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Antrim make it into semi-final after hiccups

 

By John Campbell

They may have endured their share of frustration lately but Antrim now find themselves through to the semi-finals of Division Four of the Lidl Ladies National Football League and to say they are looking forward to next Sunday's meeting with Wicklow but be an understatement.

The Saffrons were due to meet Derry in their final scheduled fixture but it was postponed on three occasions before the match was deemed unnecessary when Antrim's place in the last four was confirmed because of another factor.

They actually finished their itinerary level on 12 points along with Fermanagh but Antrim's win in the earlier head-to-head between the sides proved crucial in providing their passport into the last four.

"It has certainly been a fraught period lately what with the weather making the availability of pitches a major concern and fixtures thrown into confusion," revealed Antrim ladies secretary Anthony Carleton.

"But happily we can now focus on this match with Wicklow.

"The girls are keen to get back into action again."

Antrim have already lost to Wicklow and Carleton maintains that the team are anxious to reverse that outcome next weekend. "Let's just say everyone will be really fired up for this one," he added. Armagh, meanwhile, face a stiff test in the Division Two semi-finals against Tipperary while Cavan will meet Waterford in the other tie.

The Orchard County lost to Waterford and then beat Clare in their last two games but with Aimee Mackin currently in hot scoring form, they might well make it into the divisional decider in which they will meet either Louth or Limerick.

Down have reached the Division Three semi-finals in which they will meet Meath.

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