Crossmaglen won their 11th Ulster club title yesterday, beating Scotstown by 2-17 to 2-12 after extra time.
The win means that the south Armagh side have won the title more times than any other club in Ulster.
But yesterday’s win wasn’t easy.
Scotstown were quality opposition, and fought to the bitter end in a match that saw three players sent off; including Crossmaglen’s Danny O’Callaghan in the first half, and then the Hughes brothers Kieran and Darren in injury time.
Scotstown took the lead early on thanks to a Darren Hughes goal.
Crossmaglen fought back and were ahead by 1-6 to 1-3 at half time.
The Monaghan champions weren’t going away though and they stayed on Crossmaglen’s tail right throughout the second half.
Tony Kernan played well for Cross, as he was very reliable from frees and scored their first goal. Scotstown’s Shane Carey was equally accurate from frees and he kept them in the game.
Rory Beggan could have won the game in normal time, but his effort missed.
Then in extra time, back to full 15, Crossmaglen asserted their dominance on the game, and pulled away at the finish.
Kyle Carragher got the late goal that gave the Armagh side the title.
Having watched Derry champions win the title for the past two years, Crossmaglen are back on top.
Here was the reaction on Twitter:
— Paul Hearty (@hertz012) November 30, 2015
— David McKenna ® (@DavidMckenna10) November 29, 2015
— Dick Clerkin (@dickclerkin8) November 30, 2015
PAUL Hearty, one of the most decorated club players of all time, has called time on his playing career...