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Cross Advance In Paul McGirr

Monday 06.11.2017
Team Talk Mag
Championship Football


Crossmaglen Rangers 2-11 Lavey 1-06

A little bit of extra physicality gave Armagh champions Crossmaglen the edge over a talented young Lavey side in the Paul McGirr U16 Club Champions tournament preliminary round on Sunday afternoon in Gardrum Park, Dromore.


It was a tetchy, high quality affair with no quarter asked or given by either side in a game excellently refereed by Ciaran Eannetta. Lavey began in blistering fashion with points from Jamie Duggan, Enda Downey and Matthew Downey giving them an early three-point advantage, but as the weather deteriorated the extra power they had in the middle third helped the Armagh boys gain a foothold on proceedings with the work rate of the Finnegan twins Patrick and man of the match Liam particularly impressive.


Rampaging corner back Orin McKeown got their first score and three from the impressive Dara O’Callaghan put them in front. Patrick Finnegan then got the game’s first goal finishing well after being put through by the tricky James Teelan. Lavey replied immediately with a goal of their own, a penalty converted by Matthew Downey. Points from O’Callaghan and Liam Finnegan left the Armagh champions heading into the break with a three points advantage.


Cross got the perfect start to the second half a high ball into the box was well fielded by their imposing full forward Shane Morgan who finished expertly to the net. They were able to maintain this advantage for the remainder of the game as tempers began to flare, with points from O’Callaghan twice, Teelan, Morgan and Patsy Finnegan replying each time to scores from Calum Downey, Matthew Downey, Shea O’Neill. Crossmaglen joint manager Gene O’Callaghan was pleased with his team’s performance.


“We were delighted to get our first win this this year’s prestigious Paul McGirr championship in what was a hard fought game. We felt we were underdogs coming into the game as we knew Lavey has a number of outstanding players and knew it would take a good team performance if we were to stand any chance of winning. Whilst Dara O’Callaghan finished top scorer for us, we had 7 different players get on the score sheet which is always pleasing. Our midfield of Eoghan McMahon and Patsy Finnegan worked tirelessly for the hour whilst the defence put in a great display restricting Lavey to 3 points from play.”


They now proceed to the first round proper on Sunday when they will face Antrim champions St.Brigids.


Crossmaglen – S Morgan, T Cassidy, T O’Callaghan, O McKeown (0-1), R Duffy, M Murray, R Kieran, E McMahon, P Finnegan ,(1-1), D O’Callaghan (0-5 3F), E Kerley, O Doyle (0-1), L Finnegan (0-1), S Morgan (1-1), J Teelan (0-1) – Subs T Duffy for Murray (BC)


Lavey – J McKendry, N Rafferty, Joseph McGurk, James McGurk, Jamie Duggan (0-1), R Farrell, C Murray, E Downey (0-1 1F), R McGill, S O’Neill (0-1), J Scullion, C Downey (0-1), M Downey (1-2 1F, 1 Pen), Joseph Duggan – Subs M Kuczogi for Joseph Duggan


Picture shows man of the match Liam Og Finnegan receiving his trophy from sponsor Colm MacRory of Spires Art, Omagh.


Picture accreditation Martin McGlone




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