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Crossmaglen Rangers braced for thrilling climax

Armagh SFC

By John Campbell

The Armagh senior football championship semi-final bill of fare could hardly be more attractive.

Following the quarter-finals, the semi-final draw was made last night and this will see holders Crossmaglen Rangers paired with their great south Armagh rivals and neighbours St Patrick's Cullyhanna while surprise packet Clann Eireann will face Maghery.

"The competition is building up to a terrific climax and, while Rangers are still favourites, there will still be a great battle for the title," said county board spokesman Sean O Maoliste.

Yesterday Rangers were given a major fright by Armagh Harps only managing to win by 1-16 to 1-13 after a titanic tussle between two well-matched sides.

Tony Kernan scored the Rangers' goal and his brother Aaron was inspirational throughout, while Ryan McShane found the net for Harps.

Maghery, meanwhile, beat Dromintee by 1-15 to 2-5 with Conor Mackle proving their ace marksman,

St Patrick's beat Wolfe Tones by 1-13 to 1-7 with Shea Hoey hitting seven points for the winners, while James Doyle scored the Tones' goal that helped to keep them in contention.

Clann Eireann created something of an upset when they beat fancied Ballymacnab by 0-11 to 0-10 in a tough, physical encounter.

The dismissals of Jack Grugan and Ryan Kennedy impacted on Ballymacnab's performance while Clann Eireann's Shay Heffron was also shown a red card.

Their advance to the semi-finals means that Clann Eireann can still entertain hopes of championship success having already taken delivery of the Division Two league trophy.

In the Antrim quarter-final replay, Lamh Dhearg beat O'Donovan Rossa by 1-12 to 2-6, but may have to wait until Wednesday week until they see semi-final action.

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