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The Irish News - Nov 22 1997: Crossmaglen players set to return to Armagh fold

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THE Crossmaglen players have resolved their differences with Armagh and have rejoined the county set-up.

The south Armagh club ironed out any difficulties with the county board, and Orchard joint managers Brian Canavan and Brian McAlinden at a meeting on Wednesday evening.

A statement from the county board last night said that the get-together had “...ended amicably with all present voicing their support for Armagh club and county football.”

As a result the McEntee twins, John and Tony, return to the panel, along with Oisin McConville and Cathal Short.

Mullaghbawn veteran Neil Smyth and Clan na Gael's Barry O'Hagan also make a comeback.

It will be the first time the Cross players have linked up with the senior county side since last summer's Ulster Senior Football Championship defeat at the hands of Tyrone in Omagh.

Oisin McConville was in the starting line-up that day, scoring eight points, with clubmate Cathal Short making an appearance as substitute.

The Rangers contingent had been unavailable while the club were defending their Ulster and All-Ireland titles.

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MARTIN McHugh, the man with the magic Midas touch who inspired Cavan to a glorious first Ulster Senior Football title win for 28 years in July, struck gold again at last night’s Bass Ulster GAA Writers Annual Awards.

The 34-year-old basked in the acclaimed success of a terrific final term of management with the boys from the Breffni when he took top honours at the 10th anniversary presentations bash at Bundoran’s Hollyrood Hotel.

An audience of over 560 guests, including GAA president Joe McDonagh, gave McHugh a rapturous reception when the main award winner was announced.

It is his third UGAAWA award, having twice previously earned Footballer of the Year honours in 1989 and 1992.

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THE skills and marksmanship of full forward Eoin Kelly proved crucial in yesterday's All-Ireland Vocational Schools hurling semi-final in Kells as he led Scoil Ruain, Killenaule to a 3-12 to 1-5 victory over Our Lady of Lourdes, Ballymoney.

Kelly, already a Tipperary minor, scored two goals and seven points over the hour and was always a problem for the north Antrim side's defence.

He had four points on the board before Liam Watson opened Ballymoney's account with a pointed free.

Killenaule led 1-8 to 0-3 at half-time. In the second half Ballymoney rallied and Aidan McMullan deservedly scored a 10th minute goal, with Gabriel Crawford and Watson clipping over two excellent points.

But Kelly finished the game as a competition with two goals towards the. Ballymoney had good performances from Ryan Brogan, Darren McCollum and Christopher Baird in defence while Kevin McAllister, Aidan McMullan and Gabriel Crawford also played well.

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UUJ will be without Adrian McGuckin Jnr and their Bellaghy contingent for today’s Ryan Cup clash away to Sligo RTC.

Ballinderry and Derry star McGuckin sustained a hamstring injury while warming up for the Poly’s challenge match against Down in midweek.

Bellaghy trio Gavin Diamond, Paul Diamond and Joe Cassidy are all club-tied for today’s higher education match.

Despite being without several first choice players, Jordanstown defeated Down 2-9 to 0-10 in the friendly which augurs very well for the remainder of the students’ campaign.

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AROUND 40 months from now the biggest sports spectacular of its kind to be staged here will grip Belfast with boxing fever.

The World Senior Amateur Championships 2001, will bring publicity for the sport like never before, prestige for the city, for Irish boxing, and hopefully gold, silver and bronze on the medals table.

Around 360 boxers from Africa, the USA, European ports of call, the great Cuba, Far East, Middle East, Australia will all compete in Belfast.

It is a quite awesome undertaking. An idea brokered in Berlin almost two years ago, sanctioned in Dublin by the world governing body, Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur, and lately investigated meticulously in Budapest.

It was in Hungary last month that Pat McCrory, a European technical and rules expert and president of IABA’s Ulster Council, started the process of information collating in earnest.

A ‘white paper’ discussion document is to be presented to the Sports Council for Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council chiefs within the next fortnight.

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