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Cross launch bid to reclaim crown

 

By John Campbell

Several of Ulster's leading clubs will be in action in their respective county Football Championships this weekend.

Maghery Sean MacDermotts, who relieved Crossmaglen Rangers of their long-held Armagh title last year, will face Madden at Abbey Park, Armagh tomorrow (2.45pm).

The Rangers themselves, with players such as Jamie Clarke, Aaron Kernan, James Morgan, Michael McNamee, Johnny Hanratty and Oisin O'Neill to the fore, will face Whitecross at Cullyhanna tonight (7pm), where Mark Shields will be in the vanguard of the Whitecross challenge.

Gareth O'Neill and former boss Donal Murtagh form the new Rangers management team and bring a wealth of experience to the table.

Slaughtneil, such a dominant force in Derry and Ulster in recent years, will face Swatragh in the Oak Leaf Championship at Owenbeg tomorrow (6.15pm) while Coleraine Eoghan Roe will meet O'Donovan Rossa, Magherafelt at the same venue (8pm).

Kilcoo will embark on what they hope will prove a journey to remain on the Mourne throne when they meet Clonduff at Pairc Esler tomorrow (8pm) bolstered by having Niall McParland, the Johnston brothers Ryan and Jerome and Daragh O'Hanlon in their line-up, while Bredagh take on Downpatrick at Castlewellan (3.45pm).

On Monday night, Burren, who could emerge as a strong force in Down this year, will take on Glenn at Clonduff (8pm). Burren will be backboned by Conaill McGovern, Donal O'Hare, Kevin McKernan and Gerard McGovern.

In the Antrim Senior Hurling Championship tonight, Ruairi Og (Cushendall) will face Clooney Gaels at the All Saints complex in Ballymena (6.30pm). Cushendall look particularly strong and are among the short-odds favourites to land the title.

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