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McCabe on fire to put Rangers into semis

By John Campbell

There is just no stopping Crossmaglen Rangers. Having already captured the Armagh and Ulster senior club titles and with their sights now firmly set on another All-Ireland club prize, the all-conquering south Armagh stronghold outfit is taking time out to focus on the Ulster Club minor title as well.

In their quarter-final against Rostrevor at the St Paul's complex in Belfast, Rangers powered into a commanding position before being reined in after the break. They eventually managed to triumph by 2-14 to 0-12 and clinch a semi-final meeting with Tyrone champions Moortown on Boxing Day.

A superb solo show from mercurial corner-forward Micheal McCabe highlighted the Crossmaglen effort while Rian O'Neill and Stephen Morris formed an impressive partnership at midfield with Oisin O'Neill complementing McCabe's finishing skills up front.

There was another boost for Fermanagh football, too, in what has proven a memorable year for the county.

In yesterday's last quarter-final, Enniskillen Gaels beat Antrim representatives St Enda's (Glengormley) by 3-9 to 3-7.

The winners found themselves 11 points adrift at the half-way stage but proceeded to maximise their wind advantage after the break.

Eoin Nagle (2) and Gareth Morgan had provided the goals which piloted St Enda's into a commanding 3-5 to 0-3 interval lead but Conor Quinn's first goal in the opening minute of the second-half triggered the Gaels' recovery.

In the last minute, substitute Ruairi Quinn proved a hero for St Enda's when he stabbed home their third goal to seal a memorable victory. Enniskillen Gaels will now meet St Eunan's in the other semi-final next weekend.

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