Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

McGourty axed from Bradley's Ulster plans

Antrim forward CJ McGourty has been axed from the panel in advance of the Ulster championship quarter-final against Fermanagh on June 1.

It is understood that manager Liam Bradley regards the prodigiously-talented McGourty as surplus to requirements as the Saffrons bid to regain a measure of credibility following a disappointing campaign in Division Four of the Allianz League.

And McGourty may not be the only familiar face missing.

Midfield strongman Sean McVeigh incurred a red card while playing for his club All Saints Ballymena against Cargin in the quarter-final of the O'Cahan Cup and depending on the contents of referee Paul Hanna's report, he could miss early championship action.

It is believed that McVeigh, who played for London before returning to assist Antrim, collided with Hanna during the game.

Like McGourty, he brings experience to a side whose morale has been damaged during a league campaign at the outset of which hopes were high.

McGourty's exclusion would come as a surprise because even though he had an indifferent outing in Antrim's last game against Clare, he appeared to have recaptured his scoring form.

But he has been overshadowed with the ball-winning skills and creative talents of Michael Pollock and the red-hot form being displayed by Brian 'Bam' Neeson, who scored 1-7 against London and 2-6 against Carlow.

However, with former skipper Paddy Cunningham still recovering from injury, Bradley's options up front could be more limited.

On the plus side, Tomas McCann bounced back from injury to score 2-3 in the win over London, while Under 21 goalkeeper Ronan Hanna has been impressive in two starts at senior level.

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