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Kernans are keen to secure win for Crossmaglen Rangers

In reaching yet another Armagh county football final at the expense of Maghery in the semi-finals, Crossmaglen Rangers were well served by the Kernans – Aaron, Tony and Stephen – who between them scored 0-10 of their 0-15 total.

Indeed, the Kernan family's points haul comes at a time when siblings are dominant in the scoring stakes.

Not to be completely outdone by the Kernan clan, the Forkers – Stefan, Paul and Aidan – landed 1-7 out of the 1-9 recorded by Maghery.

And in falling to St Patrick's in the second Armagh semi-final, Ballymacnab scored 2-10 with the Grugans Jack and Rory contributing 2-5. Another set of brothers, Sean and Seamus Quigley, posted 1-10 between them out of Roslea's total of 1-12 in their Fermanagh senior football championship final win over Belcoo.

But it's the Kernan boys who will step back into the limelight on Sunday anxious to take Rangers to yet another domestic triumph.

Their only regret indeed is that another brother Paul, currently in Australia, will not be in action alongside them.

He had been posting impressive performances at full-back but a recurring shoulder injury once again disrupted his playing career and was a factor in his decision to head 'Down Under'.

"Obviously we would like to have Paul back fully-fit again but we will certainly want to win this final for him," said brother Aaron.

The Rangers were given a first-half scare by Maghery at the last four stage and this ensures that there is no element of complacency surrounding the build-up to Sunday's decider.

Manager Joe Kernan is anxious to see his team remain on the Armagh throne and then concentrate on defending their Ulster club championship trophy.

"It's one step at a time for us," he said. "When you look at the Ulster scene, there are a number of very good sides already through to the provincial club series and there are still some county titles to be decided."

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