Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) 2-11 Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) 1-12
Crossmaglen Rangers fought back from six points behind, to defeat Kilmacud Crokes and book their place in the AIB All-Ireland Club SFC final.
Brian Kavanagh’s goal helped Kilmacud into 1-8 to 0-5 half-time lead but the Ulster side refused to give way and battled hard in the closing stages.
Crossmaglen’s Danny O’Callaghan and Crokes duo Kevin Nolan and Brian McGrath were red carded during a tough tie in Navan.
Rangers led for the first time with a 57th-minute point from Kyle Carragher, and Martin Aherne’s two late points sealed the win.
Crokes will feel that this is a game they could have won. In the early stages they played such an explosive brand of football that Cross’ simply couldn’t live with it. However, Rangers joint boss, Tony McEntee felt he knew where it turned:
“I think the main turning point was that Kilmacud abandoned their system of play, they started to move the ball across the pitch, started soloing up the field and running into the tackles. That suited us.”
Scorers – Crossmaglen Rangers: J Clarke 1-1, F Hanratty 1-0, A Kernan 0-3 (3f), O McConville (2f), M Aherne 0-2 each, K Carragher, T Kernan, J Hanratty 0-1 each. Kilmacud Crokes: B Kavanagh 0-7 (5f), C Dias 1-2, L Og O hEineachain, D Kelleher, M Vaughan all 0-1 each.
Crossmaglen Rangers – P Hearty; P McKeown, P Kernan, J Morgan; A Kernan, D O’Callaghan, S Finnegan; J Hanratty, D McKenna; J Clarke, S Kernan, F Hanratty; T Kernan, A Cunningham, O McConville. Subs: J McEntee for McKenna (18), D McKenna for Cunningham (h-t), K Carragher for F Hanratty (43), M Aherne for Finnegan (55), F Bellew for Clarke (61)
Kilmacud Crokes – D Nestor; R O’Carroll, K Nolan, C Lamb; C O’Sullivan, B McGrath, R Ryan; P Duggan, C Dias; L Og O hEineachain, D Kelleher, A Morrissey; P Burke, B Kavanagh, M Coughlan. Subs: B Hanamy for Duggan (20), M Vaughan for Coughlan (37), R O’Carroll for Kelleher (43), B O’Rorke for O hEineachain (55), E Culligan for O’Sullivan (58).
Referee – M Condon (Waterford).