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McConville plays it cool as Maghery bid to land title encore

 

By John Campbell

Maghery may have done the unthinkable and beaten Crossmaglen Rangers not once but twice in the current Armagh senior football championship, but manager Shane McConville repudiates any suggestion that gives his side a head start for tomorrow's final against Harps at the Athletic Grounds (5.00pm).

And while he concedes that the experience they have gained of late will bolster their challenge, he insists it is by no means a passport to further success.

"It will take a lot more than experience to get us over the line tomorrow," says McConville. "Having to face up to the Harps will be no mean challenge for us. But the players are all level-headed and their feet have remained on the ground."

It was back in 1991 that Maghery and Harps last met in the final when the city side won, but McConville is anxious to keep history on the back burner.

"The bottom line is that we have won nothing yet this time round. The boys are very much aware of this," asserts McConville.

Johnny Montgomery, Stephen Cusack, James Lavery, Conor Mackle and the Forkers Stefan and Aidan epitomise the experience within the side, while Ben Crealey's aerial skills and Ronan Lappin's scoring touch are valuable attributes.

Harps, meanwhile, will look to Declan McKenna, Joe McElroy, Conor White, Simon McCoy, Ultan Lennon, Paddy Morrison and the seasoned Charlie Vernon to spark their challenge.

In the Monaghan Senior Final, the Hughes brothers Darren and Kieran, along with Rory Beggan and Conor McCarthy, can help to fire up Scotstown against Magheracloone who will look to Tommy Freeman for inspiration.

Kilcar will depend on the McHugh twins Ryan and Eoin along with Patrick McBrearty to underpin their strategy against Naomh Conaill in tomorrow's Donegal football decider.

Former Derry sharpshooter Paddy Bradley will make his debut as a manager in the Ulster club Intermediate Football Championship when his Newbridge side face Cavan outfit Shercock in a preliminary round tie at Kingspan Breffni Park (2.30pm).

In the Ulster Junior Club Football Championship, Cavan representatives Ballymahugh will host Antrim champions Patrick Sarsfields in a curtain-raiser to the intermediate tie (12.45pm).

Armagh Harps

Maghery

Armagh SFC Final:

Armagh Athletic Grounds, Sunday, 5.00pm

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