Ulster Club SFC: Crossmaglen could face Cavan champions

Crossmaglen's Rico Kelly moves in to challenge Fergal McPhilips of Scotstown
Crossmaglen beat Scotstown 2-17 to 2-12 after extra-time in last year's Ulster Club final

Ulster Senior Club Football champions Crossmaglen will begin the defence of their title against the Cavan champions later this year if they can secure a seventh consecutive Armagh SFC crown.

Cross have won 19 of the last 20 Orchard championships and are hotly fancied to continue that sequence.

The Armagh champions have home advantage for the quarter-final tie, which is to be played on 30 October.

The series starts with a preliminary round match two weeks earlier.

The Monaghan champions will host the winners of the Down championship in that first round game, with the victors facing a trip to take on the Donegal title holders.

The Tyrone champions will host the Antrim representatives in the quarter-finals while the Derry title-holders have home advantage against Fermanagh's champions.

All four last-eight encounters are due to be played on the final Sunday in October, with the semi-finals down for decision on 13 November and the final on 27 November.

Crossmaglen beat Scotstown 2-17 to 2-12 after extra-time to clinch the Ulster title for the 11th time last season.

In the senior hurling championship, Fermanagh's Lisbellaw play the Down champions for the right to meet the Derry representatives in the semi-finals on 9 October.

The Antrim and Down champions will meet in the other semi-final on the same day, with the decider scheduled for 23 October.

Reigning Ulster hurling champions Cushendall, who reached last season's All-Ireland final, open their Antrim Championship campaign against Creggan next month.

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