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Armagh starlet McQuillan aims to take a leaf out of his dad's book

 

By John Campbell

Ross McQuillan certainly has a lot to live up to when he lines out for Armagh against Down in tomorrow's Ulster Minor football championship quarter-final at Pairc Esler, Newry (12.00).

Not only will the talented McQuillan be expected to give a lead because he is the only survivor from last year's squad but he is also hoping to follow in the distinguished footsteps of his father Martin.

The latter gave his club St Patrick's, Armagh and Ulster outstanding service before becoming part of the orchard county U21 and senior management teams.

Tomorrow, though, he will be a more than an interested onlooker as his talented bids to set the tone for Armagh's performance against a Down side that is under the capable baton of former senior team boss James McCartan.

Ironically, as a player McCartan attained All-Ireland honours in 1991 and 1994 while his Armagh counterpart tomorrow Paul McGrane, played a key role in helping the county win their only All-Ireland crown to date in 2002.

If McQuillan is a key cog in the Armagh line-up, then Down can look to gifted trio Liam Kerr, Finn McElroy and Aaron Gribben to fire up their challenge.

Kerr has been outstanding for his club Burren and helped them win the Ulster Minor Club title back in January while McElroy, from the Longstone club, is an accomplished defender.

Meanwhile, Dublin will enter the Championship race tonight when they face Carlow in the Leinster series at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise (7.00).

Jim Gavin's side will be bidding for their third All-Ireland title on the trot but the manager is anxious to see his side absorb lessons from the close calls they experienced against Tyrone and Monaghan in the league.

Louth will oppose Meath and Kildare will face Laois in two further Leinster Championship ties tomorrow that will throw some light on just who might trouble the Dubs.

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