Antrim skipper Cormac Donnelly admits that the manner in which side were fully tested by Armagh in the Ulster under-21 hurling final has served as a warning for Saturday’s All Ireland semi-final showdown with Tipperary.
Donnelly, who helped his club Ballycastle overcome Glenariffe in the Antrim championship at the weekend, acknowledges that the Saffrons will need to show a big improvement if they are to end Tipperary’s interest in the competition.
“Armagh really put it up to us in the Ulster final and the fact that we had the forwards who got us late scores stood to us,” points out Donnelly.
“But Tipperary will be a different kettle of fish.
“They have several players in there with senior experience and indeed some of them were involved in the All Ireland senior win over Waterford on Sunday.
“We know they have some very good forwards who can do damage when they get quality possession.
“Armagh got some early scores against us in the Ulster final but we recovered well from that.
“However, we cannot allow ourselves to have to chase the game against Tipperary.
“This is a big challenge for us but we feel we are ready for it.”