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Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 24/12/18


FonaCab Ulster Minor Championship 
Cross V Ballyholland Harps

On Sunday all roads led to West Belfast for our Ulster Minor Championship clash against Down champions, Ballyholland Harps.
Conditions were good for the game, dry with only a slight breeze.
We got to a dream start, the game only seconds old when Cían McConville had the ball in the back of the oppositions net. An Oisín Doyle point minutes later and with five gone on the clock we led 1-1 to no score.
Ballyholland got their opening scores, two points in quick succession to reduce our lead to two.
Both sides had missed chances before Ballyholland got a goal and for the first time in the match, they had the lead by the narrowest of margins. As the game entered the second quarter, points from Cían McConville and Odhran Kieran edged us in front once more. Our no 1, Stephen Morgan excelled in goals, pulling off a number of fantastic saves.
As the minutes ticked down to half time, points from Oisín Doyle and Cían McConville both from frees converted put three between the sides and seconds before the half time whistle blew, Ballyholland scored a point to leave the score at the break;
Cross 1-05 Ballyholland Harps 1-03
A Ballyholland point at the start of the second half brought it back to one point game before Oisín Doyle converted a free to stretch the lead to two. A super pass from Oisín Doyle to Odhran Kieran who was dragged down, saw us awarded a penalty. Cían struck it superbly to give him his second goal of the match and to strengthen our lead.
Ballyholland responded, two points in as minutes, (1,f) to leave three between the sides midway though the second half.
With ten left the clock, Ballyholland got their second goal to leave it 2-6 a piece but only for a short period of time, seconds later the ball was the opposite end of the field, a fantastic pass to James Teelan who scored our third goal but again, Ballyholland responded, two unanswered points and with five minutes left we were down to a one point game, nail biting stuff.
We finished the game very strong, three points one after another, Cian (2) and Odhran (1) helped to seal the victory and we booked our place in the final on New Years Day where we play either St Eunan’s or Bellaghy.
Cross 3-09 Ballyholland Harps 2-08
Well done to the entire squad on what was a fantastic all round team performance. Well done also to the management, Stephen Kernan & Thomas Cassidy & Peter McAllister (Backroom)
It was a brilliant entertaining game of football. Hard luck to Ballyholland and thanks very much for your good wishes for the final.
Good luck in the final lads.

Lets show our support for the boys!
In the build up to the Ulster Minor final, I will be posting “messages of support”.

PM Cross Rangers or email, [email protected] with your messages.

Texas Hold’em 
On Saturday 29th December our any annual poker classic takes place, shuffle & deal @6pm.
Tickets cost £30 and would be an ideal Christmas present .
Please contact Paddy Kindlon or Tony Brady to purchasing tickets.
Lotto Draw
The next lotto draw will take place on Sunday 6th January. The jackpot is an amazing £12,000/€13,000. Tickets on sale in a number of outlets or play online at;



Executive Meeting 

The first executive meeting of the New Year will take place on Tuesday 8th January at 9.00pm.



Wedding Bells


The entire club send our very best wishes to senior player, Kyle Carragher & Dearbhla Teelan who are getting married over the festive season. Wishing you many years of good health and happiness, Kyle & Dearbhla.
Melbourne Kids GAA
Michael from Melbourne Kids GAA was in contact during the week to tell us about the mighty work our very own Michael McShane is doing with the Australian club. Michael (or Mike as he is affectionately known as Down Under) is a coach and is inspiring the next generation of footballers and hurlers.
Well done Michael!
Well Done
Well done Caoimhinn O’Neill, Faye Fitzpatrick, Aislinn McMahon, Riona McConville & the Sacred Heart Grammar School, Newry on their super win in the Ulster colleges camogie semi final. Good luck in the final girls.
Good Luck 
Good luck to Mona McEntee & staff on the opening of her renovated shop and deli during the week.
Good luck also to Patrick McEneaney who embarks on a new adventure  in 2019 with the opening of Nanny Hughes’s pizzeria.
Ulster GAA 
Ulster GAA has announced details of its 2019 Volunteer Development Pathway for all club officers across Ulster to help develop capacity of clubs in 2019 across key issues.
Please see for details on to register for the upcoming training programmes.
St Stephens 5km Fun Run/Walk/
Naomi Malachi have organised a 5km run/walk on Boxing Day in aid of North Louth Hospice.
Registration is open from 9.30am and the walk/run starts at 11.00am.
Entry fee is €10.




National Draw 


Our committee members are now selling the National Draw tickets. There are super prizes to be won and we have added four bonus prizes; a top of the range TV & three meals vouchers for local hotels. Tickets cost €10 and the draw will take place on Thursday 6th March 2019. Please support the draw as all funds raised will be retained by the club

Online Notes
The online notes are posted every Sunday night on our website, on FB and Twitter. Starting in January, any business who would like to sponsor the online notes, please PM Cross Rangers or telephone 0876659126. Included in the notes will be the business’s logo/contact details. This is an ideal opportunity to promote your business and support the club.
The next online Notes will be posted 07/01/18 and will be sponsored by Ashfield Golf Course, Cullyhanna.



New Year


As a busy and very successful 2018 comes to a close, we would like to say a huge thanks to everyone in the club who assisted in anyway. The year was capped by our Seniors winning the Armagh Senior football Championship for the forty fourth time in our club history and also our Minors, being crowned Armagh Champions and their tremendous journey in the Ulster Chamoionship continues. Many individuals have received awards, we are so so proud of each and every one of you. To all our committee members and volunteers who work so hard behind the scenes, thank you so much. Thanks to all our coaches, mentors and back room staff who work tirelessly. Huge thanks to all our sponsors and in particular Bar One. We look forward to a healthy, happy and successful 2019!

sona Nollag agus an bhliain nua.

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