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Antrim ladies to get sneak peak of Croke Park ahead of final

By Declan Bogue

Antrim ladies' manager Seamus McKenna has revealed his team are getting a look around Croke Park tomorrow night to strip away a bit of the ground's mystique ahead of Sunday's All-Ireland junior final against Longford (throw-in, 11.45am).

"The important thing for us is the team come down and see it for themselves," he said.

"Let them see the scope of it. We don't want them arriving on the day and getting some kind of a fear factor."

Longford have already beaten the Saffrons twice this year, including the Championship preliminary round, but McKenna sees that as a blessing and the turning point of 2016.

"We were missing one of our best forwards in Mairead Cooper, who didn't play for us in the preliminary round game," he explained.

"I think they were shy a couple of players too. So, as I have said before, it was the best thing that could have happened to us that day, getting beat. It really was - the girls bonded together better."

ANTRIM (v Longford, LJFC final) : A McCann; S Tennyson, E Kelly, J McCavana; D O'Kane, N Kelly, C Dahunsi; A McFarland, A Tubridy; M Cooper, C Timoney, C Carey; E Mallon, E Gallagher, M McGourty

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