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Rostrevor can make big Case to land club title

By John Campbell

Rostrevor have become familiar faces at the Northern Bank Ulster Minor Club football tournament currently being hosted by the St Paul's club in Belfast.

So it's perhaps appropriate that they should find themselves involved in what will be the first game in the history of the tournament at Casement Park when they meet Monaghan champions Scotstown in the quarter-finals on Sunday (12noon).

In 2003 Rostrevor lost out in the final to Armagh Harps, while in 2004 they went one better and won the Jimmy McConville Cup beating another of this year's teams, Kilrea.

In 2005 they relinquished their title to eventual champions Errigal Ciaran.

This time round the Down kingpins will look to their experienced midfield pairing of Damian and Declan Magee to establish a platform for victory. Corner forward Sean Mackin has joined this duo is landing a hat-trick of Down minor championship medals as well as three Ulster Club honours.

The second match (St Paul's 1.30pm) sees Errigal Ciaran take on Donegal representatives Four Masters. Errigal Ciaran, like Rostrevor, have good experience of this competition. They won it two years ago and return with four players who won in 2005.

In addition, corner-back Stephen Cassidy and half-forward Peter Harte won Hogan medals this year with Omagh CBS and given that this year's favourites Cavan Gaels were knocked out last weekend, the Tyrone boys must be favourites.

In their way stand Four Masters who easily saw the challenge of O'Donovan Rossa in the preliminary round.

This will have given the Tír Conaill boys the chance to shake off their post-season inactivity and they will once again look to the half forward line of Paul McIntyre, Stephen Kinney and Conor McMonagle to power their way to a semi-final place on St Stephen's Day.

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