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Harbinson takes positive stance as Antrim target a recovery drive

 

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John Campbell

By John Campbell

Antrim football boss Lenny Harbinson believes his side have acquired "some positives" from their Ulster Championship quarter-final defeat to Tyrone and can apply them in Saturday's All-Ireland qualifier against Louth in Drogheda (7pm).

It has been difficult for Harbinson to find the rays of hope that might permeate the gloom surrounding his side but, nonetheless, the former St Gall's All-Ireland club winning boss is convinced the Saffrons can make an impact in the All-Ireland qualifiers.

"You're always looking for some positives to take away from any game and in the second-half we took the game to Tyrone and I think we matched them score for score," stresses Harbinson.

Louth beat Down and drew with Westmeath in their last two league games before that shattering defeat to Dublin (5-21 to 0-10) in the Leinster Championship.

While the Saffrons are still missing a number of key players, manager Harbinson has grown accustomed to plugging gaps, and his painstaking search for fresh talent has seen him unearth some fresh nuggets.

But his side will again look to players such as Ricky Johnston, Patrick McBride, Niall Delargy, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Ryan Murray and skipper Declan Lynch to set the tone for their display on Saturday.

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