Crossmaglen 2-22 Ballymacnab 0-3
Crossmaglen claimed their 38th Armagh Senior Football Championship title, with a twenty five point drubbing of Ballymacnab on Sunday afternoon. The former All Ireland club champions now qualify for a meeting with St Gall’s in the Ulster Club Championship. On this performance they are still the team to beat in the province and will take some stopping.
This final was a total mismatch from start to finish, with Cross leading by 0-12 to 0-1 at the interval. Even at that early stage there was no way back for the underdogs, but in fairness to the victors, they never took their foot off the gas and played right until the final whistle. The competition for places on the side is very strong, and Oisin McConville only managed a late appearance as a substitute. Indeed but for the heroics of Nab goalkeeper, Sean Hughes, the result of this match could have been even worse for his side. He saved a penalty from Stephen Kernan in the first half, when Cross led 0-7 to 0-0. That would have finished the tie even earlier if it had gone in.
Jamie Clarke was the only one of the Cross forwards who failed to get on the scoreboard on the day,and he was substituted late on. All the others were on form and even those that were introduced got in on the act. Kyle Brennan found the net less than a minute after being introduced into the action. It will be a difficult job for management to pick their first fifteen for the St Gall’s game, as a number of this Cross side impressed on the day.
For the losers, Stephen Hughes was the outstanding player, keeping his side in the game with a number of fine saves. The forwards were very disappointing, managing just a single point in the first half, and adding two more after the interval. As expected, Cross march on and must be worthy favourites to add yet another Ulster crown to their tally.