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GAA: Band of brothers hit the frontline for rangers

By John Campbell

Published 10/10/2007

The four Kernan brothers are lining up for action in the forthcoming AIB Ulster Club Football Championship with Crossmaglen Rangers.

Aaron, Stephen, Tony and Paul were all in the Rangers line-up that overcame Pearse Og by 0-12 to 0-6 in the Armagh decider recently.

Now they are hoping to help the Rangers retain their provincial trophy, which they won last year by overcoming Ballinderry Shamrocks in the final at a saturated Casement Park by 0-5 to 0-3.

While Aaron and Stephen have been established members of the Rangers side, Paul and Tony have now forced their way in and their consistency is helping to underpin the team's ongoing dominance of the orchard county.

Paul turned in a spectacular performance in last year's Ulster final and has matured into a quality defender, while Tony's energy and work-rate were very much in evidence in last month's county final.

He was booked during that contest but this certainly did not stop him from remaining immersed in the thick of the action.

Rangers manager Donal Murtagh now finds himself with interesting options as the Ulster Club Championship looms.

He brought off John Hanratty and Michael McNamee against Pearse Og replacing them with John Murtagh and Cathal Short both of whom did their prospects no harm.

Short, in fact, scored one of the best points of the game from play shortly after his introduction.

Murtagh, though, is keeping his cards close to his chest.

"Let's just say that I'm happy with the competition for places there is just now," added the Rangers manager.

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