Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Crossmaglen Rangers hoping Cunningham will face Gaels

Crossmaglen Rangers joint managers Tony McEntee and Gareth O’Neill are currently mulling over the composition of their forward line for Sunday’s All-Ireland Club Football Championship quarter-final against Neasdon Gaels in Ruislip, London (1.30pm).

And they are prepared to give full-forward Aaron Cunningham maximum time in which to recover from the foot injury which has been troubling him lately.

“We would like to have Aaron on board. He has been doing well for us so far and obviously he’s very anxious to make the cut. But we certainly won’t be taking any selection risks,” says McEntee.

While Cunningham may yet be facilitated in the side, Johnny Murtagh, who has just returned from New York after a year’s sabbatical there, is unlikely to make the match squad.

Murtagh had been a regular in the Rangers side before embarking on his trans-Atlantic safari and while his form in New York was good, the Rangers management are understood to be reluctant to amend their panel at this point in time.

There would still appear to be some doubt about the availability of Stephen Kernan who has been on honeymoon and veteran John McEntee could now find himself a candidate for the No 11 shirt.

McEntee has been deployed as an impact substitute in recent matches as has seasoned defender Francie Bellew.

Meanwhile, Derry player Shane McGlone who suffered a leg fracture during the Antrim v Derry challenge match at Creggan on Sunday is reported to be making good progress in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.

The Lissan clubman is regarded as one of the most exciting young players in the Oak Leaf county but will now be out of action for several months.

Meanwhile, it is expected that Director General Paraic Duffy’s discussion paper on the payment of county team managers will be debated by the Management Committee at Croke Park this week-end.

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