Club championships resume in Ruislip
The 2007/2008 AIB All-Ireland club championship season resumes next Sunday when Ulster football champions, Crossmaglen Rangers travel to Ruislip to take on Tir Chonaill Gaels (London) in the quarter-final (1.30).
The winners will take on St.Vincent’s (Dublin) in the All-Ireland semi-final in Navan on February 24 while Ballina Stephenites (Mayo) will play Nemo Rangers (Cork) in the other semi-final in Ennis.
CROSSMAGLEN v TIR CHONAILL GAELS
Crossmaglen, who are bidding to retain the club football title this year, have never lost an All-Ireland quarter-final final whereas Tir Chonaill Gaels are seeking their first win, having failed in all ten previous attempts. They have had some close calls over the years but have never quite managed to make the breakthrough.
They face a huge task again on Sunday against a very powerful Crossmaglen Rangers side who beat Clontibret, Dromore and St.Gall’s to land the Ulster title for the 6th time. Crossmaglen and Tir Chonaill Gaels met in the 1998 All-Ireland quarter-final with the Armagh men winning by 1-18 to 0-8.
HOW THEY FARED IN ALL-IRELAND QUARTER-FINALS
TIR CHONAILL GAELS
1984: Burren (Down) 3-12 Tir Chonaill Gaels 0-2
1990: Lavey (Derry) 2-11 Tir Chonaill Gaels 1-12 (After extra-time)
1992: Lavey (Derry) 0-12 Tir Chonaill Gaels 1-7
1993: Castlebar Mitchels (Mayo) 0-11 Tir Chonaill Gaels 0-8
1996: Knockmore (Mayo) 1-11Tir Chonaill Gaels 2-6
1997: Castlehaven (Cork) 0-15 Tir Chonaill Gaels 0-8
1998: Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) 1-18 Tir Chonaill Gaels 0-8
2000: Nemo Rangers (Cork) 2-8 Tir Chonaill Gaels 0-6
2001: Ballinderry (Derry) 2-10 Tir Chonaill Gaels 0-6
2006: Salthill-Knocknacarra 0-9 (Galway) Tir Chonail Gaels (London) 0-5.
1998: Crossmaglen 1-18 Tir Chonaill Gaels 0-8
2004: Crossmaglen 2-10 Kingdom Kerry Gaels (London) 1-9