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Freeman can be ace in the pack as Magheracloone target final slot

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By John Campbell

Former Monaghan ace Tommy Freeman may be inching towards 40 but he is still showing a sharp turn of a pace in the Magheracloone club's forward line - something for which manager James Kieran is extremely grateful as he contemplates today's All-Ireland intermediate semi-final against Louth and Leinster standard-bearers Mattock Rangers at Crossmaglen (1.30).

Freeman, who claimed four points in the Ulster final win over Galbally, can again prove the ace in the pack as Magheracloone strive to reach the All-Ireland decider.

"It's great to be able to call upon Tommy's experience and pace. He has been very consistent for us," says Kieran.

Padraig McMahon, James Ward and another former Monaghan player Gavin Doogan have also been to the fore with Maghercloone.

Mattock Rangers showed that they are a well-balanced, strongly focused side in winning the Louth championship.

In the All-Ireland Junior Club Football Championship semi-final Ulster champions Blackhill will meet Wexford and Leinster champions Rathgarogue-Cushinstown at Newbridge (1.30).

Philip Donnelly, Tommy Geehan and Ciaran Courtney will carry a big threat in the Blackhill attack, while the Courtney family is well represented in their defence with Donal, Ryan, Thomas, Shane and Anthony all set to lead their side's resistance.

Blackhill showed in overcoming Buncrana in the Ulster final that they are a combative, resilient side who can counter-attack smartly.

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