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It's win or bust for Saffrons

By John Campbell

Michael McCann and Sean McVeigh are notable absentees from the Antrim side that will face Offaly in tomorrow's Division Four promotion shoot-out at O'Connor Park, Tullamore.

Both sides are locked on nine points, behind leaders Longford and with a place in Division Three up for grabs, this is the Saffrons' biggest game for some considerable time.

Only a win will suffice for the Saffrons while a draw would be enough to send Offaly up.

The experienced McCann did not train this week while McVeigh is believed to have gone on holiday. Boss Frank Fitzsimmons has brought in Matthew Fitzspatrick, who showed fine form in the Ulster U21 championship defeat to Armagh, and Ricky Johnston.

Conor Burke and skipper Justin Crozier will form the central planks of the defence against an Offaly side that is still bearing the physical and psychological scars following their defeat by Longford when they finished the game with just 12 players.

Paul McConway misses tomorrow's game because of his straight red card but Niall McNamee and Bernard Allen pose a big threat to the Antrim defence.

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