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Graft will earn Rangers 9 in a row.

Byline: PAUL KEANE

OISIN McCONVILLE claims Ulster title hopefuls Crossmaglen Rangers are the hardest working team in Ireland.

The powerhouse Armagh outfit are the proud possessors of a record eight provincial titles and are chasing a ninth today.

McConville has been involved in each of the wins since 1996 and says their commitment to hard graft has never wavered.

In fact, the former Armagh hero says it's why the players feel they deserve to keep winning and move within touching distance of another All-Ireland crown.

McConville claimed: "We're working hard, harder than we ever have done before. We feel we're working harder than any other team and that's why we deserve to be up there challenging."

Amazingly, it's just two years ago that Crossmaglen were beaten in their own county championship having dominated it for over a decade.

Their response to the setback was as inspirational as it was chilling - they won the All-Ireland title the following year and are well positioned now to defend it.

Legendary Armagh forward McConville continued: "There's a renewed vigour in the club. It's not about what we've done in the past.

"It's about what we're going to do in the future. That's easy to say, but harder to do. But we're fully committed to moving forward."

AIB Ulster Club Senior Football Championship, Final Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) v Burren (Down) Morgan Athletic Grounds, 3.15pm

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Nov 27, 2011
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