Crossmaglen Rangers notes – 19th March 2012
On Saturday last we made the now familiar journey to Croke Park with high expectations alas it was not to be and we had to be satisfied with a draw. Still half a loaf is better than no bread. On reflection this is a game we should have won as over the hour we had ample opportunities and did not avail of them. Somehow the teamwork that was their in other games was missing with players going for individual scores. Another factor to be taken into consideration was the performance of the the man in the middle, to put it mildly he certainly did us no favours with our defenders being penalised for the slightest infringement while our opponents could pull and haul as they pleased. Maybe justice was done in the end with a draw as Stephen will get a chance to lead the team out in the replay.
To the game itself we made a fairly good start and in the first five minutes we had a couple of opportunities for points but did not avail of them. Benefiting from these let offs the opposition went ahead with two points one from play and one from a free while Jamie Clarke opened our account with a well taken point. Exchanges were fairly even for the next fifteen minutes with each side scoring four points. Our scores coming from Tony and Aaron Kernan, Oisin and Jamie. Then came a crucial moment in the game when we failed to clear our lines we allowed Garrycastle in for a goal. We immediately responded with a point from Jamie but Garrycastle responded wit two points of their own and Mickey Mc Namee finished the half with a great point from play. Half time score Rangers 0 -7 Garrycastle 1 -8, On the resumption it was Rangers who exerted the early pressure but we failed to avail of two scoring opportunities when we dropped the ball into the keepers hands. The pace of the game was beginning to hot up as Oisin and Jamie tagged on two points while our opponents replied with similar scores. By now we had the game by the scruff of the neck and three points by Oisin and one from Tony Kernan brought the sides level. The Athlone boys refused to lie and two points in a row put them back in front with ten minutes left to play. From then on we dominated but all we had to show for it was two points from Oisin and David Mc Kenna while several other chances were not availed off. Final sore Rangers 0 -15 Garrycastle 1- 12. No date or venue has been fixed for the replay.
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Our club provides facilities for twenty four teams. In order to meet increased demand and provide facilities which our young people and members deserve the club are embarking on the second phase of our development programme. In order to do so the club must raise a large amount of money. Members can help out by joining Raonaithe Na Croise and agreeing
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Now is the time of year for the renewal of membership, members will be pleased to note that for the fourth year in a row their has been no increase in fees. Membership fees are Family £30, Adult £20, Students and Senior Citizens £5. Membership must be paid by the 31st March and be paid to Peader Mc Coy or any member of the committee.
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