One man who will be taking more than a passing interest in tomorrow’s Offaly v Antrim showdown in Division Two of the National Hurling League is Anthony Daly.
The former Clare All Ireland winning captain is now manager of Dublin and will avail of the opportunity to dissect the Saffrons’ performance tomorrow.
The Dubs will face the Ulster champions in the Leinster Championship on June 7 - the Saffrons baptism in the competition.
And while Antrim are aware that they will be in the ‘shop window’ to some extent tomorrow, they do not intend to allow this to distract them from their goal of reaching Division One.
“There is already a lot of talk about our meeting with Dublin and I suppose in thecircumstnaces that’s understandable. But we must keep our focus very much on Offaly. They are a big barrier to us,” insists Antrim joint manager Dominic McKinley.
Dublin have shown enterprise and flair in Division One so far under Daly’s stewardship.
The Banner county hero knows that there is a deep yearning within Dublin for hurling success and hopes to deliver something along these lines.
But with Kilkenny almost certain to win the Leinster title - again! - the best the rest of the field can hope for is to ensure that they maintain a creditable level of performances.
In this respect, McKinley feels Antrim can do themselves justice.
“It’s a big challenge for us but we will be up for it, you can be sure of it” he stresses.