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Antrim fired up and ready to take Croke Park by storm

By John Campbell

The Antrim management team of Frank Fitzsimons and Gearoid Adams will be spoiled for choice when they sit down tonight to choose the Saffrons team to take on Louth in the Allianz Football League Division Four final at Croke Park on Saturday (4.00pm).

The sooner than expected return to action of several players and the rampant desire within the squad to be part of the starting line-up at Headquarters means the team bosses will have some difficult decisions to make.

But neither Fitzsimons nor Adams are complaining as they prepare to show their hand against a backdrop of buoyancy and optimism.

"It's a great position to be in," beams Fitzsimons.

"Too often in the past Antrim have had only a limited pool of players from which to choose but it's all rather different this year. The lads have really bought into our drive for success.

"The level of competitiveness in our training sessions has been more than we could ever have asked for with the boys really putting their shoulder to the wheel. There is no doubting the collective desire to be part of the team that will take the field.

"It's not every day that Antrim get to play at Croke Park and naturally players would like to have it to say that they played on a winning team there."

Skipper Kevin Niblock, James Laverty, Kevin O'Boyle, Tomas McCann, Michael McCann, Sean McVeigh and Justin Crozier (if fit) will have key roles in the side while goalkeeper Chris Kerr will be aiming to keep a clean sheet just as he has done in five of the team's matches to date.

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