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Antrim manager Bradley stays calm in hunt for promotion

By John Campbell

The possibility of gaining promotion in successive seasons now looms on the horizon for Antrim’s footballers but you won’t find manager Liam Bradley engaged in idle speculation.

Instead the Saffrons boss, happy with the six points that his side has garnered from three matches to date, believes that a fourth victory over Roscommon next week-end will assure Division Three status for next season.

“We are taking each match as it comes but we are happy to be where we are at the moment. There can be a very thin line dividing the teams pushing for promotion and those fearing relegation in all four divisions of the National League so it’s always wise to take each game as it comes,” maintains Bradley.

However, there can be little doubt that a victory over Roscommon would further shorten the odds on Antrim’s hopes of making it into the more rarified atmosphere of Division Two.

Bradley, delighted with the performances of players like Dermot McCann, Deaghlan O’Hagan and Aaron Douglas in the victory over Fermanagh at the weekend, will not have any of his St Gall’s contingent available until the concluding stages of the league but this does not unduly concern him.

“Obviously we are behind St Gall’s in their bid to become All Ireland Club champions. Our own aim is just to keep winning each match and then we will see where this takes us. It’s encouraging that we have selection options but we still have some very demanding matches to come,” says Bradley.

While Bradley has cause for optimism, under fire Cavan boss Tommy Carr has major worries following his team’s defeat by Louth. Unless the Breffni side show a major improvement relegation could become a reality.

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