Gormley wary of Antrim's Tipp trip
Published 05/04/2008 | 09:36
Antrim manager Jody Gormley has watched his side stride to some impressive wins to date in mounting their challenge for promotion from Division Four of the National Football League but he cannot view the trip to Tipperary tomorrow with anything other than apprehension.
The Munster side have only lost once to date and had the opportunity to enjoy a breather last weekend.
They are tucked in behind Offaly and Antrim at the top of the table and in four games so far they have hit 6-63 - a statistic that in itself should serve as a warning to the Saffrons.
Manager Gormley says: "We take every game as it comes and we recognise that this will be a difficult trip. Ardfinnan is not a place at which points are easy to come by, we know that."
His team have only dropped one point so far - a draw against Offaly - and have shown a sharp appetite for action.
But Gormley, who has welded together youth and experience in his side, is confident that the mix will can still prove potent in terms of securing promotion.
He has made a number of positional changes in midfield and attack for tomorrow, though.
Cargin's Michael McCann moves from centre threequarters to midfield with Aodhan Gallagher going to the half forward line.
Kevin Niblock switches from full-forward to the '40', with under 21 star Benny Hasson now positioned on the edge of the square.
Kevin O'Boyle, Justin Crozier, Paddy Cunningham and Tomas McCann are among players who have been firing on all cylinders for Antrim lately, their skill and energy underpinning the team's progress.
Tipperary may not have Declan Browne in their side but they are a strong, physical outfit who believe in taking the direct route to the opposition posts.
The Antrim defence, in which Tony Scullion and Sean Kelly have been bringing their craft and strength into play, should be capable of containing the Tipperary attack for a match that could have a decided bearing on the outcome of what is proving to be a very interesting promotion race.
"We still have desire and belief and these are two qualities that are necessary if headway is to be made at any level. Hopefully, we will get another boost this weekend," says Gormley.
ANTRIM: S McGreevy; J Loughrey, A McClean, K O'Boyle; T Scullion, S Kelly, J Crozier; J Quinn, M McCann; A Gallagher, K Niblock, T O'Neill; T McCann, B Hasson, P Cunningham.