Wednesday 21 November 2018

AIB CLUB SFC : Cross' near to London scalding

CROSSMAGLEN Rangers booked their ticket to the All-Ireland Club SFC semi-final but they got a rare fright from London champions Kingdom Kerry Gaels in a cracking tie in Ruislip. The London side were a revelation. And they will look back on the game as one they could just as easily have won. They gave away two soft goals and wasted quite a few scoring opportunities early on.

CROSSMAGLEN RGRS 2-10

KINGDOM KERRY GAELS 1-9

All-Ireland Club SFC Q/final

CROSSMAGLEN Rangers booked their ticket to the All-Ireland Club SFC semi-final but they got a rare fright from London champions Kingdom Kerry Gaels in a cracking tie in Ruislip.

The London side were a revelation. And they will look back on the game as one they could just as easily have won. They gave away two soft goals and wasted quite a few scoring opportunities early on.

However, Crossmaglen gathered themselves sufficiently to make it to the winning line, but they were put through the ringer by a Gaels side that refused to be overawed.

"We could have won that one, no doubt about it; this was the day to do it. We gave away two soft goals and failed to take our scores when they were there in front of us," said Gaels official Gerry O'Donoghue.

In Colm Foody, Gaels had the 'Man of the Match'. Every time the Mayoman gained possession he caused endless trouble for the visitors' rearguard.

The first half was a fifty-fifty affair. Cathal Short's third minute goal was vital for Crossmaglen - and it was that score which separated the sides at half-time.

Fifteen minutes into the second half Crossmaglen were ahead by 1-7 to 0-7. They got the break they badly needed after 16 minutes when Short was fouled and Oisín McConville made no mistake from the spot.

However, the London side refused to lie down. Within a minute, 41-year-old sub Jim Landy took advantage of Eamon Brennan's quick free to crash the ball to the net.

When Gordon Weldon tapped over a fine point, the visitors' lead had suddenly gone from six points to one with three minutes plus injury time to go.

Crossmaglen, though, steadied their ship. Oisín McConville hit two frees and when John Murtagh sent over a beauty, the Armaghmen were through.

SCORERS - Crossmaglen: O McConville 1-4 (4f, 1-0 pen); C Short 1-1; J Murtagh, S Clarke 0-2 each; A Kernan 0-1. Kingdom Kerry Gaels: G Weldon 0-4 (2f); C Foody 0-3; J Landy 1-0; E Brennan, P McDonagh 0-1 each.

CROSSMAGLEN - P Hearty; J Donaldson, F Bellew, C Dooley; A Kernan, T McEntee, G McShane; S Clarke, S Kernan; M McNamee, A Cunningham, O McConville; J Murtagh, C Short, C O'Neill. Subs: S McNamee for McEntee, J Hughes for McNamee, M Aherne for Murtagh.

KINGDOM KERRY GAELS - S Howard; C Costelloe, K Scanlon, P Earley; P McDonagh, T Earley, K Waldron; S Sheehan, E Brennan; A Dillane, G Weldon, H Murphy; J Murphy, C Hamill, C Foody. Subs: J Landy for Hamill.

REF - P Fox (Westmeath).

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