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Quinn poised to point way ahead for Antrim again on Minor front

 

By John Campbell

It's not often that Antrim get the chance to hit the headlines in the Ulster Minor Football Championship.

By the same token it's rare indeed that a player like Liam Quinn comes along to illuminate not only his team's performances but the entire competition.

It was earlier this year that this gifted young corner-forward sprang to prominence when he played a leading role in helping St Mary's GS, Magherafelt achieve an all-too-rare MacRory Cup triumph.

Fast forward to the first round of the Ulster Championship, and Quinn once again paraded his sublime skills to devastating effect with Antrim as they chiselled out a superb win over Donegal after extra-time.

Quinn tortured the Donegal defence to such an extent that their penchant for fouling him saw them ultimately pay a heavy penalty, as he scored seven points (four frees), while his partners in crime up front aided and abetted him in stylish fashion with Tiernan McAteer landing four points, including the all-important winner, and Ronan Kelly hitting three.

On Sunday, Quinn will again be in the vanguard of the Antrim attack in the Ulster semi-final at Clones where he can expect to come in for close attention from a Derry defence that will be particularly keen to help cement their team's status as title favourites.

The Oak Leaf side have been flirting with success of late, while Antrim have been comparatively anonymous, but Quinn's mesmeric talents could help trigger another sparkling performance from the young Saffrons.

Manager Hugh McGettigan certainly feels that his side is capable of replicating the spirit, skill and staying power they revealed against Donegal.

"We know we are going in against the favourites for the Ulster title but we are looking forward to Sunday," insists McGettigan. "That win over Donegal was a tremendous boost for us."

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