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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.

Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 28/10/19

 


Good Luck 

Good luck and best wishes to our senior team and management on Saturday evening when they play Clontibret in the first round of the Ulster club championship.

Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 21/10/19


Cormac Leonard Armagh SFC Final 

Cross V Ballymacnab

A cold crisp day in Armagh left conditions good for the Armagh Senior Football Championship Final.
Jake Magill was the man in charge of proceedings.
The opening minutes were a fast encounter with both teams settling quickly, each side matching score for score, Oisin, Cían (F) and Colin scores matched by the nab. In the twelfth minute the opposition took the lead with a super strike from Gavin McPsrland which ended up in the roof of our net.
A super strike from Oisin sailed over the bar to reduce the deficit to two.
Both sides had missed opportunities and it was a further ten minutes before another score registered, a point for Ballymacnab and once again it was a three point game. The closing minutes of the half both sides register two points a piece, Rían (F) and Cian our scorers to leave the goal the difference between the sides at the break.
Cross 0-06 Ballymacnab 1-06
Ballymacnab opened the scoring of the second half with a point in the second minute to stretch their lead. We responded three points in as many minutes, Rían and Stephen Morris (2) and we now had a one point game. We were struck another below, against the run of play, Ballymacnab scored their second goal followed quickly by a point and once again we were playing catch up but only for a short period of time.
Oisin converted a free in the tenth minute, this signalled a scoring spree, a spree which saw us score eight points without reply, Oisin (2F) Paul (2) Alan, Callum (2) and Mel to put us in a commanding position with minutes remaining.
Ballymacnab scored a point before a super strike from Colin O’Connor landed in the Nab net. The icing on the cake came when with seconds remaining, Oisin O’Neill blasted home our second goal to seal the victory and  for the forty fifth time in our club history we were crowned  Armagh  Senior Football Champions.
Cross 2-18 Ballymacnab 2-09
What a second half display!
Well done to the entire squad, Kieran, Francis and Micéal. We are so proud of you all.
We will now meet John Mc’s, Clontibret in the first round of Ulster which will be played in the Athletic Grounds on Saturday 2nd November, time tbc.

Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 14/10/19

Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 07/10/19

 

Armagh SFC SF

Cross V Maghery
Heavy and persistent rain on Saturday left conditions extremely slippy and difficult for our our semi final clash against Maghery. A draw in the other semi final which resulted in extra time saw a late start for the game.
We got off to a blistering start, a super high ball from Mel Boyce into Oisin O’Neill who blasted the ball into the Maghery net to register the opening score of the semi final with the game less than a minute old. Points followed from Cian and Rían to give us a comfortable lead early on. With the rain pouring down, both sides had missed opportunities. Just past the midway point of the first half, Maghery scored their opening score, a point.
As the minutes ticked down to the break, Rían and Cian registered a point each, both the results of frees converted to leave the score at the break;
Cross 1-04 Maghery 0-01
We scored three points without reply in the opening minutes of the second half, Rían (F), Cian and Callum to extend our lead. Both sides traded points (Alan) and with ten to go we were in a commanding position. The opposition scored two points in as many minutes to reduce the deficit. Colin O’Connor slotted over a point before Maghery once again scored two points one after the other. With full time approaching, a superb pass from Rían to Oisin who hit a rasper of a shot which rattled the Maghery net, Oisin’s second goal of the night and the victory sealed. As the game entered injury time, Maghery scored a point to bring the scoring of the contest to a close.
Cross 2-09 Maghery 0-07
Well done lads and management.
We will now play Ballymacnab in the Armagh Senior Football Championship Final on Sunday October 20th in the Arhletic Grounds. 
We ask all our supporters, businesses and friends to get the flags and bunting up and show our support for the boys as we bid for our 45th Armagh Senior Football Championship title.
Anyone who would like to send good a luck message for the team, can do so by emailing [email protected], what’s app 0876659126 or PM Cross Rangers and I’ll share them on all our social media platforms in the  run up to the final.
Well done  to Pearse Larkin who sang amhran na bhfiann before the Cross V Maghery match.

Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 30/09/19

 

 

Congratulations
Congratulations and good luck to Rían O’Neill who has been nominated for a 2019 GAA-GPA PwC All Star and is also one of three footballers to be shortlisted for the Young Footballer Of The Year.
It is a great honour for the club and County. Well done Rían.
We also send our congratulations to Jarley Og Burns on his All Star Nomination.
The winners will be announced at the All Star Awards which will take place on Friday 2nd November in Dublin’s Convention Centre and will be screened live by RTÉ TV.
Fixture
Good luck to our senior team and management on Saturday evening in the Armagh Senior football championship SF.