Crossmaglen Rangers hoping to have home comforts for Cargin clash
Crossmaglen Rangers joint manager Oisin McConville is keen to see his side be afforded the opportunity to play on their own Oliver Plunkett Park in the forthcoming Ulster Club championship.
The Rangers are due to meet new Antrim champions Cargin in a quarter-final tie on Sunday week and although the fixture is expected to be confirmed for the Athletic Grounds, McConville believes this represents a rare chance for the team to perform on their own soil.
"I am well aware that the criteria governing the competition decrees that club championship matches must be played on designated county grounds but it is a fact that while the Athletic Grounds is the primary stadium in the county, Oliver Plunkett Park is the secondary county ground and is very well equipped to host a club championship match," points out McConville.
"In winning the Armagh championship title, we actually played more at the Athletic Grounds than at home and that is a bit ironic when you think about it," reflects McConville.
"I understand that guidelines have to be adhered to so as to ensure the smooth running of competitions but I feel that our ground ticks all the boxes for an Ulster Club championship tie."
Crossmaglen Rangers secretary Gerard Rushe confirms that the club have made formal application to the Ulster Council to host the game against Cargin at their own headquarters.
"We are awaiting a response and in the meantime we are pressing ahead with our other preparations," says Rushe.
Meanwhile, Aaron Kernan has stepped up his training regime in order to make the cut for the game. The wing-back is keen to assist the Rangers in the Ulster Club series having missed the county final win over Harps.