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Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 26/08/19





Armagh SFC Group 1 Rd 2

Sarsfields V Cross
All roads led to Derrytrasna on Sunday afternoon for Armagh SFC Group 1 Rd 2 match.
Rían opened the scoring, converting a ‘45 in the second minute.
Points followed from Stephen Morris (2) and Aaron before a superb pass from Mel to Arron which resulted in the opening goal of the contest. Each team registered three points a piece, Oisin, Aaron(F) and Cían and as the game entered the last quarter we had a comfortable lead.
A fantastic catch from Rian who kicked the ball to Cían who headed for goal, turned, shot into the roof of the sarsfields net to give us our second goal and extend our lead.
Rian and Colin scored a point each which was matched by the home side
With a little over three to go to the break, Sarsfields worked the ball well down the field and scored their first goal of the afternoon.
Sarsfields converted a free followed by a Stephen Morris point to leave the score at the break;
Sarsfields 2-11 Sarsfields 1-07

Two points from Rían in the opening minutes of the second half were added before high drama ensued, Jake Magill  penalised us for a foot block and awarded Sarsfields a penalty which they scored. Minutes later they had the ball in the back of our net once more to bring it back to a three point game as we entered the final quarter of the match.
Rían slotted over a ‘45, Sarsfields slotted over a point with three still separating the sides we were in for an exciting finale.
A Rían point  from a free brought it to a four point game before Sarsfields scored two points in as many minutes, we now had a two point game with only minutes of normal time remaining. Both sides registered a point, Rian the scorer.
Rico received his second yellow card and we were reduced to fourteen men as the game entered injury time.
A superb long range strike from the boot of Oisin sailed over the bar to extend the lead to three before Rían brought the scoring of the match to a close with a point.
Sarsfields 3-11 Cross 2-18 
Well done lads & management.
Next up is Ballymacnab at home on the 8th September.
Armagh U16.5 Division 1 Championship SF

Cross V Keady

Friday night we travelled to Dorsey for our U16.5 championship semi final clash.
Ollie Hearty was the man in charge of the proceedings.
Keady opened the scoring, a free converted by their full forward got them off the mark.
Seconds later, Ronan Fitzpatrick got his first score of the contest when he slotted over a point from a free to leave it all square in the opening minutes.
We took control of the match, scoring 1-5 without reply, the goal scored by James Teelan after he received a super pass from Bernard Cassidy. The points coming thanks to James Teelan (2), Ronan Fitzpatrick, Dara O’Neill and Pearse Blessing.
Two points from Keady, (1,F) reduced the deficit.
As the game entered the second quarter, Bernard Cassidy was pulled down, Ollie Hearty awarded a penalty but Keady’s number 1 pulled off a fantastic save to prevent us from scoring our second goal of the night. Keady scored a point to add to their tally.
The last ten minutes we were firmly in the driving seat,  points from Caolan Finnegan and Ronan Fitzpatrick extended our lead before a super strike from Orin McKeown  struck the post, rebounded and Bernard Cassidy struck it well to land in the oppositions net to register our second goal. Three points one after another, Dara O’Neill (2,1F) and James Teelan strengthened our lead. Both sides traded points, Ronan Fitzpatrick (F) to bring the scoring of the half to a close.
Cross 2-12 Keady  0-05
We were quick off the mark seconds after Ollie Hearty had thrown the ball to get the second half underway, Dara (F) and James both scoring a point each. Keady scored a point in the eight minute to give them their opening score of the half.
Four points for us in as many minutes, Caolan Finnegan (2), Pearse Blessing and Bernard Cassidy were added to the scoreboard. A point a piece for each side before Keady scored three points in three minutes but we finished the game as we had played the entire match, strong, scoring  1-2, James Teelan and Ronan Fitzpatrick the point scorers and our third goal coming from the boot of Ruairi Kieran to leave the score at full time;
Cross 3-21 Keady 0-10.
The boys will now play Clan na Gael in the final.
Well done lads and management.

Armagh Intermediate Football Championship Rd 3
Tullysaran V Cross 
A bright warm evening in Tullysaran on Saturday left conditions ideal for our Armagh Intermediate match.
The first half saw our boys very much on top of the game, with fifteen minutes played, we led by by five, 1-4 to 0-2, Callum Kieran the goal scorer when the game was only minutes old.
The second quarter, the home side scored two points one after the other before we scored our second goal thanks to Captain Ryan Conlon. We scored a point immediately after the goal, Shane McConville the point scorer. Both sides scored a point a piece before the game was stopped when Shane McConville suffered a head injury. The game resumed with Aaron Moysten, blood substitute. As the game entered injury time, Tullysaran slotted over two long range points to leave the score at the break;
Tullysaran 0-07 Cross 2-06
Seconds after Raymond Watters threw the ball in to get second period of play underway, Tullysaran had a point registered.  This was to be the start of a come back which saw them chip away at our lead. By the twelfth minute they had scored the equaliser but this was to be short lived, the momentum of the opening minutes of the second half pushed them on, they took full control of the game scoring a further 1-6 in the last quarter of the game to run out deserving winners on a score line of;
Tullysaran 1-19 Cross 2-06 
Hard luck lads and management. We now play Middletown next Saturday in Cross at 6pm.

Juvenile Draw

Juvenile draw will take place on Monday, 26th August during the interval at the bingo.
Thanks very much and good luck to to everyone who bought tickets. All monies raised from the draw will go directly to our underage structure.
Crossmaglen  Rangers Summer Camp: In Association With Eugene Duffy Construction

During the week we held our annual summer camp which once again was sponsored by Eugene Duffy Construction.
Two hundred children in attendance, over forty coaches, male and female past and present players who helped out to make the camp such a success which was thoroughly enjoyed by both the little and big people.
The week couldn’t have been such a success without the assistance of a number people;
Gene, Paul, Caroline and the Duffy family, thank you for your support and generous sponsorship.
To our coaches who give up their time to assist at the camp, thank you so much.
Finally, we hope each and every child enjoyed the camp, that they have learnt something new which they will continue to practice it throughout the year but above we hope they had fun.
We look forward to doing it all again next year.
U18.5 Div 1 Championship QF
Madden V Cross, Madden, 7pm
Good luck to the entire squad & management.
U14.5 Div 1 Rd 12
Cross V Killeavy, Cross @7.15pm
U10.5 Section A Rd 5
Silverbridge V Cross, Silverbridge, time TBC
U10.5 Section B Rd 5
White cross V Cross, Whitecross, time TBC
U12.5 Section C Rd 4
Cross V Culloville, Cross, time TBC
Armagh IFC 
Cross V Middletown, Cross  @6pm
Cross Ladies Football Notes: 
Games & Training Info
Championship preparation is in full swing for our ladies teams, so coaches remind girls to make sure they check training and game times over the next few weeks.
The U14s have an important game on Monday evening at 7pm.  This game will determine the outcome of the league, so it is vital that all available players are up and ready to play at 6,15, for a 7pm throw in.
U16 & U14 training continues next Saturday at 4pm.
U10 & U12.5 training continues on Monday night at 6pm. This is a big week for the U12 squad as they prepare for the U12 final on Thursday evening, against Pearse Ogs, venue TBC.
The U12 squad played exceptionally well last Thursday against a very tough Clann Na Gael. It was end to end action and without a doubt the game could’ve went either way. However, Crossmaglen came away with the victory and we wish them all the best in the county final, Thursday evening.
Meanwhile our U10s are preparing for the Maura McNally Blitz on the 7th September. It is an honour to be invited back to this blitz and we are looking forward to a great days football.
Photo: Good Luck to our U12 team in the county final Thursday at 7pm, venue TBC. (Missing from photo Emily King & Erin Crummy)
Legends Of The Game 
This Saturday, 31st August we will travel to Croke Park for the Legends tour which will be led Joe & Aaron Kernan.
There are couple of seats available if anyone wishes to join us.
The cost will be €20 to include tour and bus.
After the tour we will go to the Croke Park Hotel for lunch. (This is optional and extra).
The bus will leave the Rangers Hall at 9am. The tour begins at 11am in Croke Park and will last approximately two hours.
We will arrive back to Cross at 4.30pm approximately.
Please telephone Róisín 0876659126 to book a seat.
Irish travel website, IrishBeforeYouDie.Com have published a fantastic article on the most successful club teams in Irish history.
The travel website is owned by Belfast man, Stephen Haughey. Freelance sports journalist, Dan O’Muirigh, pictured below was tasked with the job to look into the successes of club teams.
Dan, a Senior player with Belfast club, St Galls and son of former St Galls goalkeeper, Paddy Murray was delighted to take on the project, himself a devoted Gael. Dan contacted me and asked would I like to see the results. Dan had guessed who would be the top teams, Nemo Rangers, Corofin and Crossmaglen but he was surprised that a Wicklow side, Baltinglass was in the top ten.
The article is a very interesting  read which gives an intriguing insight into clubs who have reached the pinnacle in club football.
Dan has a number of ideas for his next project including who are the top club scorers. Thanks Dan for sharing the article with us and we wish you continued success in your career and research.
Anyone who would like to read the article, please use the following link to access it;
Congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs McKenna who were married during the week.
Wishing you many years of good health & happiness, David & Ann.
Draw; 25/08/19
Numbers Drawn; 6  17  27  30 
No Jackpot winner
3 match  3 numbers;  Marian, C/O Kieran McShanes, Martin McGeown, C/O Catherine McCabe & Paul McShane, 38 Crinkle Rd win 35 each. Well done to our match three winners.

Jackpot; £2100/€3100

Next Draw; 01/09/18