Cross Wins 2007 GAA Final
April 1, 2007
Crossmaglen Rangers won the All-Ireland club title for the fourth time over Dr Croke’s at Portlaoise.
Cross won the match 0-13 to 1-5 with star forward Oisin McConville landing six points.
Crossmaglen raced into a three-point lead inside the opening three minutes with John Murtagh, McConville and Martin Ahern on target.
But Dr Croke’s hit back with five unanswered points, three scored by Colm Coooper and the other two from Kieran O’Leary.
Rangers responded with Aaron Kernan converting a free and then his brother Stephen, an early replacement for the injured Michael McNamee, landed the levelling score from play.
Two more frees from McConville put the Armagh club seven points to five up at half-time.
Aaron Kernan got the first point of the second period with a fine score from play.
Dr Croke’s, now three down, took over to enjoy a spell of domination. They dramatically equalised when Cooper set up Maloney to net from close-range.
The Kerry side then got a penalty as Maloney was bundled over but Cooper’s kick was saved by keeper Paul Hearty.
McConville then stretched Crossmaglen’s lead but the Ulster side were reduced to 14 men when John Donaldson’s foul on Eoin Brosnan brought him his second yellow card.
Dr Croke’s then lost a man as Ambrose O’Donovan picked up his second yellow of the afternoon.
Frees from Aaron Kernan and Oisin McConville (2) saw Crossmaglen extend their advantage to five points.
Crossmaglen captain Oisin McConville:
“It is an unbelievable feeling. We thought we might not get back here and a lot of hard work has gone into doing it.
“We played well in that we were tough in the tackle and were a bit tighter on them and we took our chances when they came our way.
“Big Hearty pulled off a save, which he does, and the rest is history.
“We left Croke Park after the first match feeling we were better than Dr Croke’s. We knew if we performed we would get there.”
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