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Top class: Rory Grugan
Top class: Rory Grugan
Declan Bogue

By Declan Bogue

Anyone looking for a cracking game of club Championship football this weekend could do worse than get along to Crossmaglen tomorrow, when the Armagh champions play one of the pretenders to their crown in Ballymacnab.

This is the end of the group games in the Orchard county Championship and in this repeat of last year's decider, a place in the quarter-finals awaits for the victors.

It's an enormous task for Ballymacnab to head into the lion's den and get a result from under the Rangers' noses, but Bernie Murray's side only require a draw to advance.

With Ryan Kennedy back in action, he supplements the talents of the Grugan brothers Rory and Jack.

One leading player missing from the tie of course is Jamie Clarke, who chose to play his club football with Neasden Gaels this summer.

Elsewhere, Maghery are looking for a big performance to take them past Dromintee, having failed to score heavily in the other group games so far.

The Antrim Senior Football Championship is at the quarter-finals stage this weekend.

Last year's winners Cargin, with manager Damian Cassidy back in situ, face Belfast's O'Donovan Rossa and have a clean bill of health for the tie at Creggan today, that game starting at 3pm.

Winners from two years ago, Lamh Dhearg, are up against Creggan with a really tight encounter in store at Glenavy tomorrow at 6pm.

Lamh Dhearg, under Martin Lynch and Terry McCrudden, mauled Ahoghill in the last round by 3-13 to 1-6.

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