Allianz National Hurling League – Division 2A
Antrim selector Johnny Campbell was understandably happy with Sunday’s win over Kerry in Tralee but felt the Saffrons let the Kingdom back into the game at times.
“ A six point win in the end up is something you have to be pleased with. Any time you come down here and get a win is a good result. I thought we were fully deserving of it, we worked hard for it, but I though we let ourselves down a bit at times by letting them back into it. They hit the bar there near the end and could have been closer at the finish.”
Looking forward to next weekend’s game with Offaly the Loughgiel man wasn’t just sure about how things stood with score difference but added “Regardless of how things went for Offaly today we will go down to Tullamore next weekend and treat them with the respect they deserve, just has we have done with every team we have played this season. We will be going all out to get a result once again. Every game you play you go out to get a win, and that is how it will be next weekend. We have a squad here now of thirty-three who are pushing really hard every night to get the best out of each other. They will be going all out to get a result.”
Sunday saw the return from injury of Conor Johnston and Conal Cunning and though they were only on the field for a short while Campbell felt they got to the pace of the game right away. “These boys have been out for a long time now, but they have been working really hard behind the scenes with the physios to get back to fitness. ‘Coby’ got a good point and Conor got himself in good positions a couple of times. Maybe if some of the lads had got their heads up an spotted him inside in space there were scores for the taking, but it is great to see them back”
When pushed once again about next weekend he felt it would be another 50/50 game but Antrim would be going all out to get the win.