Kukri Sports Ulster Club Minor Football Tournament final:
Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) 4-12 St Eunan’s, Letterkenny (Donegal) 1-6
Crossmaglen Minors claimed the Ulster title on New Years Day for the first time in their history and its only the 2nd time a club in Ulster has claimed the Minor/Senior double in the same season. Ulster titles have now been claimed at Senior, Minor and Un16 levels following Clann Eireann’s victory a Month ago.
Crossmaglen controlled the game throughout and Oisin O’Neill won the Ann Marie Donnelly Memorial Trophy with an outstanding performance in the final.
“The commitment of these young players cannot be questioned and they answered a number of questions today,” said Crossmaglen manager Kieran Donnelly.
“We came to prove a point and we did that. Just like our seniors, the lads play a lot of kick passing, which takes a lot of practice and, no doubt, a number of these players will be heard of in the future.
“With so many of them involved in the overall senior training panel, they learned a lot and they will now push the established senior players for places on the senior team.
“The support that we have got from the seniors and the support from the other members of the minor management, Martin Califf and Neil Hughes, has been terrific and has played a major part in this victory.”
Crossmaglen: J McEvoy; R McKeever, S Farrelly, A Smylie; D Cunningham (0-1), C Dillon, C Donnelly; S Morris (0-1), O O’Neill (1-3, 1-0 penalty, 0-1 free); R O’Neill (0-3), C O’Connor (0-1), J McKeever; M McCabe (2-1), R O’Neill (0-1), R O’Connor.
Subs: S McConville (1-1) for R O’Connor (44), F Burns for Dillon (49), O Keenan for R O’Neill (53), P Short for Donnelly (57).
Letterkenny: M Gallagher; C Moore, D McWalters, S Halvey; B McIntyre (1-0), D Toal, K Kealey; O Toal, K Grant; O O’Boyle (0-1 free), N O’Donnell (0-3, 0-2 frees), C Maloney; O McGinley, D McCrory, J Whelan.
Subs: E McCrory (0-2) for Whelan (46), P McAleer for Maloney (57), G Maguire for Moore (59). Black card: N O’Donnell (60) replaced by D Hamilton.