Belfast Telegraph

Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter set for special reunion

By Graham Luney

Stephen Baxter says he's looking forward to seeing a few familiar faces in tomorrow's Irish Cup fifth round clash at Seaview.

League champions Crusaders will come up against Amateur League minnows Rathfriland Rangers and the visitors, though underdogs, boast plenty of experience.

Former Crues favourite Aaron Black and his brother Ross are at the club along with James Costello and Lee Feeney.

Aaron Black helped Crusaders grab an Irish Cup medal in 2009 - the last time the Hatchetmen lifted the prize.

"Aaron's a big friend of ours at the football club," said Crues boss Baxter. "I chased him very hard to sign him from Larne, we brought him in and he did very well for us. He's a good guy, we like him a lot, and I'm sure he'll be looking forward to coming back to Seaview as well."

Centre-half Aaron has cherished memories of that 2009 Irish Cup success with the Shore Road men.

"In my first year I won the Irish Cup and in the second year I won the County Antrim Shield, so it was fantastic," Black told the Irish FA website.

"A big memory was scoring in the Irish Cup semi-final against Institute at the Ballymena Showgrounds, I really enjoyed that. And cup final day itself was just an amazing day."

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