Antrim minors face stiff test in Breffni

Ulster MFC Round 3

Having taken a bad beating from Tyrone in Round 2 last weekend, the Antrim Minor footballers are back this weekend to play Cavan in Round 3 at Breffni Park (Saturday, 3pm). This a big test for the young Saffrons, they must pick themselves up from the Tyrone game and beat Cavan, though having beaten an excellent Monaghan team at Inniskeen in Round 1, this is a game Antrim are clearly capable of winning. It will not be straightforward though and the boys will have to be at their best to beat Cavan who were narrowly beaten by Tyrone in Round 1 and then beat Fermanagh to qualify for Saturday’s game. Monaghan, who have beaten Armagh and Down since their loss to Antrim play against Donegal in the other Round 3 game. The prize for the winners of the two games being an Ulster semi-final versus Tyrone or Derry.

Antrim joint manager, Paul McErlean knows that the boys have to lift themselves and be at their best to stay in the competition. “Our lads have a big job on Saturday but there is no doubt they have the game in them to win. We’re under no illusion though, Cavan are a good team and will be desperate to redeem themselves after losing to Tyrone. We’re in the same boat, so it should be a great game, though we know what we have to do.”

“Our team are a fantastic group of lads who have worked very hard for seven months now and we know they have the ability to perform, something we didn’t do against Tyrone. So, it’s time for all of us to step up on the pitch and on the sideline and come home with a win, we desperately want to play Derry in next week’s semi-final.” Good luck to the lads from all at Saffron Gael.

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