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Saffrons keen to keep pushing on: Gary O'Kane


Determined: Gary O’Kane
Determined: Gary O’Kane
John Campbell

By John Campbell

Gary O'Kane makes no bones about it - if Antrim can get the better of Laois in the Joe McDonagh Cup today then they will take another step towards joining hurling's elite.

O'Kane, a member of Neal Peden's management team, hailed last week's win over Kerry as a big shot in the arm for the Saffrons but cautions that the win by Laois over Offaly has lifted their morale.

He said: "Laois will be comfortable at Portlaoise today and they will have a big incentive to overcome us. For our part, we have to repeat the form we showed against Kerry.

"We had people like Nigel Elliott, David Kearney and Joe Maskey who came on last weekend and did a fine job for us."

Derry will face Donegal in the Christy Ring Cup at Celtic Park today (3pm) knowing that another win would thrust them into stronger contention for the trophy.

Cormac O'Doherty, Se McGuigan and Alan Grant offer considerable fire-power in the Oak Leaf attack.

Down, meanwhile, face a daunting assignment against Wicklow in Aughrim (3pm) in the same competition.

Oisin McManus, Eoghan Sands and Paul Sheehan are the players likely to get the Mournemen off the mark.

Tyrone manager Mattie Lennon was left purring with satisfaction following his team's shock win over Mayo last week-end.

Lennon is aware that an away win over Sligo today would see them cast as favourites to emerge from Group Two.

Armagh go to Warwickshire while Monaghan face Longford at Inniskeen (3pm).

In the Lory Meagher Cup, Cavan will host Fermanagh at Kingspan Breffni (5pm).

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