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Byline: MAXIE SWAIN

NEWINGTON boss Eamonn McCarthy has taunted his title rivals, warning pretenders to their Premier Division throne: "We're still the team to beat".

Kilmore Rec's staggering quadruple swoop for Irish League stars Andy Kilmartin, Mark Holland, Conor Walsh and Neil Taggart has rocked the Amateur League's top flight, leading many to suggest a changing of the guard may be underway.

But McCarthy insists his squad remain the envy of the league with only Jonny Gowdy departing the champions since their coronation last May - their third title in a row.

"We handed out 21 league winner's medals last season and we've still got 20 of them here so our squad is still very, very strong and I'm more than happy with where we are," he said.

"It's going to be tougher than ever, and people are out to get you, but we've built up a big, strong squad and we're raring to go."

Meanwhile Kilmore manager Gary Kennedy admits only the title will suffice after he refitted his midfield and attack with proven Irish League class.

"We want to have a good crack at the title, that's why we've signed these players," he said.

"The league is my priority and we want to win it - second doesn't even come into it." SEE PAGES 10&11

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HAVE WHAT WE HOLD Newington boss Eamonn McCarthy shows off the trophy that Gary Kennedy, above, would like to get
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Title Annotation:Features; Front Page
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 9, 2011
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