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CJ McGourty: 'Antrim will be looking to make this game into a battle against Dublin'

By Paul Shaughnessy

Former Antrim dual star CJ McGourty feels that Antrim will have it all to do this Saturday against Dublin in the Leinster SHC Quarter-Final. McGourty is now a coach with Ardboe in Tyrone and is now playing hurling with Tyrone under Antrim man Michael McShane.

'It's been a fantastic start to the year for Antrim where they competed on a weekly basis in the league which is the most pleasing aspect of their performances. Dublin will pose a huge challenge and I feel that Dublin are a year or two further down the line and that their experience could prove the difference. Players like Chris Crummey and Danny Sutcliffe will be very hard to stop and Dublin will be able to pick their scores off easier''.

McGourty stated that he feels ''Donal Og Cusack was very fair on his assessment of Antrim's performance against Kerry last December in the Joe McDonagh Cup final''. Since then ''the players have got that taste of success and have put in a huge commitment where their conditioning and skillset has improved drastically''.

''Darren Glesson has used the league campaign very well where the Tipperary man handed out gametime to a huge number of players which should stand to his panel in a condensed championship campaign''.

For the Saffron men to compete in this game ''they will need a good start and their main focus must be to stay in this game in the first half and make this game a huge battle. I expect Neil McManus and Ciaran Clarke to be located at the edge of the square and if Antrim can deliver the ball inside McManus and Clarke can cause the Dublin full back line trouble''.

The biggest thing that impressed the former Antrim dual star is that the Ulster side have been able to stay in games and not throw in the towel.

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