Antrim have been drawn against Dublin in the quarter final of the Leinster SHC which is scheduled for the weekend of the 26th and 27th of June. Considering some of the real heavyweights who are in the competition it is a favourable enough draw, but the Dubs are a formidable outfit who will be looking to make a big impact this season.
All quarter-final and semi-final games will be played at neutral venues, with the Leinster final scheduled for July 17 in Croke Park, the same day as the Joe McDonagh Cup final.
Antrim manager Darren Gleeson feels it is an unusual set-up in a lot of ways this year, even without the COVID situation.
“Five of the six teams in the Leinster championship are in the same league group, Galway being the exception, so no matter who we drew this morning it was going to give the teams an opportunity to look at each other first in the league.”
The former Tipperary goalkeeper added “The championship is a long way away yet so our focus remains being ready for the league opener again Clare.”
As for the Leinster draw Dublin have some exciting talent coming through, having been in 5 Leinster finals in six or seven years, and throw in a title at under 21, They also have experienced hands from successful Division 1 League title and winning Leinster senior title teams.”
“It’s no easy challenge for us but we’ve an ambitious group who want to be playing these teams regularly.”
The full draw is