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Tough trip: Antrim boss Neal Peden wants a change of luck
Tough trip: Antrim boss Neal Peden wants a change of luck
John Campbell

By John Campbell

Antrim had hoped to be heading to Ballina with the aim of capturing two points against Mayo tomorrow that would have further bolstered their promotion quest in Division 2A of the Allianz Hurling League - but instead all they can target is restoring a semblance of pride after what has been a depressing campaign to date.

The Saffrons have been unable to reach any real level of consistency and manager Neal Peden is understandably disappointed that the team's promotion hopes have been all but extinguished.

"This is not what we would have hoped for but we have to focus on the Joe McDonagh Cup now and in this context this match is of some importance," said Peden.

He has his Cushendall contingent back on board and this should help bolster a team in which John Dillon, James McNaughton, Keelan Molloy and Ciaran Clarke have been consistent performers to date.

In contrast to Antrim, Down are on a roll in Division 2B and look a good bet to come up trumps against Donegal at Pairc Esler, Newry (2pm).

Ronan Sheehan's side had a comfortable win over Warwickshire last weekend but are aware that Donegal could prove lively opponents.

Down are benefiting from the fact that Paul Sheehan, Oisin McManus and Conor O'Prey are in fine scoring form at the minute.

Meanwhile, Tyrone and Armagh will be keen to make up lost ground in Division 3A having lost to Monaghan and Roscommon respectively last weekend.

Tomorrow, Armagh travel to face upbeat Louth while Tyrone must hit the road to take on Roscommon.

In the Lidl Ladies National Football League, Armagh make the long haul to Waterford today where they may find the going difficult against the home side.

The Orchard County currently sit at the top of the table but Waterford have already shown that they have some talented players in their side.

Also in Division Two, Tyrone will take on Wexford. The Red Hand girls have won one of the two games they have played to date and cannot afford to lose any more ground.

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