Errigal Ciaran found Crossmaglen too tough a nut to crack this afternoon and missed out on a place in the Ulster Club final. The Tyrone champions had more than matched their opponents in a fast paced and very exciting opening thirty minutes and reached the break deservedly a point in front.
The game began at a fearsome pace but it was Crossmaglen that started best and they came close to snatching a goal with their very first attack of the game as Jamie Clarke’s goalbound effort came back off the crossbar. The curly headed corner forward went on to have an outstanding game and it was he that scored the reigning All Ireland champions first goal managing to catch, spin and shoot all in one movement midway through the opening half. However Errigal never flinched from the task at hand and by the break had fought their way back to go in a point ahead.
Sadly for the Tyrone champions that was as good as it got as the Armagh side upped the pace of the game and edged in front. Once they had their noses in front there was no coming back for Errigal and Cross finished deserving winners. Errigal can feel proud of their contribution not only for today’s game but for their run through Tyrone and their fine league form as well.
While defeat may be hard to take today there is no doubt that this young team will benefit from the experience and look likely to come back even stronger and better next year. They still have the final of the Division One Reserve knockout to play for as well as the senior league title so with the double in their sights the season is far from over yet.