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Watty Graham's begin historic U21 title hat-trick bid

By John Campbell

Watty Graham's, Glen will have their sights set on a history-making feat when they begin the defence of the Bank of Ireland Paddy McLarnon Ulster U21 club champions trophy today by meeting Cavan representatives Ramor United at the Creggan Kickhams complex (12.30pm).

Watty Graham's have won the competition for the past two years and are aiming for what would be a unique hat-trick. Former Derry All-Ireland winner Enda Gormley still holds the reins and his squad includes a number of players who have made a big impact at minor level in the past.

Indeed, goalkeeper Callum Mullan Young has been turning out for Queen's University in the Dr McKenna Cup this month and he is among players that the Derry senior team management are continuing to monitor.

While Ramor United have been a dominant force at U21 level in Cavan, they may find difficulty in countering their rivals' teamwork and fitness.

In today's second quarter-final (2.00pm), Down representatives Mayobridge take on Armagh kingpins Crossmaglen Rangers.

The Armagh side is under the baton of Gareth O'Neill, whose son Oisin is a key player in the line-up.

The Rangers side includes a number of players who have already made an impact at schools level.

Tomorrow, Aghagallon, a club that hit the high spots recently by winning the Antrim Intermediate Championship title, will take on Donegal side Gweedore (12.30pm).

Aghagallon is currently proving a fertile breeding ground for youthful talent - four of the club's players are currently in the Antrim senior squad - and today their U21 brigade get the chance to show their paces on the provincial stage.

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