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Antrim boss on trail of fresh talent

By John Campbell

Antrim manager Frank Dawson is refusing to allow the grass to grow under his feet as he prepares for the 2014 season.

The Saffrons boss will take in tonight's senior football championship semi-finals determined to unearth additional fresh talent as he focuses on what he hopes will be a marked revival in the county's fortunes.

With holders St Gall's confronting St Paul's at Corrigan Park (5.30pm) and Creggan Kickhams taking on Erin's Own, Cargin at Ahoghill (7.30pm), Dawson is certainly confronted by a tasty menu.

St Gall's are going for their seventh successive title and are in pole position to sustain their dominance.

"It's important to get fresh faces on board and I feel there is a rich seam of talent in Antrim. There are a number of players that we earmarked in earlier rounds of these championships and we want to have another look at them now to assess their progress," he said.

St Gall's will be missing the services of midfield ace Sean Burke who is in the US but boast rich resources with Sean Kelly, Anto Healy, Colin Brady, Aodhan Gallagher, the McGourty brothers Kevin, Kieran and CJ and Karl Stewart bolstering their line-up.

The formidable presence of Michael Pollock and the stylish Kevin Niblock lends a decided cutting edge to their attack.

Sean McGreevy and Liam Carland bring a seasoned flavour to the St Paul's side who will certainly be up against it in this one.

Erin's Own, Cargin will also have their big guns on parade against Creggan Kickhams which means that the McCann brothers Tómas and Michael, Tony Scullion, Justin Crozier and John Carron will be in action for the Toome outfit. The Creggan team will look to the Johnston brothers Ricky and Martin for inspiration while Mark Dougan could also play a key role for them.

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