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Loughinisland a big test: McKeever

 

Strong team: Ciaran McKeever will try to plot another Mayobridge win
Strong team: Ciaran McKeever will try to plot another Mayobridge win
John Campbell

By John Campbell

Mayobridge certainly rapped out a message to the effect that they have the Down Senior Football Championship title very much in their sights by the way in which they eclipsed reigning champions Burren in their opening fixture.

But manager Ciaran McKeever, the former Armagh captain, acknowledges that a lot of obstacles have still to be crossed before his team can even begin to entertain thoughts of success.

And the first of these will come today when they take on Loughinisland at Castlewellan (3.30). With Cory Quinn on fire, however, Mayobridge will fancy their chances of moving on although the experienced McKeever sounds a timely note of warning.

"At this stage any one of several clubs could win the Down title. We are just extremely keen to remain in the hunt," he states.

Tonight Downpatrick will oppose Bryansford at Kilcoo (8.00) while tomorrow sees the meeting of St Peter's, Warrenpoint and Clonduff at Mayobridge (6.00).

Crossmaglen Rangers can tomorrow take another step towards retaining their Armagh Championship title when they travel to Sarsfields where there will be a 2.00pm throw-in.

In the Monaghan Championship title-holders Scotstown will be bolstered by county aces Rory Beggan, Conor McCarthy, Kieran Hughes and Shane Carey when they take on Doohamlet at Clontibret (3.30).

Colin Walsh and Barry McGinn can fire up Doohamlet.

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