Saturday 10 December 2016

St Patrick's end Crossmaglen reign

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Published 03/10/2016 | 02:30

Kieran Hughes of Scotstown in action against Paul McGuigan of Clontibret O’Neill’s
during yesterday’s Monaghan club final. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Kieran Hughes of Scotstown in action against Paul McGuigan of Clontibret O’Neill’s during yesterday’s Monaghan club final. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

All good things come to an end. Crossmaglen Rangers' dream of landing the Armagh football title for the 20th time in 21 years was dramatically sabotaged at the Athletic Grounds last night.

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Leading by two points with less than a minute left, St Patrick's Cullyhanna plundered the most improbable of victories when Aidan Nugent's '45' was flicked to the net by Malachy Mackin, catapulting the challengers into a one-point lead.

And that's how it finished, St Patrick's blazing their way into a final showdown with Maghery on a 1-15 to 0-17 scoreline.

Nugent didn't just get the goal - his ten points underpinned St Patrick's stunning triumph.

Shea Hoey, Eugene Casey and Paudie McCreesh also got among the scores.

Tony Kernan, Oisin O'Neill, Aaron Kernan, Martin Ahern and Rian O'Neill contributed to the Rangers total, but the team's cause was not helped when Garvan Carragher was dismissed.

Rangers, who had survived a close call against Harps in the quarter-final, thus surrendered their Armagh and Ulster club titles, leaving the way open for other clubs.

Cargin reached another Antrim championship final following their 1-21 to 2-12 win over St John's yesterday in a semi-final that was laced with some fine scoring.

There was something of a turn-up in the Tyrone championship when Coalisland overcame Clonoe by 0-15 to 0-8 in a feisty semi-final replay.

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