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It's all change for the Saffrons as Peden puts focus on future

 

John Campbell

By John Campbell

His team may have bid goodbye to their promotion hopes from Division 2A of the Allianz Hurling League, but rather than wallow in despondency Antrim manager Neal Peden is focusing strongly on the future.

And it's in this connection that he has restructured his defence for tomorrow's dead rubber contest against London.

Experienced Saffrons stalwarts John Dillon and Simon McCrory will miss the game because of flu and this has opened the door for Conor Patterson and Conor Boyle to make their pitch for recognition in defence.

The versatile Stephen Rooney switches to full-back, Neil McManus is restored at right-half-forward and Cushendun's Conor McHugh is included on the other flank of the attack.

Meanwhile, Down face a stiff test against Kildare in Division 2B, while Tyrone manager Mattie Lennon will find himself with a foot in both camps when his men host Armagh at Healy Park, Omagh in Division 3A.

Derrynoose native Lennon is a former Armagh player but is keeping his fingers crossed that his Red Hands outfit can atone for two recent losses.

Also in Division 3A, Monaghan will face Louth while in Division 3B Fermanagh will host Cavan at Lisbellaw.

In the Lidl Ladies National Football League, Tyrone will play Armagh at Healy Park, Omagh today (5pm) while in Division Three tomorrow Down confront Roscommon and Cavan take on Waterford.

Derry will face Kilkenny, who lost heavily to an Antrim side that will meet Limerick.

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