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Rangers show grit to grab draw

By John Campbell

Four nasty injuries, a player sent off, some desperate last-ditch defending in extra-time - Crossmaglen Rangers certainly did things the hard way in surviving against Cavan side Southern Gaels in the Ulster Minor club football tournament at St Paul's, Belfast yesterday.

The match eventually finished all-square at 1-10 to 0-13, Owen Keenan scoring the only goal to keep Rangers afloat. The Armagh champions led by 1-7 to 0-7 at half-time in normal time, Keenan and Oisin O'Neill in the vanguard of their lively attack.

But Rangers did not score in the second-half and with Robbie Fitzpatrick and Ruane McDonald lively in the Southern Gaels attack, they helped their side maintain parity of esteem at the end of normal time (1-7 to 0-10).

Rangers appeared to have seized the initiative in extra-time but Brian Coyle landed a point to leave the minimum gap between the teams before Fitzpatrick converted a last-gasp effort to set-up a replay next Saturday.

In the Ulster Minor Hurling club final, Slaughtneil cantered to a 5-9 to 0-5 victory over Down side Leitrim Fontenoys.

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