Antrim make changes for Dublin clash

Antrim have named their team for Saturday’s Leinster Senior Hurling Championship 1st round tie with Dublin at Pairc Tailteann in Navan.

With a consistent run in the league few of us were expecting many changes in personel, and though there are several switches from the Laois game, the team is along the expected lines, with only one debutant, that of Seaan Elliott at corner forward.

Elliott missed most of the league campaign because of injury but made it back for the last game in the campaign against Laois where he made a big impression, scoring five points from play on his senior debut.

Ryan Elliott once again starts in goal with the full back line of Damon McMullan, Gerard Walsh and Stephen Rooney retaining their places. There is one change in the half back line where Joe Maskey returns to wear the number 7 shirt in place of Aodhan O’Brien, who started against Laois. Eoghan Campbell retains the right-half back berth while Paddy Burke once again pivots the defence.

Keelan Molloy, who was rested for the Laois game, comes back into midfield to partner Michael Bradly, replacing his Dunloy club mate Ryan McGarry.

There are two changes in the half forward line where James McNaughton and Conal Cunning come in to replace Conor Johnston and Eoin O’Neill, while in the full forward line debutant Seaan Elliott is joined by Ciaran Clarke and Neill McManus, with Daniel McCloskey dropping to the bench.  

The full team is

1 – Ryan Elliott                   Dunloy

2 – Damon McMullan         Loughgiel

3 – Gerard Walsh                 Rossa

4 – Stephen Rooney             St Paul’s

5 – Eoghan Campbell           Cushendall

6 – Paddy Burke                   Cushendall

7 – Joe Maskey                     St Enda’s

8 – Keelan Molloy                 Dunloy

9 – Michael Bradley              St John’s

10 – Niall McKenna               Sarsfields

11 – James McNaughton      Loughgiel

12 – Conal Cunning               Dunloy

13 – Seaan Elliott                   Dunloy

14 – Neil McManus                Cushendall

15 – Ciaran Clarke                  Ballycastle   

SUBS – 16: Paul McMullan 17: Phelim Duffin 18:Matthew Donnelly 19: Ryan McGarry 20: Aaron Crawford 21: Ciaran Johnston 22: Conor McCann 23: Conal Bohill 24: Daniel McCloskey 25: Shea Shannon 26: Domnhal Nugent.             

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