Ulster SFC: Cross looking good

November 10, 2008
First time Fermanagh champions St. Patrick's were taught a major lesson by the experienced Crossmaglen Rangers, after the Armagh side took a comfortable seven-point win on home soil at St. Oliver Plunkett Park by 0-13 to 0-6. Despite finishing on the wrong end of the full-time score-line Patrick's started brightly and only trailed by 0-3 to 0-2 early in this game with Eamon Maguire providing their early scores. But Rangers experience told as Oisin McConville, Aaron Kernan, David McKenna and Martin Ahearn all kicked points, seven in succession to firm up a 0-10 to 0-2 lead at the interval. Scores didn't flow as freely in the second half, but it mattered little for 'Cross' who secured a semi-final spot despite a strong performance from county man Shane McDermott for Pat's. Gary Maguire together with scores from Eamonn Maguire and Patrick Cadden boosted the Fermanagh men but Crossmaglen had that bit more in reserve. Crossmaglen - P Hearty; R Carragher, F Bellew, P McKeown; A Kernan 0-3, J Donaldson, P Kernan; T McEntee, D McKenna 0-2; M McNamee, J McEntee, M Ahern 0-2; T Kernan 0-2, C Short, O McConville 0-3. Subs - J Clarke for Ahern, S Kernan for McNamee, J Murtagh for T Kernan, R Kelly for Short, K Carragher 0-1 for McConville. St. Patrick's - P Quaile; M Collins, R McCaffrey, B O'Reilly; P Grue, J McGovern, M O'Reilly; S McDermott 0-1, R Daly; P Cadden 0-1, C O'Reilly, G Maguire 0-1; J Cadden, E Maguire 0-3, F O'Reilly. Subs - M McGrade for Collins. Ref - B Crowe (Cavan).


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