Antrim secretary Frankie Quinn has a double fear surrounding the team’s National League Division Four final against Sligo in Longford on Saturday (4.30pm).
“Longford is 120 miles from Belfast and the match is being televised live by TG4. That certainly won’t encourage our fans to come out in numbers in this difficult financial climate,” raps Quinn, “The sound of silence may not be so golden.”
The Saffrons had initially made representations to have the match staged at either Enniskillen or Omagh but their plea fell on deaf ears.
Now Liam Bradley’s side will go into their most important match of the year to date devoid of healthy vocal support.
“Obviously our die-hard fans will make the trip and very welcome they will be too. But the important thing is that the team should come back with the trophy, that’s all that matters,” adds Quinn.
Last year, Antrim won the Gaelic Life Dr McKenna Cup but that was their first trophy since they won the All Ireland ‘B’ Championship title in 1999.
“It would be great for Antrim football if a second trophy could be captured within the period of one year. And it would be even better if we could go on and make an impact in the Ulster Championship. One thing I will say about this Antrim side - they have no fear of anyone.
“Manager Liam Bradley has instilled a level of confidence and pride in the side and this is reflected in the manner in which they play,” insists Quinn.