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Donnelly's underdogs aiming to show bite in MacRory Cup

By Declan Bogue

The MacRory and MacLarnon Cup semi-finals are down for decision this weekend, with games today and tomorrow.

The game that will attract the biggest crowd is set to be the all-Armagh MacRory semi-final clash between St Ronan's of Lurgan against St Paul's of Bessbrook, played as a curtain-raiser to the Armagh v Fermanagh National League game at the Athletic Grounds, that one throwing in at 5pm.

St Ronan's coach Mickey Donnelly has watched their rivalry flourish from the days when they were playing at Vocational Schools level, but placed the favourites tag on the Bessbrook boys. He said: "It's always been very close, always been very, very little in it.

"We played at the very start of the year in a group game and Bessbrook turned us over in St Paul's. We had invested an awful lot into that game.

"Bessbrook were comfortably the best team on the day, they were physically more imposing than us and brushed us aside."

Peter Canavan's Holy Trinity side meet St Columb's of Derry in the MacLarnon Cup today at Drumragh with throw-in at 3pm.

Later on, it is the battle of the St Patrick's of Maghera and Dungannon, hosted by the Loup at 7.30pm.

Tomorrow, St Louis of Ballymena meet Patrician Carrickmacross at St Paul's, Lurgan, with throw-in at noon in the second MacLarnon semi-final.

Meanwhile, the GPA have re-iterated their appeal for support from delegates at this weekend's GAA Congress over their opposition to the proposed two-tier All-Ireland football Championships.

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