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Darren Gleeson calling for focus as Antrim face another stiff test in quest for Division 1B victory

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Ace marksman: Ciaran Clarke can put scores on the board for Antrim. Credit: INPHO/Evan Treacy

Ace marksman: Ciaran Clarke can put scores on the board for Antrim. Credit: INPHO/Evan Treacy

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Ace marksman: Ciaran Clarke can put scores on the board for Antrim. Credit: INPHO/Evan Treacy

Antrim have found the going rather tough in Allianz Hurling League Division 1B to date and may not derive any form of consolation from their clash with Waterford at Corrigan Park today (1pm).

The Saffrons have lost to Dublin and Kilkenny, although in both games they showed a generous ration of skill and no little courage. But manager Darren Gleeson is hoping his players can go the extra mile against a Waterford side that humbled Laois by 7-31 to 0-19 in their most recent outing.

“Obviously Waterford had things their own way in that one but we have to focus on our own game,” maintained Gleeson.

Stephen Bennett is in hot scoring form for Waterford just now while Patrick Curran, Ciaran Kirwan and Austin Gleeson are other players capable of discomfiting the home defence.

Antrim will look to Neil McManus, Ciaran Clarke, Keelan Molloy and Eoghan Campbell to spearhead their drive for a much-needed brace of points.

In Division 2A, Down hope to take another step on the road to promotion when they host Kildare at Ballycran today (2pm).

Ronan Sheehan’s side have two wins under their belt to date and if players such as Conor Woods, Paul Sheehan, Chris Egan and Daithi Sands strike form again, then the side could inch nearer to promotion to Division 1B.

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Derry are still setting the pace in Division 2B but face a stiff examination against Mayo at Celtic Park (2pm). Cormac O’Doherty has been leading by splendid example and can trigger another Oak Leaf victory.

The meeting of Tyrone and Armagh in Division 3A at O’Neill’s Healy Park, Omagh should see a pulsating contest between two well-matched sides.

In the National Camogie League, Down will host Galway in Division One at Liatroim today (2pm) while Derry will meet Kildare at Banagher (2pm). In the Ladies’ National Football League tomorrow, Armagh will take on Cavan at the Athletic Grounds (2pm) while Down will travel to face Sligo.


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