Rangers march into All-Ireland final

 

Crossmaglen Rangers 2-11 Kilmacud Crokes 1-12:Crossmaglen Rangers will meet St Brigid’s of Roscommon in the All-Ireland club football final after launching a successful second-half comeback in an eventful encounter with Kilmacud Crokes in Navan.

Despite having Kevin Nolan sent off in the first half, Kilmacud scored the first six points and were good enough for a 1-8 to 0-5 at the interval.

But Crossmaglen have been in stickier situations and survived and they drew on years of experience to turn the tide in the second half. Both Francis Hanratty and Jamie Clarke scored goals as the Ulster champions got right back into the contest.

With matters heating up, Kilmacud were reduced to 13 men when Brian McGrath was sent to the line before Crossmaglen’s Danny O'Callaghan followed him a matter of minutes later.

And Cross’s numerical advantage finally told in the closing stages as points from Kyle Carragher and Martin Ahern booked their passage to the final on St Patrick’s Day.