Craobh Rua crowned County Champions

September 2, 2013

Craobh Rua Camlocha Hurlers created history when they lifted the Armagh Hurling title for the first time in a pulsating contest against a gallant Sean Treacy’s of Lurgan. The Lurgan side, who went into the game as favourites, scored a first minute goal and went in at half time holding a 1-8 to 0-6 lead. However, a determined effort by the Camloch based club spearheaded by Eoin Robb and a well taken Fionnán Burns goal early in the second half saw them win the title by the narrowest of margins 1-12 to 1-11. It was an all round sound team performance with players giving a committed and skilful display. In the latter stages of the game the defence led by full back Mark Fleming remained steadfast and denied the Lurgan team any opportunity to take the game to extra time.

The Craobh Rua team: Ryan Lundy, Hugh Hanna, Mark Fleming, Colm Creaney, Mícheal Doran, Michael Garvey (Captain), Seán Casey, Fiachra Bradley, Ryan Lewis, Conor Devlin, Micheál Bradley, Fionnán Burns, Joseph O’Connor, Paul Cunningham, Eoghan Robb, Darragh McNulty, Kyle Kane, Aodhan Nutley, Louis Doyle, Christopher Flynn, Jay O’Hare, Patrick O’Connor, Damien Britton, Michael Lewis, Brian Mc Kevitt. The team managers Paddy Brady, David Treanor assisted by John Crossey, Aodhan Magennis and Physio John Mc Auley

There were scenes of genuine delight at the final whistle when players past and present realised that their long challenge to lift the Armagh title had finally been overcome.