Crossmaglen v Silverbridge Match Preview

Here we go again, Crossmaglen and Silverbridge clash in the Senior Championship for the fourth straight year.

Every season has ended the same way, with the Rangers well ahead by the time the final whistle sounds.

Can Silverbridge close that gap this year? They may be able to but to win it will take a massive effort. And for Cross to have an off day.

The Bridge will of course look to the likes Jarly Og Burns and Peter Carragher to carry the fight.

Jamie Martin, Paddy Reel and Sean Rock will offer scoring threats while Paraic Keating pulls the strings.

For the Silverbridge defence, there are so many fires to put out and it’s going to take more than one or two man-markers to keep the score down.

Rian O’Neill, who although with Burns, was nominated for an All-Star following his displays in the orange and white this year.

He completes an incredible inside line of Cian McConville, Jamie Clarke and Rian O’Neill. Every defence will struggle with that scoring power.

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Of course, in the absence of his older brother Oisin, Rian may have to drift in and out of midfield to team up with Stephen Morris.

Their half back line is also frightening with Aaron Kernan, James Morgan and Paul Hughes all well fit to get up and down the field.

The full back line looks suspect. Orin McKeown and Thomas Og Duffy along with keeper Miceal Murray, are set to earn their first senior championship starts.

In last year’s semi-final, the Bridge deployed Carragher at the edge of the square for periods, with little success.

That was a horrible, wet night. Perhaps if the weather is good on Sunday, that will be a tactic they’ll go for once again.

Bridge will have to take the game to Cross, but not concede too much at the back. It’s a tough nut to crack and Stephen Kernan’s men should prevail once again.

Photo Credit: John Merry