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Gaelic: Gormley's eyes on 'level playing field'

By John Campbell

Antrim boss Jody Gormley is well aware that C J McGourty is currently plying his trade successfully with Donegal Celtic. But that will certainly not dissuade him from bringing the precocious teenager under his umbrella when the build-up to the Dr McKenna Cup intensifies.

Gormley has already overseen several squad sessions as Antrim seek to maintain their fitness levels following their involvement in the Tommy Murphy Cup final when they were pipped by Wicklow, thanks to a last-gasp goal from Tommy Gill.

The Saffrons have since recovered from the psychological hit endured on that occasion in Croke Park and Gormley now wants his team to put their best foot forward in 2008.

In the Ulster Championship, Antrim gave Derry quite a fright at Casement Park before bowing out - indeed, a couple of crucial Derry scores came directly from Antrim errors.

But the fact that his team were already consigned to the Tommy Murphy Cup under the new format which pertained in this year's championship meant that Gormley's men were deprived of action in the All Ireland qualifiers.

"It would have been tasty to have been involved at this level but it wasn't to be. I see the Tommy Murphy Cup could be on its way out. That would mean more of a level playing field.

"If teams like ourselves manage to survive in the qualifiers, then well and good. If we don't then we can't complain. But the boys would certainly relish the challenge of pitting their skills against some of the more fancied teams," insists Gormley.

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