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McConville: Cross prepared, but 'not taking anything for granted'

A man who has seen it all before feels Crossmaglen have prepared “really, really well” for Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Dr Crokes.

Crossmaglen's Oisin McConville (file photo)
Crossmaglen's Oisin McConville (file photo)
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CROSSMAGLEN VETERAN Oisin McConville is predicting a close battle when the Armagh giants meet Dr Crokes of Kerry in Saturday’s All-Ireland Football Club Championship semi-final.

Cross needed a replay before coming out on top when the sides met in the 2007 club final and McConville, who is hoping to collect a sixth All-Ireland club medal on St Patrick’s Day, is expecting it to be equally as close this time around.

“We’ve had experience of Crokes before, we played them in 2007,” McConville said. “There wasn’t a big pile between the two teams, we don’t expect much to be between the two teams this time around.

“We’ve prepared really, really well. I suppose we have that little bit of experience in that we’ve been there, we’ve done it. We were in an All-Ireland semi-final last year. I suppose we know what it takes.

“We’re not taking anything for granted, but preparation has been decent so far.”

Throw-in at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise is at 2pm on Saturday. Garrycastle of Westmeath face St Brigid’s of Roscommon in the second semi-final, which throws-in at 2pm on Saturday in Longford’s Pearse Park.

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