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Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 10/06/19

U14.5 Division 1 Championship Semi Final
Cross V Mullaghabwn
On Thursday night, U14.5 squad were in action for U14.5 Division 1 Championship Semi Final. The game had been scheduled to be played in Killeavy on Tuesday but torrential rain saw the game postponed and refixed for Thursday. A toss of the coin which we won saw us granted a home venue.
We settled quickly, Aron O’Neill scoring a point with the game only twenty seconds old. Aron’s point was quickly followed by six points without reply which built up a comfortable lead for us and we were only in the first quarter of the game. Mullaghawn converted a free to get them off the mark, seconds later the same happened the opposite end of the field, Ryan Martin converted a free which was the start of another scoring spree for the home side, scoring 3-2 in the next ten minutes, a super pass from Ryan Martin to Aron O’Neill who struck the ball into the oppositions net to give us our first goal of the night, Aron scored our second goal and Benny Duffy the third after we were awarded a penalty.
Mullaghbawn’s best spell of the half came in the closing minutes, scoring two goals and two points, Ryan Martin and Conor McConville both scored a point a piece to leave the score at the break;
Cross 3-12 Mullaghabwn 2-03

Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 03/06/19



Valuing the Volunteer – Margaret McShane Crossmaglen Rangers


I was asked by Ulster GAA to pick a volunteer in the club who I feel should receive recognition for their hard-work, dedication and passion for Crossmaglen Rangers. The piece appeared in the match programme, Armagh V Cavan.
I picked the one and only Margaret McShane.

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The future depends on what we do in the present.”  This is a true saying when we think of all the volunteers across the island of Ireland who give up their time, put all their energy and passion into our national game and who will leave a legacy for the next generation to come who will carry on the good work.

Crossmaglen Rangers are no different, we have had and continue to have so many willing volunteers who over the years their contribution and passion for Gaelic Games and in particular Cross Rangers has made our club what it is today.  One of these special people is Margaret McShane.  Margaret(nee McKee) from Ballymacnab married Pat McShane in April 1973, the McShane family have a long affiliation with the club and so began Margaret’s journey with CrossmaglenRangers.


Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 27/05/19


Sponsor A Ball

Short’s Sports & Cycles will sponsor the ball for our Senior league fixture against Dromintee on Thursday night.  Many thanks to Naoise, Mary and the Short family for  your sponsorship and ongoing support for the club.


Naoise Short, Shorts Sports & Cycles presents the ball to Callum Cumiskey



Armagh U14.5 Championship QF
Cross V Clan na Gael 
Referee, Stephen McKinley with the two captains ahead of Armagh U14.5 Championship QF Clash.
Tuesday night saw our U14.5 squad in action against Lurgan side, Clan na Gael in the quarter final of the Championship.
We settled quickly, Fionnan Moley scoring a point not long after Stephen McKinley had thrown the ball in. Benny Duffy followed suit minutes later. Back to back goals for us , Jack Crummy and Shane Gallagher the scorers left us with a strong lead midway through the first half.

Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 20/05/19

Sponsor A Ball

B Cassidy & Sons will sponsor the ball for our Senior league fixture against Cullyhanna  on Saturday evening. Many thanks to Benny, Thomas & the Cassidy families for your sponsorship and ongoing support for the club.
Pic Below;
Thomas Cassidy presents the ball to cousin, Mel Boyce

Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 13/05/19


Armagh SFC A Rd 6
Cross V Dromintee 
Sunday afternoon saw our seniors at home against Dromintee. A bright warm afternoon left conditions ideal for football. Raymond Watters was the man in charge of proceedings.
Dromintee were first to register a score on the scoreboard, a point which was quickly followed by a Miceal McCabe point to get us off the mark.
Both sides had missed chances before Dromintee scored a goal followed quickly by a point to put them in front with less than ten gone on the clock.
Our boys responded, three points without reply to bring it back to a one point game. Just past the midway  point of the half, the away side scored a point to put two in it once again, but points from Mel Boyce and Colin O’Connor levelled  matters as the minutes ticked down to the break. Dromintee brought the scoring of the half to a close with a point to leave the score at half time;
Cross 0-06 Dromintee 1-04
We opened the scoring of the half, two points in quick succession saw us take the lead for only a short period of time, a Dromintee point left it all square once again. As the game entered the final quarter we were in for an exciting finale and  It looked like a draw was on the cards. Some excellent goalkeeping from Stephen Morgan prevented the visitors from scoring. A super score from Oisin O’neill give us a narrow lead . We were awarded a free which Oisin converted to put us ahead by two and only minutes remaining.  Dromintee slotted over a point the result of a free just as normal time was nearly up. As the game entered injury time we held on to win on a score line of;
Cross 0-11 Dromintee 1-07 
Well done lads and management 

Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 06/05/19

Presentation Night 
On Saturday night we held our annual presentation Night. This was a very special evening for a very special group of men, we honoured and paid tribute to the Crossmaglen Rangers teams of the ‘60s who  were hugely successful winning five Senior league and Championship titles in that decade.
Three legends from that era, Brendan Donaghy, Paddy Fitzpatrick & Tom McCreesh took part in a Q & A session with MC Miceal Moley, it was fantastic to hear first hand about matches they played, players and teams they encountered and the many victories they were part of.
Each member of the 1960’s team were presented with a commemorative tie and lapel pin.
We also congratulated and celebrated a fantastic 2018 where our seniors and minors were crowned Armagh Champions.
It was a super night where old friends reunited, football games were replayed and successes were relived.
Thanks very much to Mona and staff for the beautiful meal, Daniel Donegan DJ for the music and to the organising committee especially Aaron Kernan and Gene Duffy for  organising such a wonderful occasion, the first of many where we will remember and honour past teams who brought such glory to our club and their lasting legacy lives on today.
Our 1960’s Victorious teams

Roll of Honour


Kieran Martin – RIP John Martin  – 60,62,65,66,67


Thomas McCreesh – 60,62,65,66,67
Dermot Casey – RIP Hughie & Eamon Casey – 60,62,65,66,67
Brian Morgan – 60,62,65,66,67
Owen McShane – 60,62,65,66,67
Kevin Halpenny- 60,62,65,66,67
Peter Larkin – RIP Gene Larkin – 60,62,65,66,67
Eugene Hanratty  – 60,62,65,66
Jack McEntee –  60,62,66,67
Seamus Morgan – 62,65,66,67
Paddy Fitzpatrick – 62,65,66,67
Gene Duffy – 62,65,66,67
Brendan Donaghy  – 60,62,65
Larry Kearns – 65,66,67
Paddy Murphy – 65,66,67
Patsy Shields – 65,66,67
Oliver McCoy – 60,62
Kevin O’Reilly – RIP John O’Reilly  – 60,62
Brendan McShane – Patsy McShane – 67
Margaret McConville – RIP Patsy McConville – 60
Luke Murphy – 60
Tommy McKeown  – 66
America -Paddy Duffy – 60,62,65,66,67
Birmingham – Bernard Nugent- 60,62
Absent – Tommy Loye- 62
Absent – Jim O’Neill  – 62
Absent – Tom Mackin – 60
Absent – Tommy Close – 67
RIP Oliver McEntee – 67
RIP Seamus Mallon – 65,66
RIP – Tommy Morgan – 60,62
RIP Frank Kernan – 60,62
RIP Mickey Rushe – 60,62,65,66,67
RIP Michael McCreesh  – 60,62,65,66,67
RIP – Francie Rushe – 67
RIP – Paddy Cumiskey – 65