareness morning is an excellent initiative which will raise awareness about this deadly disease . Information will also be available about the symptoms and signs of meningitis and ultimately this information could save lives . We encourage all our members to attend .
During the week Ruairi and his Mum Gabrielle were guests on BBC Talkback . Ruairi and his Mum spoke about his illness , his recovery and the overwhelming support they received in the community .
Well done Ruairi and Gabrielle .


Also well done to Michelle McKeever who was interviewed on the George Hook Show on Thursday afternoon . Michelle spoke about the amazing support and help her son Ronan received from the Family Hope Centre .


Newry Hospice Fundraiser

The Hand/ Hughes families would like to thank all those who give donations at the recent country and western night held in rememberence of their late Mother/sister Eileen RIP.
A cheque for £1450 was presented to the Hospice.


Ceili Dancing

Ceili dancing with Majella returns on Monday 4th September to the Rangers Hall from 4.30-5.30pm ( Scór dancers begin at 4pm) and Majella looks forward to welcoming new and old faces .

Jiving Lessons

Jiving lessons start in the hall on 14th September from 8-10pm for three weeks . They will resume on 12th October for two weeks .
Please contact Patricia Hughes for more details . I may get my Dancing shoes out !!!


Bingo continues on Monday Night , eyes down at 8.30pm .

Bowls every Tuesday nights get @8.30pm

Mother & Toddler Group .
Mother & Toddler Group every Monday morning , 10am – 12pm.


Congratulations .

Congratulations and well done to James Morgan and Jamie Clarke who both were recipients of an Irish News Ulster All Star award .


Get Well

We all send our very best wishes to Patricia Hughes who is in hospital at the minute. Wishing you a speedy recovery Patricia .

Good Luck
Good to all our younger members as the new school year begins and a special mention to all our members who are starting College / University .


A huge cead mile failte to Fr Maloney and Fr Cullen who have joined the Parish of Upper Creggan . Wishing you both many years of good health and happiness in your new ministries.


Thank you to everyone who continues to support our weekly lotto and to our hard working lotto committee .

Draw ; 10/09/17

Numbers Drawn ; 5  7  16  25 

Matched 3 ;  No one matched 3 numbers 

Jackpot ;£5700/€6700


Finally , I got my dates mixed up recently on social media regarding fixture changes . Thanks to all who informed me but my sincere thanks to one in particular , the host with the most in the old coach . Great to see a Culloville man keeping a close eye on Rangers activities !!!! His new name is hawk eye !!!!!!!


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