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Kevin Ryan set for surprise return to Antrim helm

Michael Verney

The season of second comings looks set to add another name to the list with Antrim expected to appoint Kevin Ryan for a surprise return with the Saffron hurlers in 2019.

Ryan is expected to succeed joint-managers Terence 'Sambo' McNaughton and Domininc McKinley in the role after a meeting with Saffron officials last night.

The Waterford native was at the helm of the Antrim senior and U-21 sides from 2013 to 2015 and led the U-21s to a shock defeat of Wexford and their first All-Ireland U-21 final appearance in his first year in charge.

His reign ended in disappointment following relegation from Division 1B and the Liam MacCarthy Cup before subsequently taking charge of a disappointing season with the Offaly hurlers in 2017.

While paling in comparison to the high-profile returns of Liam Sheedy in Tipperary - Sheedy was actually involved with Antrim this season - and James Horan with the Mayo footballers, it's yet another interesting twist ahead of Antrim's participation in next year's Joe McDonagh Cup.

Meanwhile, Westmeath SHC champions Clonkill are happy to play their rescheduled Leinster club SHC quarter-final against Ballyboden St Enda's in Parnell Park tonight having consulted with the grieving Loughlin family.

The club's Facebook page outlined yesterday afternoon how both Leinster Council and Ballyboden St Enda's made contact to re-fix the game for tomorrow night but that the Loughlin family wished that the game would proceed as planned tonight.

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