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Peden's men focused on a change in fortune for Royal assignment

 

John Campbell

By John Campbell

A rub of the green has been conspicuous by its absence as Antrim hurlers attempt to chart a more consistent course before the season swings into top gear.

In the recent Kehoe Cup final against Westmeath, the Saffrons fell victims in a penalty shoot-out, and despite an heroic overall effort and the loss of two players to red cards they slipped up again to Kerry in their league opener last weekend.

Little wonder, then, that Neal Peden and his management team are hoping for a change in fortune when Meath form the opposition at Navan tomorrow.

Antrim cannot afford to ship a second successive setback in Division 2A if they are to have any chance of promotion.

Their Royal County opponents held Mayo to a draw last weekend and will be keen to make full use of their home advantage.

In Division 2B, Down will travel to Wicklow hoping to get a first win following their setback against Derry.

Derry host neighbours Donegal at Owenbeg knowing that a second successive win will enhance their push for promotion.

Armagh manager Padraig O'Connor has reason to feel confident about his team's mission against Lancashire following their comfortable cruise at Monaghan's expense last week-end, while a victory for Tyrone over Louth would increase their chances of promotion.

Fermanagh were just pipped by Sligo last weekend (2-14 to 1-16) and with home advantage at Enniskillen, they might just fancy their chances against Longford, who will be having their first outing.

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