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Hot O'Boyle is preparing for a Cross examination

By John Campbell

Former Saffrons captain Kevin O'Boyle is currently hitting the high spots with his club Cargin. And that's just as well, as the new Antrim champions must face the stern challenge that Crossmaglen Rangers will pose in the Ulster Club quarter-finals on Sunday week.

A recurring ankle problem earlier this year persuaded O'Boyle to put his county career on hold and instead concentrate on assisting his club.

The arrival of inspirational manager John Brennan, too, was to prove a considerable bonus as O'Boyle has never looked back.

"It was a great boost to win the county title for the first time since 2006. That has put us in good heart and now we are going in against a Crossmaglen Rangers side that has an enviable track record," said O'Boyle.

"It's a massive task for us but when you get to this stage you expect to be meeting big guns."

Having given fine service to Antrim in the past, there is still the possibility that he could return to the county set-up.

But progress with his club is currently his sole preoccupation as Cargin bid to follow in the footsteps of St Gall's by winning the Ulster Club title.

St Gall's were the last Antrim side to achieve this distinction in 2009 prior to winning the 2010 All-Ireland club final. O'Boyle is particularly pleased with the support he has received from his fellow-players and supporters on his return to action with his club.

Rangers' joint-boss Oisin McConville took in Cargin's comfortable win over Lamh Dhearg in their county decider and believes they will represent a tough hurdle for his side.

"I was impressed by the cohesion and work-rate that Cargin showed. They have a lot of experience, especially in defence," pointed out McConville.

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