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Antrim will reap the benefit of hard work: O'Mullan

By John Campbell

Antrim hurling manager PJ O'Mullan admits he is "beginning to lose count" of the number of matches in which his county is involved.

The Saffrons have been following a hectic schedule to date that has embraced a series of games in the Walsh Cup and the Conor McGurk Memorial Tournament, an overall itinerary that highlights a frenetic opening to the new season.

Antrim now expect to play two games within a matter of hours on Saturday and they will head off to play Cork and UCC, among the favourites to land the Fitzgibbon Cup, next weekend.

"There is nothing like playing games to bring players on," insisted O'Mullan. "We will be meeting Monaghan in the semi-final of the Conor McGurk Tournament and if we win, we will play the winners of the other semi-final between Derry and Down three hours later. I'm beginning to lose count of the number of games!

"We are not fazed in the slightest, though, because we have a big panel and we will be able to field two different sides. It means that players will get game time.

"We could not ask for better preparation for our opening Allianz League game against Derry."

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