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High-flying Antrim out to let good times roll

By John Campbell

It's not often that Antrim get what could be described as a substantial rub of the green. And when the Saffrons do get a break, they tend to treat it with caution given what proved to be no more than brief flirtations with good fortune in the past.

Yet as joint-managers Frank Fitzsimmons and Gearoid Adams prepare for Sunday's Allianz League clash with Leitrim, it could be said that the dice is loaded in their favour.

Their team has already beaten Carlow and Wexford without conceding a goal while several players are now fully back on board. The return of Niall McKeever and Matt Fitzpatrick will be particularly pleasing and will mean that Fitzsimmons and Adams could find themselves spoiled for choice when they select their side.

In addition, they have home advantage against Leitrim - a second successive match on their own soil - and this could help Antrim take a significant step towards promotion.

The team may have come in for brickbats from Carlow boss Turlough O'Brien and Wexford manager David Power for what was alleged to be their over-physical approach but Fitzsimmons remains unfazed.

"We play to win and leave the decisions to the referee," said Fitzsimmons. "Different teams get breaks or have what they believe to be bad decisions given against them but you have to go with the flow. We focus on playing the style we have adopted."

Justin Crozier is expected to be fit, although Sean Burke might still be an absentee.

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