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Burns family prepared to inspire Silverbridge

By John Campbell

The Burns family hopes to play a big part in taking Silverbridge into the semi-finals of the Ulster Minor club tournament at the St Paul's complex in Belfast today.

Jarlath Og Burns, son of former Armagh captain Jarlath Snr, will be at midfield while his cousin Eoghan Burns will have a key role in attack as the Armagh champions confront Cavan representatives Ramor United in what could prove one of the best matches in the competition to date.

Ramor have already beaten Fermanagh title-holders Derrygonnelly but will now come up against a Silverbridge outfit that has remained undefeated in league and championship this year.

In addition to the Burns connection, they boast fine players in centre-half-back Cathal McKeown, full-forward Padraig Keating and Patrick Reel who partners Jarlath Burns at midfield.

Silverbridge secretary Aidan Murphy acknowledges that the side faces its toughest test of the year today.

"While we have remained unbeaten within Armagh, this is a new challenge for us and we know already that Ramor United are a decent side with a number of very talented players in their ranks," says Murphy.

In another particularly appetising match tomorrow, Watty Grahams (Glen), the current kingpins of under-age football at club level in Ulster, will face Tyrone minor champions Ardboe.

The Watty Grahams outfit were untroubled in beating Donegal side Buncrana in their opening match but skipper Stephen O'Hara expects a more demanding assignment tomorrow.

"Ardboe looked impressive in beating Rostrevor a week ago and they will be keen to build on that. We might have a good record in this competition but we won't take anything for granted," said O'Hara.

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