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Carrickcruppen’s poor form on their travels continued last Friday night when they were comprehensively beaten by Dromintee on a scoreline of 0-16 to 0-8. ‘Cruppen played against the wind in the first half and had been defensively sound and maintained the ball throughout passages of play, backing each other up against a physically challenging Dromintee side.

At the halftime whistle ‘Cruppen looked the stronger going in just one point down against the wind. Dromintee got their tactics spot on in the second half pulling everyone behind the ball, Cruppen didn’t push up as they should have and often allowed Dromintee to play possession football; often fist passing the ball to the spare men that they had in numbers. ‘Cruppen had still been in the game with 10 minutes to go but Dromintee showed greater heart and determination and pulled away to win the game.

This was another disappointing performance for Carrickcruppen and if they are able to transfer some of the home form to the away games and become more consistent, then a few more points on the league table will see them to safety. A special mention must go to young Caolan McCullough for making some very intelligent runs and not giving up until the final whistle. A massive improvement is needed for the visit of All-Ireland Club Champions Crossmaglen Rangers on Wednesday night.


The Reserve team entertained Pearse Ogs last Wednesday night in the first round of the Reserve championship and against all predictions came away with a 4 point victory. Ogs arrived with a very strong squad and the Cruppen lads were initially overawed with their Cathedral City opponents, giving them too much room and respect, allowing them to coast into a six point lead at half time.

Following the break, a number of positional changes seemed to steady ‘Cruppen and they began to eat into the visitors’ lead. A rather fortuitous goal from a 45m free from Peter Loughran set the wheels in motion for the ‘Cruppen fightback with the same player netting from the penalty spot two minutes later. ‘Cruppen – led by Paul Cunningham in midfield – tied the game up in the last 10 minutes, restricting Ogs to shooting from far out. At the final whistle ‘Cruppen had won by 4 points.

The ‘Cruppen defence was again superbly marshalled by Noel Finnegan and Darren O Grady, with youngsters Conor McShane, Nathan Bradley and Eamon McArdle to the fore. Paul Cunningham got through a mountain of work at midfield, with Lee Fallon taking over after half time to bolster the middle third superbly. As ever, Peter Loughran led the line with aplomb, with Brendan Doran and Dan O Hare always dangerous.


Carrickcruppen traveled to Ballymacnab on Monday night last and came home with their first win of the season. In a very even match ‘Cruppen produced a much improved performance with some great individual performances throughout the team; Blaine Hughes, Conor McShane, Nathan Reavey and Ross Flynn having fine games in defence.

Conor Boyle, Nathan Bradley and Seamus Morgan provided a solid platform for going forward. Blaine Malone was excellent in midfield. While in the forward line Aidan Turley, David Craven, Daniel Lewis, Conor Sloan and Caolan McCullough all got on the scoreboard. This was a fine display against a high flying Ballymacnab team and will hopefully kick start their season.


The Under 12 game against Cullyhanna will now take place this Tuesday night in the field at 7pm. All players are asked to be at Carrickcruppen for 6:30pm.


The Under 10 game against Madden will now take place this Thursday night in the field at 7pm. All players are asked to be at Carrickcruppen for 6:30pm.


The club are having a ‘Guess the Score’ in Armagh’s forthcoming Ulster Championship match against Tyrone on Sunday 10th June, so for all you budding Nostradamus out there get your £’s out and tell us what the correct score will be. It is £1 per line and if you’re an expert in predicting the correct score then you will grab yourself £50.


There will be a pre-Armagh v Tyrone championship match debate in the clubhouse on Thursday 31st May commencing at 8:30pm sharp. This follows on from the successful night which was held last year. Former Armagh Greats Paul McGrane and Benny Tierney will be there, and the final panel of experts will be confirmed during the week. This, as always is a great nights craic, admission is £5 and all proceeds go towards the day to day running costs of the Club. For more information keep an eye on Club notes and also ClubCall in Thursday’s Irish News.


All at Carrickcruppen would like to wish our underage player Orla Garvey a speedy recovery after she was hospitalised after an incident in a recent game. Hope to see you back on the field again soon Orla!


You can all now follow Carrickcruppen on Facebook, where all updates on club activity will be available for everyone to see. Add us Carrickcruppen GAC.


The Social Club is available for hire for all functions free of charge, so if you are thinking of having birthday parties, christenings, confirmations, communions or holding a charity night the Club is available for you. Contact any member of the Committee or call into the Social Club which is open Thursday through to Sunday nights.


Orders are now being taken for Club merchandise such as jerseys, hoodies and Carrickcruppen gloves. Anyone wishing to order any merchandise is asked to contact Barbara Beattie, Jennifer Kelly or Claire McArdle who will be at the Under 8 and Under 10 training on Friday night.


There was no jackpot winner in this week’s lotto and next week’s jackpot stands at £2150.00. The lotto provides the club with much needed income and if any member can help out on a weekly basis by either selling tickets or even by buying a few tickets they can contact Gerry McDonnell on 02830 839280.


There are Irish Dancing classes in the club every Tuesday and Thursday for aged 4 upwards. All levels of dancers and new participants are welcome. Anyone wishing to attend the Irish Dancing are asked to contact Sarah Barry on 07985589084.


Anyone wishing to put anything in the Club notes is asked to do so by email or by contacting Brenda Hughes on 07773386457 or Anthony Keenan on 07857957527.

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