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Saffrons keen to see top duo return

 

By John Campbell

Antrim got a chance to draw their breath yesterday when they were not in action in Lidl Ladies National Football League Division Four, but their respite merely afforded the side a further opportunity to focus on two vital forthcoming matches - and with a third likely to be thrown into the mix.

The Saffrons were due to play Derry on Thursday night but the non-appearance of the official referee saw the match ruled out, a matter which does not sit comfortably with the side.

"We had made arrangements with Croke Park to go ahead with the re-arranged game against Derry but the fact that it has not been played complicates matters to some extent now," explains Antrim ladies football official Anthony Carleton: "We have important fixtures against Louth and then Carlow over the course of the next two week-ends and then we will probably have to try and fit in the game against Derry. With the pressure on to complete the leagues intensifying this is maybe not going to be easy."

But the break in competitive action could yet provide Antrim with a bonus of sorts. Two of their most experienced players Marissa McGourty and Jenny Cavanagh have been out of action lately and are now afforded extra time in which to recover from their injuries.

"Obviously, we would like to have everyone on board for these forthcoming matches but we will just wait and see how things go. Yesterday showed that the vagaries of the weather can still intrude on fixtures,," added Carleton.

Antrim have won two of their four matches played to date their victims being Fermanagh and Kilkenny, while they lost to Limerick and Wicklow. Derry, though, are still pointless.

Fermanagh were due to meet Kilkenny yesterday but this match was ruled out by the arctic blast. For Fermanagh's Joanne Doonan the postponement meant that she could catch her breath having helped Queen's University to win the prestigious O'Connor Cup.

Fermanagh have won three matches in Division Four and manager Emmet Curry is anxious to see his side maintain their surge. They were expected to beat struggling Kilkenny had the match taken place.

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