Still on Course

September 4, 2012

Crossmaglen Rangers dreams of an unprecedented third All-Ireland club title remain intact as they reached the last four in the Armagh Championship. Despite being without the services of Jamie Clarke and Dannny O’Callaghan (who are both out of the country) and a raft of injuries Rangers have overcome Armagh Harps and Maghery. Traditionally negotiating their way through their County Championship has not come easy for Cross and they will have to show considerable improvement to overcome their semi-final opponents who have yet to be drawn. Already with their name in the hat, thanks to their 2-5 to 0-10 win over Culloville, are St Patrick’s who will await the return of Ciaran McKeever from abroad to boost their final prospects. The way for the last four draw could be clear after next Saturday’s double header quarter finals at the Morgan Athletic Grounds. Carrickcruppen will take on Sarsfields and many peoples fancy to topple the reigning triple champions, Pearse Og have to negotiate their neighbours Ballymacnab to make the last four.

On a busy weekend despite the All-Ireland hurling final the Junior football semi-finals also take place with Forkhill facing An Port Mor on Friday night at the Morgan Athletic Grounds with the same venue hosting the second semi on Monday night as Annaghmore take on Tullysarran. The Intermediate semi-final draw is complete following Mullaghbawn’s 0-17 to 1-9 replay win over Madden. The reward for Mullaghbawn is a derby clash with neighbours Killeavy with St Peter’s meeting Wolfe Tones for a final spot.