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McShane is forced to shuffle Down pack


Old guard: Lauren Cunningham
Old guard: Lauren Cunningham
John Campbell

By John Campbell

When Down face Roscommon in their All-Ireland Ladies' Football Championship qualifier tomorrow, they will do so with something of a new-look team.

Manager Ryan McShane has been forced to amend his line-up because several of his players are unavailable but he is still hopeful that his Mourne team can produce a top performances against their Connacht opponents.

McShane has concerns, though, as his side have not been in action since losing their Ulster Intermediate final to Tyrone by 3-7 to 0-7.

"There has been a strong focus on club football in the interim and this means we are going into this game without any matches under our belt since the Tyrone game," said McShane.

"But still, we have to go with it and just hopefully things will turn out right for us."

He has introduced new blood into the side with three players from the Bredagh club likely to boost the team. They are Ella Durkan, Laoise Duffy and Erin McGinn, and McShane believes they will bring enthusiasm and commitment to the table.

There is still a ration of experience, too, with Lauren Cunningham still there to help provide a solid base.

Meanwhile, in the All-Ireland U16 'B' Camogie Championship, Antrim will meet Dublin, while Armagh will oppose Cavan in the 'C' Championship. Both games will be staged as a double bill at the Madden club's complex just outside Armagh city.

Tyrone will also be in action and they will take on Carlow in the U16 'C' Championship at Eglish, where home advantage should play a part in helping to take them further in the competition.

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