Rangers ready for tricky Trillick test

Ulster Senior Championship QF – Omagh – 7.15pm

In Saturday’s main event, Crossmaglen face a tricky obstacle as they take on Tyrone SFC champions Trillick.

The Rangers have waited 12 months to get back to this stage and right the wrongs of their last outing in Ulster.

That came against Ballybay last season when Crossmaglen crashed out of the competition with a whimper.

They flew out of the traps early on, with an outstanding Rian O’Neill goal seemingly setting them on their way.

But a black card just before the break threw the whole thing into disarray and Ballybay stormed to a convincing win.

Now this weekend, Anthony Cunningham’s men will be eager to prove that the Ballybay display was a one off.

They claimed the Armagh title yet again with a handsome 12-point victory over Clan na Gael in the final.

Cross trailed by one at the break but a dominant second half display saw them blow the Clans away.

They have nine different scorers that day, showing that they have attacking threats from all over the park.

Both midfielders, Stephen Morris and Oisin O’Neill got on the scoresheet. Rico Kelly also got forward from full back to score.

Paul Hughes and Rian O’Neill hit 0-3 apiece while Cian McConville finished the game with 0-5 to his name.

Jamie Clarke coolly tucked away a penalty while substitute Ronan Fitzpatrick chipped in with 1-1.

In Saturday’s main event, Crossmaglen face a tricky obstacle as they take on Tyrone SFC champions Trillick.
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With Aaron Kernan playing in a plus one role and Chris Crowley likely picking up Lee Brennan, Cross will hope to be assured at the back.

Around the middle, Oisin O’Neill and Richie Donnelly are likely to go toe-to-toe. Elsewhere, Rian O’Neill will probably be shadowed by Rory Brennan.

Both sides are missing key men in James Morgan (Crossmaglen) and Mattie Donnelly (Trillick) and both will be out for the foreseeable.

Crossmaglen will be highly motivated for this one and while they won’t underestimate the Tyrone champs, they’ll believe they have enough quality to get the job done.