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Antrim are facing an anxious wait to learn their fate

Longford and Offaly are the standout sides in the bottom tier and anyone that attended Longford's famous win over Derry in the qualifiers last summer in Celtic Park would have been aware that Jack Sheedy had talent at his disposal.

However, a quirk of the fixture list has thrown Antrim a lifeline.

Defeated by Longford in round two of the league, they have since gone on to notch three wins. If they should beat Wicklow, then they spend an anxious time awaiting updates from Longford and Offaly -which throws in an hour later in Pearse Park.

If Longford beat Offaly, it sets up the final league game between Antrim and Offaly as a winner-takes-all clash with both sides on nine points due to the head-to-head rule.

Antrim's whole season is therefore crystallised into the next fortnight.

With another Ulster Championship placing them for the second consecutive year away to a rejuvenated Fermanagh, this period will make or break the Saffrons' year.

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