Clann Eireann boss Coleman hails the fans as long wait finally ends

Clann Eireann boss Coleman hails the fans as long wait finally ends

Clann Eireann celebrate winning the Armagh Senior Football Championship for the first time since 1963.

Eugene Creaney


Eugene Creaney


Lurgan club Clann Eireann have won their first Armagh championship since 1963 after beating Crossmaglen at the Athletic Grounds today in an enthralling final.

The victory prompted team boss Tommy Coleman to pour praise on the clubs' fans.

The Gerry Fegan Cup will now return to to Lurgan to rest where their former captain hails from.

Years of superb underage coaching has finally born fruit and two of the young stars, goalscorers Ruairi McDonald and Jack Conlon were instrumental in the win.

The game, however, belonged to Ryan Henderson who came back from a distinguished Irish League career to bring class as posture to his game.

Tommy Coleman's side will now face an Ulster campaign in the knowledge that a new era for the county champions has begun.

Tommy said, "I would like to thank all our fans who have been superb all season and for many years.

"Also, all the local clubs for their best wishes, and those who had been in touch from further afield - I would love to have responded personally to all the best wishes but all have been totally appreciated."

Now attempting to create history in Ulster, the Lurgan side battled from being five behind to hit two goals in the second period with the win being sealed by Armagh striker Conor Turbitt, who cracked over an insurance score at the death.

Clann Eireann, having won the title with hard way with wins over Grange, Maghery, Ballymacnab and now the all-conquering Crossmaglen, will move forward with confidence; the historic scenes in Armagh will live long in the memory.

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