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All Stars berth adds to O'Neill's impressive raft of accolades

Rian O'Neill
Rian O'Neill
John Campbell

By John Campbell

The honours still come flowing the way of Crossmaglen Rangers ace Rian O'Neill.

To date this year, the rangy 20-year-old has pocketed an Ulster All-Star award, a Quinn Building Products monthly merit award and a Senior County Championship medal, and now he has landed an Armagh All-Star accolade following his selection at midfield in the county's elite line-up.

It's an end-of-season bonus, which has come as a boost for O'Neill, who was in outstanding form for both club and county.

He was one of several Crossmaglen and Ballymacnab players to feature in the county All-Stars team.

"I must say I have been very pleased with the honours that have come my way but, at the end of the day, it's important that Crossmaglen Rangers and Armagh do well. I would like to see both teams get more success in 2020 whatever about personal honours," maintains O'Neill.

Ballymacnab skipper Michael Beagan, while disappointed that his team lost out to Crossmaglen in the county final for the second year in succession, is already fired up to drive his side onwards next year.

"You haven't seen the last of us," he asserts. "The last two years have proven that we can compete at the top level. Looking back over the last two finals, we feel we can learn from them."

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