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Cushendall quest now a focus for McManus

By John Campbell

Life is certainly hectic for Antrim senior hurling team skipper Neil McManus right now.

Having been involved as part of manager Kevin Ryan's back-up team for the All-Ireland under-21 hurling final against Clare last weekend, McManus will himself be involved in the thick of the action tomorrow when he lines out with Cushendall against Dunloy in the county senior hurling championship semi-final at Loughgiel (2.45pm).

For Cushendall, this could prove another step towards achieving their ambition of knocking Loughgiel off their throne but McManus accepts that this will not be an easy task.

"We are going in against a Dunloy side that includes a good mix of youth and experience and they are very hungry for success. For our part, we would surely like to get our hands on another title," states McManus.

In the other semi-final on Sunday at Cushendall (2.00pm), title-holders Loughgiel will face a Ballycastle side that will include Matthew Donnelly and Ciaran Clarke who were in the Antrim U21 side that lost in their All-Ireland final.

In Armagh, the search for a new hurling manager is under way now that David Kennedy has stood down.

The Tipperary native's task was rendered extremely difficult because of the unavailability of a number of key players at various stages.

The result of that is the orchard county were unable to build on the progress they had made previously.

Meanwhile, Carrickmore and Coalisland will meet tonight in the quarter-final of the Tyrone senior football championship at Healy Park Omagh (8.30pm).

Carrickmore, who beat Cookstown last weekend, will start favourites as they are boosted by Tyrone senior stars Mark Donnelly, Martin Penrose and Conor Gormley.

Tomorrow Dromore and Errigal Ciaran will renew their rivalry at Carrickmore (4.30pm) having finished all-square last Sunday night.

A late Cormac McGinley point gave Errigal a deserved 0-7 each draw on that occasion.

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