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Stephen Morris and Sean McConville bag goals as Rangers start hunt for another title

By John Campbell

Crossmaglen Rangers last night took what they hope will prove the first step to their 20th Armagh senior football title in 21 years when they overcame Dromintee by 2-13 to 1-10 at Cullyhanna.

The Rangers led by 1-8 to 0-5 at half-time but Dromintee rallied in the third quarter before the title-holders closed out the game. Stephen Morris and Sean McConville scored their goals while Aaron Kernan was a commanding presence at the back.

Also in Armagh, Aidan Forker and James Lavery fulfilled key roles as Maghery overcame Annaghmore by 1-15 to 0-9. Forker was on target with an early brace of points while Lavery scored the only goal of the game.

But there was heartbreak for Donegal skipper Michael Murphy while assisting his club Glenswilly against St Michael's in a league game. Murphy incurred what appears to have been a serious knee injury although the full extent of the damage will not be known until the results of a scan today are made known.

Murphy could potentially now miss out on the Dr McKenna Cup and the early stages of the Allianz League - something that will gravely concern Donegal manager Rory Gallagher.

In the Derry senior football championship, Glen turned in an impressive performance by beating Dungiven by 0-17 to 1-8. And both Christopher Bradley and Shane McGuigan were very much in form for Slaughtneil in their hard-earned 0-15 to 0-12 win over Lavey. Both scored four points, while Cailean O'Boyle led Lavey's resistance by posting five points with Anthony McGurk getting four.

Newbridge certainly got among the goals in overcoming Claudy by 3-9 to 2-7.

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