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McEntee’s Crossmaglen Rangers are Ulster Kingpins

Tony McEnteePEI’s Tony McEntee continues to make great strides in his Gaelic Football management career, now taking his Crossmaglen Rangers team to Ulster Club Championship success. 

"It's good to be back", is what Crossmaglen captain Paul McKeown told the large crowd gathered in Kingspan Breffini Park on Sunday (December 12th), before he lifted the Ulster title.

Crossmaglen take the cupIt is the eighth time Crossmaglen have won the provincial crown and it took the potent blend of youth and experience to blast their way back to the top.

Crossmaglen used their wealth of footballing knowledge and their stealth of power to overcome what was a strong Glenties side. Jamie Clarke, unsurprisingly picked up the Man of Match award after putting in yet another dazzling performance for Rangers, but it was the old master Oisin McConville that oozed class as his side crossed the finish line.

Crossmaglen manager Tony McEntee was delighted to win as a manager but believes getting Francie Bellew into the defence before half-time and Oisin McConville's second half goal as crucial to victory. 

“Half-time came at a great time for us, it gave us time to gather and set our stall out.

Getting the goal straight after Tony Kernan's sending off was crucial because it gave us the opportunity to sit back and absorb pressure," said McEntee.

“Mickey McNamee was doing ok, but we had to shore up the defence before the real harm came and needless to say that worked when we replaced Mickey with Francie Bellew."

And the Cross boss says winning as managers feels equally as wonderful as holding the trophy as a winning player. 

“It great simply to achieve something and I don't separate that from being a player than being a manager. It is great to be able to set a target and achieve and our next target is the game in London," he said,

They play the British Champions in London later in January, but for now its celebration time in Crossmaglen.

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