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Gaelic Football: Trio glad to bear Cross.

Byline: By ORLA BANNON

DONAL Murtagh has hailed the contribution of the McEntee twins and Oisin McConville to Crossmaglen's success in the last decade.

As the Armagh kingpins begin another Ulster club campaign against Donegal champions Gweedore on Sunday, Murtagh insists their domination at club level would not have been possible without some very special players.

"It's the older boys who have all the medals that are the easy men to motivate," revealed the Crossmaglen boss, who won 10 county titles, four Ulsters and three All-Irelands with the club before retiring last year.

"Boys like John and Tony and Oisin could walk away in the morning and owe nothing to anybody but it's them who are pushing the younger boys at training."

Murtagh accepts Crossmaglen have been blessed to have so many quality players at the one time.

"The club scene in Armagh is not that bad, it's just that we had a great bunch of boys who all came through at the same time.

"It was a freak of nature but at the same time the conveyor belt shows no signs of stopping.

"We have four or five county minors sitting waiting to walk onto the senior squad next year."

Cross have never played a Donegal team in the Ulster championship before but are hot favourites to progress past Sunday's preliminary round clash in Ballybofey (2.30).

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 27, 2006
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