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Antrim must keep classy Galway at bay

By John Campbell

Antrim face a journey into the unknown today when they meet Galway in the All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship quarter-final at Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan (3.00pm).

This will be Galway's first championship assignment of the season and Saffrons boss Ciaran Kearney is wary of the challenge that his team faces.

"Let's face it, they won the All-Ireland minor title last year and will obviously be keen to retain it so we have to be on guard," states Kearney.

"We would not have been overly pleased with our own Ulster Championship semi-final performance against Derry but against Down in the final we showed an improvement and now we must show a further step-up if we are to have any chance of winning."

Antrim boast a healthy ration of firepower up front with Caolan Molloy and Conal Doherty-Cunning looking sharp while Conor Boyd, Eamon Smyth and Conor Johnston are other key players in the side.

"It would have been a help had we been given the opportunity to run our eye over Galway but that was not possible so we have to be prepared for every eventuality," adds Kearney.

Meanwhile, the Fermanagh hurling renaissance can be taken a stage further today when they meet neighbours Donegal in the All-Ireland Under 21 'C' Championship final (Andrew Neill Cup) at Healy Park, Omagh (3.00pm).

Fermanagh beat Sligo by 2-13 to 1-12 in a keenly contested semi-final last weekend.

Now the Ernesiders are anxious to bring further silverware to a county which has made useful headway on the hurling front.

Vinnie Woods, Ciaran Corrigan and Mark Slevin are key players in a Fermanagh side that will go into the All-Ireland 'B' section in which they will meet Kerry should they win today.

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