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Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 17/06/19

Mrs Joan Shields RIP
When news broke on Friday afternoon that Joan has passed, we were all stunned and extremely saddened.
Joan was truly devoted to her family, friends and Crossmaglen Rangers. A committed member, always ready to lend a hand when it was needed, a  loyal supporter and one of the first you would see sitting in the stand at games in St Oliver Plunkett park and further afield.

Rarely missing a match wether it was men or women who were playing, football or camogie, Joan would be there.
Joan kept up to date with all activities in the club and was an avid follower of the club’s activities online.
I think we could all say that some of the proudest and happiest moments for Joan was our club’s successes with her Son, Frank playing. Joan was immensely proud of all her grandchildren. She delighted in watching her grandchildren don the black and amber and take to the field to represent the club and only a few short months ago, Joan was thrilled when her granddaughter Kellie, lined out for the Armagh U14 squad.
The outpouring of grief since the news broke of Joan’s  passing are a true testament to the lady that Joan was and the high esteem in which she was held. A lady of strong faith who always thought of others before herself.
Joan, we are all going miss you and we thank you so much for your dedication to and passion for Crossmaglen Rangers, you will be forever remembered.
We send our deepest sympathies to Joan’s Husband, Patsy, Son’s Frank, (Assistant treasurer, Manager girls U14.5 team), Patrick, Daughter Kathleen, Daughters in law, Aine & Sarah, Son in law, Kevin, Grandchildren Shauna, Niall, Kellie, Siobhan, Frank, Saoirse & Patrick, Sister Marian and the extended Shields family.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.
U14.5 Div 1 Championship Final
Cross V Clann Éireann

On Sunday afternoon all roads led to the Athletic grounds. The game started fifteen minutes later than scheduled to allow supporters who attended the funeral of Joan Shields to get to the game in time.
A minutes silence for the late Joan  was observed before throw in.
We got off to a dream start, a ‘45 for us in the opening seconds which Aaron O’Neill hit, Shane Gallagher caught, turned and shot straight into the Clan Éireann net to register the first score of the final, a goal. A Shane Gallagher point followed before Clann Éireann got their opening score, a point which settled them and they went on a scoring spree, a further 1-3 was added to the scoreboard, the goal the result of a penalty.
We responded, five points without reply, Ryan Martin (4,F) and Jack Crummy (1)  to edge us in front once more. As the game entered the last ten minutes, a super shot from Aaron O’Neill landed in Lurgan boys net to give us our second goal of the game and to give us a cushion as half time approached.
Clann Éireann finished the half the strongest, the  final minutes of the half scoring
2-2. Ryan Martin slotted over a point to leave the score at the midway point;
Cross 2-07 Clann Éireann 3-06
The opening minutes  of the second half were evenly matched, two points a piece for each  team, Fionnan Moley and Shane Gallagher our scorers. We were struck a further cruel blow, Clann Éireann scored their fourth goal of the match followed quickly by
three unanswered points to extend their lead. Ryan Martin converted  a free but Clan Éireann pushed on, registering a further two points. As the game entered the last ten minutes, three points for us, Ryan (2,1f) and Benny helped to reduce their lead. Again Clann Éireann responded, with the finishing line in sight, three quick points in as many minutes were added to their tally. Shane and Ryan (f) scored a point each before the full time whistle blew.
It wasn’t to be our day but well done lads and management, we are so proud of you all and there will be better days.
Cross 2-15  Clann Éireann 4-16
Armagh SFL (A) Rd 10
Armagh Harps V Cross 
On Thursday evening  we travelled to Abbey park for the round ten clash of the Armagh Senior football league against Armagh Harps. The opening minutes were an even affair, both sides registering two points, Mel (F) and Paudie our scorers. Harps hit a super shot for goal but this was prevented thanks to a fantastic save from our number 1, Jamie Carlisle.
As the game entered the second quarter we scored four points without reply, Cian, Micéal (2 F) and Daniel Cumiskey to give us a comfortable lead.
The final minutes saw the home side score three points one after another, (3f) to bring it back to a one point game at the halfway mark.
Harps 0-5 Cross 0-6 
Points from Cian and Mel after the second half commenced extended our lead to three.
Harps converted converted a free to being it back to two with five gone in the second half.
Both sides had missed opportunities in what was a fast flowing game.
Midway through the half, Colin O’Connor slotted over a point before high drama ensued, Jake Magill awarded Harps a penalty. With three separating the sides, a goal for Harps would level matters but Jamie had other ideas, a superb save and once again our lead was intact.
We pushed on with points from Cian, Calum and Paudie and with the final whistle minutes away, we had a comfortable lead. Harps scored a point to reduce the deficit but we weren’t finished scoring yet, Mel (F), Cian and Calum scored a point each before Armagh Harps scored the last score of the night, a point to leave the score at full time;
Armagh Harps 0-8 Cross 0-15 

Two minutes with the man of the moment, lucky Fr Kevin Cullen

RM; Fr Cullen, the phone rang late on Sunday night, what were your immediate thoughts?
FR K; I wasn’t long home from Blayney where I was playing whist. The phone rang and I immediately thought a late night call usually indicates someone is dying or has passed but I’m happy to report it was Peadar McCoy with good news.
RM; Where you in shock?
Fr K; Yes, i didn’t sleep much Sunday night, I just couldn’t believe it.
I have being playing the same numbers for twenty years in different lottos but I’m not very lucky, twenty or twenty five pound would be the most I have ever won in my life.
It was a big, big surprise.
RM; Any plans for the winnings  Fr Kevin?
Fr K; My Sisters have been ringing! Rita, Una, Jean and Goretti  are extremely good to me so I’ll be looking after them. As for myself, I haven’t really thought about it,
as the saying goes “your health is your wealth”.
RM; Any significance with the numbers Fr Kevin?
Fr K; Well 5 is my lucky number, 7 was my late Father’s lucky number, 19 and 21 sounded good so I stuck with those numbers.
RM; Will you change your numbers now?
Fr K; I don’t need to win anymore but I’ll stick with the same numbers  just incase!

Congratulations once again Fr Kevin, the whole community and further afield are absolutely thrilled with your win and we wish you more good fortune but above all, good health and happiness for the future.
Monday 17th June
U18.5 Div 1 Rd 7
Cross V Madden, Cross , 7.15pm
U10.5 (A) Rd 9
Pearse Ogs V Cross, Pearse Ogs.
U10.5 (B) Rd 9
Cross V Belleek, Cross 
U16.5 Div 1 Rd 6
Clann Éireann V Cross, Clann Éireann, 7.15pm
IFL (B) Rd 10
Cross V Eire Og,  Cross @8pm
SFL (A), Rd 9
Maghery  V Cross, Maghery @8,30pm
Saturday 22nd June 
U8.5 (C) Rd 8
Cross V  Carrickcruppen, Cross
U8.5 (D) Rd 9
Cross V Shamrocks, Cross 
U12.5 (C) Rd 9
Shane O’Neills V Cross  @4pm
Stars of the future;
Cross V Culloville
Both squads were in top form when they played against each other on Thursday evening.
Well done boys and girls, you were all brilliant.
Crossmaglen Rangers Mini Tractor Run
As a mark of respect to the Shield’s family on the death of Joan RIP, our mini tractor run scheduled to take place on Sunday was postponed.
It will now take place on Sunday 23rd June.
Registration on Friday evening, 21st June, 7-8pm, Rangers Hall (Back room).
Sponsor A Ball

Ashfield Golf Course will sponsor the ball for our Senior league fixture against  Maghery on Friday  evening. Many thanks to Donal for your sponsorship and ongoing support.
Monaghan V Armagh
Good luck to James, Paul, Rían, Oisin, Jamie and the Armagh team and management who play against Monaghan on Saturday in the qualifiers.
Huge congratulations to Rían O’Neill who recently was the recipient of  a Quinn Building Products Ulster GAA Writers Association monthly merit award in recognition of his super performance in the recent Armagh V Down Ulster championship match.
At a presentation ceremony in Quinn’s Corner Restaurant, Rían received an engraved Belleek Living vase, specially designed cuff links from Carlingford Design House and sports gear from O’Neill’s International Sports.
Well done Rían, truly well deserved.

Cross Ladies Football Notes:

Crossmaglen Ladies would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Shield’s family on the passing of Joan. A true supporter of the club, she followed each of her grand-daughters, with great zeal and was a great character in the stand. Sosa i síocháin.

Cross Ladies Football Notes:

Games & Training Info:

This week sees the start of the second half of the senior ladies football league. To date we have five wins out of six games.

Next Senior league match v Forkhill on Monday 13th June @8pm in Crossmaglen.

The U14 Championship was postponed, Paul and Frank will be in touch with details later in the week.

The second leg of the U12.5 started on Thursday night, with a game against Clann Na Gael. The girls played well from the start, and came away with a good win. Well done girls. U10 & 12 girls continue in their league campaign, playing Clann Eireaan on Monday night. They are also due to play Cullyhanna on Sunday, time to be confirmed.

Registration: There are still some outstanding memberships for this season. Can all players ensure they are paid up as soon as possible? Membership can be given to any team manager.

Wedding Bells
We send out heartiest congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Ross Kernan who got married at the weekend.
Wishing you many years of good health and happiness, Ross and Amy.
Club Lotto


Draw; 16/06/19
Numbers Drawn; 2  7  28  29 
1 Matched 3 numbers; Donnacha Hughes, C/O Paudie Hughes wins £100. Well Done Donnacha.
Jackpot; £1,100/€2,100
Next Draw; 23/06/19 
John Patrick Kennon, Ballymoyer
Sympathy is extended to Evelyn, Pat, Aaron, Ryan & Caitlin Caraher and the extended Kennon family on the sad passing of Evelyn’s Father, John Patrick.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
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