Antrim face tough challenge at Brewster

Ulster U20 Football Championship quarter-final

Antrim v Fermanagh

Brewster Park 8-00pm

Antrim play Fermanagh tonight in Brewster Park Enniskillen in the Under 20 Ulster championship. Antrim will face an uphill struggle against a Fermanagh team backboned by senior stars and Hogan Cup winners from the Successful St Michael’s Enniskillen team from two years ago.

Senior footballers Josh Largo Ellis, Seán McNally and Conor Love are among the best young footballers in Ulster and they hold Hogan Cup medals along with Joe McDade and Darragh McBrien .

Antrim under 20s have had a difficult season and without a proper under 20 Ulster league they have had difficulties selecting a panel. Some members of their squad have pushed into the senior ranks and Luke Mulholland and Conor Stewart featured against Armagh last Sunday. Pat Shivers is also with the Antrim seniors and he was one of the standout players for the under 20s last year.

The Antrim side will be captained by Eoin Hynds from Glenravel who has been in great form for his club this year. Eoin also plays for Queens University where they expect him to feature for their Sigerson Cup team.

Antrim are coached this year by Fermanagh man Niall Jackman so they will definitely have the inside line on the Fermanagh squad. Niall works with the elite atheletes scheme in Queens University so he also knows many of the young Antrim players who attend the university.

Antrim had a great U20 campaign last year, defeating Derry at the Dub in the quarter-final before losing narrowly to eventual winners, Tyrone in trhe semi-final in Lavey. Only a few of that side survive for this year’s championship and it looks a difficult game to call but if Antrim can get all their big guns firing they can test this Fermanagh side.

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