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Saffrons are boosted by return of Neeson as they gear up for challenge of Ernemen

By John Campbell

Antrim's flying forward Brian Neeson has special reason for counting down the hours to Sunday's Ulster Championship preliminary round tie against Fermanagh at Brewster Park, Enniskillen.

It was there that the dynamic Neeson stole the show two years ago when he racked up 1-6 in the Saffrons' stunning 2-18 to 3-13 victory.

But when he subsequently swapped his shooting boots for goalkeeping gloves after switching his allegiance to Carrick Rangers, it was thought that he was lost to the county for good.

At the start of this year, though, Neeson resumed duty in the Antrim attack and now he is pressing for a starting place at a venue which he regards as a happy hunting ground.

"It's great to have 'Bam' on board again," says Antrim spokesman Sean Kelly. "He showed good form when he got game time in the league and is one of maybe 10 players competing for a place in the attack for Sunday's game."

Meanwhile, Armagh stepped up their preparations for their quarter-final meeting with Cavan on May 29 by overcoming Derry in a challenge match at Tullysaran on Saturday. The Orchard County won by 2-18 to 0-13 with both goals coming from the superb Michael McKenna.

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