Antrim hurlers know they must win against Meath at Navan tomorrow (1.00) if they are to reach the Joe McDonagh Cup final.
The Saffrons have turned in some fine performances in the competition to date and they certainly cannot afford to concede ground at this juncture.
Manager Darren Gleeson’s line-up has been strengthened by the recent return of Domhnall Nugent and Neil McManus and both players are expected to have key roles tomorrow.
Ciaran Clarke, Seaan Elliott, Conor Cunning and Joe Maskey are among the Antrim players who are in form just now and they are ready to take the fight to their struggling opponents.
Antrim won the Joe McDonagh Cup two years ago and would relish a repetition of that feat which would bring enhanced status in next year’s All-Ireland Championship – something manager Gleeson would welcome.
Down, meanwhile, face a difficult away mission against Carlow today (2.00) in their bid to finish their Joe McDonagh Cup campaign on a high. Paul Sheehan, Daithi Sands, Conor Woods, Chris Egan, Eoghan Sands and Marc Fisher are among the players who have been to the fore for the side of late.
Meanwhile, Derry stand a great chance of reaching the Christy Ring Cup Final if they can overcome Mayo today at McHale Park, Castlebar (1.00).
The Oak Leaf side have charted steady progress to date and with players like Cormac O’Doherty, Gerald Bradley and Tiernan McHugh in fine form, the team should be able to rise to the occasion.
In the Nickey Rackard Cup the meeting of Tyrone and Donegal at Omagh today (3.30) could have a bearing on just who makes it into the final with the Red Hands expected to take this step.
Fermanagh fell to Armagh last week-end and could find the going difficult against a Roscommon side at Enniskillen today (3.30) who look to have one foot in the final already.
Armagh make the trip to Birmingham to face Warwickshire who suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Donegal last weekend.