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milltown row:
Thought I would start up this thread as the Antrim football hurling one has turned into the football only one!!!

Anybody any ideas of the team selection for the match this Sunday? Low-key preparation, are they confident for the National league? I see no changes to the senior hurling leagues this year or the championship format. Will Loughgiel finally deliver this year or will the Johnnies make the graded this year.

Heading down to Salthill to watch the first game in Feb will we have the Cushendall boys then?

Cushendall play on the 11th Feb, if they win i'm sure they'll not be available till after paddys day, if they don't i'm sure some will ask for a week of to recharge the batteries.

As for the championship next year it should certainly be interesting, i remember a charge levelled at the Dunloy teams of the 90's was that it couldn't be considered a 'Great' team until it won 3 in a row (which it subsequently did) the Dall have the chance to do that again having completed a hat trick in the early 90's.  Would be a terrific achievement for such a young team.  Hopefully they don't make it.

Any truth in the rumour on the football thread that N Mc Garry has left the shamrocks to play football for Glenravel, he played a bit of underage for dunloy and was a decent player, very good goalkeeper.

Baile an tuaigh:
Talking to a Cushendall lad during the week and he said that his teams preparations are going great. They had a bit of a "hick-up" though as last weekend a trainer was brought in from Cork. It apparently rained the three training sessions he took, and some of the lads now have the flu. Antrim Hurling could badly do with a win and I think Cushendall are capable of pulling this off. But it will take a massive effort. It will also require a full healthy squad. Any word from the Loughrea camp? Their doesn't seem to be much "stir" comming from them.

What's the general feeling in Antrim about Cushendalls chances against Loughrea?

I must say I really fancy them to do it although I have reservations about the consistency and strength in depth of their forwards.

Aidan Delargy really must improve on his accuracy which has let him down in the two games against Dungiven plus Neil McManus isn't really a forward and although he lined out in the forwards in the Ulster replay he done all his best hurling in his own half back line that day.

Monty will need to be fit to pull the strings, whether it'd be wise to start him on Greg Kennedy I'm not so sure. Mr Kennedy can be an abhrasive charachter and Monty doesn't like that sort of attention.

I have been impressed by the Dalls defence. They are sticky wee f**kers especially down the left wing and won't be found wanting. With a fit again Mickey McCambridge I wonder if they might try to shoe horn him into the team?? I'd leave the defence alone but do you leave a player of that ability on the bench or put him up into the forwards along with Neil McManus, I don't know!!

The best of luck to them anyway and I hope they do it even if they are hard to listen to.

milltown row:
 Yes, the Dalls defence is great and if I had a fit Mc Cambridge Iíd have him on, great hurler, McManus needs to be in defence, or midfield. Think the game will be low scoring depending on the weather, there is usually a gale blowing down one end at these games.

Itís who adopts on the day Loughrea will be very hungry and have a lot to prove considering the bad press they got after the County final. Having attended all of Dunloys semi finals I was always impressed by the fact they never panic. Providing they donít let them take a big lead this game could go either way.

I think I will be going to the Gorts game that day (no offence Cushendall) Iím hopping they get to the final.

One thing about these games that I have watched at this stage is the referee will give you nothing and will not think about sending you off, stay within the rules.


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