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McCusker demanding change after Fermanagh humiliation

By John Campbell

The worst fears of Fermanagh joint hurling boss Seamus McCusker have been realised but he's not about to immerse himself in an 'I told you so' mantra.

Rather, he is hoping that GAA chiefs will undertake a closer study of the lower divisions of the Allianz League in what he sees as a necessary bid to bring about a more level playing field.

A shattering 7-19 to 0-12 defeat at the hands of resurgent Louth in the weekend Nicky Rackard promotion/relegation play-off tie lent further credibility to McCusker's plea.

Already this year Fermanagh were forced to surrender promotion to Division 3A of the league when they were beaten by Tyrone in a promotion/relegation play-off and now they find themselves consigned to the Lory Meagher Cup next year following their humiliation at the hands of the Wee County.

"I believe that the fact that there are only four teams in Division 3B gives us a very limited number of games," maintains McCusker.

"This does not prove proper preparation for the All-Ireland series and I think that the sooner there is one overall Division Three rather than two sections, the better.

"This would give us more matches, help to keep players interested and maybe bolster our All-Ireland involvement via whatever cup we happen to be in."

Andrew Mackin did most to floor Fermanagh by helping himself to 4-4 with Paddy Lynch, David Kettle and Diarmuid Murphy scoring Louth's other goals.

Derry, too, find themselves in the doldrums now that they have been shunted down into the Nicky Rackard Cup next year following a 1-21 to 1-14 defeat to Mayo in their Christy Ring Cup promotion/relegation play-off on Saturday.

Antrim collected the Ulster senior camogie title in dramatic fashion at Ballybofey yesterday when a last-gasp point from Caitrin Dobbin gave them a 3-7 to 2-9 victory over Derry in a thrilling decider.

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