Errigal Ciaran Vs Crossmaglen – 2012 Ulster Club Senior Championship Semi Final

 Errigal Ciaran’s run in the Ulster Senior Club championship came to an end on Sunday when they fell victim to the sheer class of Crossmaglen Rangers in Clones. Many people were hoping that Errigal’s excellent track record against Crossmaglen in the Ulster series would be an advantage but that wasn’t to be when the reigning All-Ireland and Ulster champions recorded a 6 point victory over the Tyrone side.

Errigal had Crossmaglen reasonably controlled in the first half, despite nearly conceding a goal in the opening 30 seconds, and managed to take the lead thanks to points from Darren and Thomas Canavan. However, a brilliant goal from Jamie Clarke mid-way through the half levelled the scoreboard but Errigal still had a one point advantage at HT following a Ronan Mc Rory point.

In the second half, Errigal Ciaran couldn’t find the same momentum and fell behind following 4 points in a row from Crossmaglen. They never looked like regaining the lead again as a fitter and more ruthless Crossmaglen side had ample opportunities to kill the game off earlier if they took more of their chances. The final blow for Errigal came when David Mc Kenna scored Rangers second goal and effectively end the game as a contest.

Full time score; Errigal Ciaran 0-10 Crossmaglen 2-10.

Errigal Ciaran should be very proud with what they have achieved this year and defying the odds as they have claimed a lot of big scalps of teams throughout the Tyrone and Ulster championship.  Their year though is not just over yet however as they now have to take on Clonoe in the Tyrone Division 1 league semi-final next weekend, the winner meeting an undefeated Coalisland side.

Below are my best photos from the game.

Errigal Ciaran line out in St Tiernach’s Park, Clones.


Enda Mc Ginley warms up as referee Joe Mc Quillan deals with the paperwork.


Errigal Ciaran’s Enda Mc Ginley and Crossmaglen’s Paul Kernan shake hands before the throw in.


The Errigal Ciaran starting fifteen line out for the national anthem.



Enda Mc Ginley takes a hard shoulder.


Errigal Ciaran’s John Devine clears the ball from the goal area.


Paul Hughes comes up from the back line to attack for Crossmaglen.




Kyle Carragher collects the ball for Crossmaglen.



Jamie Clarke gets control of the ball for Crossmaglen.



Jamie Clarke takes advantage of an Errigal Ciaran mistake in the defence.


Midfield action from Clones on Sunday.


Tony Kernan is tackled by Ciaran Quinn.


Jamie Clarke is put under pressure by John Devine on the edge of the square.


Ciaran Quinn gets in front of Jamie Clarke.



Jamie Clarke celebrates after scoring Crossmaglen’s first goal.


Ronan Mc Guckin delivers instructions from the sideline.


Jamie Clarke attacks again.


Michael Mc Namee shoots for Crossmaglen.


Stephen Kernan drives forward for Cross.



Enda Mc Ginley gains possession of the ball.


Cormac Mc Ginley and Johnny Hanratty contend for the ball in the air.


Cormac Mc Ginley reaches in for the ball.


Ciaran Mc Ginley loses Oisin Mc Conville.


Ciaran Mc Ginley pushes his way past his opponent.


Errigal try to gain possession in the forward line.



Tony Mc Entee has guided Crossmaglen to another Ulster Senior Championship final.


Heartache at the final whistle for Errigal Ciaran.


Ronan Mc Guckin and the players applaud the Errigal Ciaran supporters.


Joe Brolly offers words of support to Enda Mc Ginley.




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