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Sheep flock to watch as Ulster sides kick off McKenna Cup campaign

The sheep watch on as Monaghan and Antrim clash in the McKenna Cup on Saturday

SUPPORTERS attending a county GAA match at the weekend were joined by some unexpected guests in the form of a flock of sheep.

The sheep, which numbered around a dozen, were clearly visibly in the terraces opposite the main stand at Clones as Monaghan played host to Antrim in the Dr McKenna Cup on Saturday afternoon.

It is not clear how the sheep entered the terrace, but they were later removed.

The scenes led the Antrim GAA Twitter account to ask: "I wonder have these sheep paid into Clones today?", while the Balls.ie account joked that blanket defence extends to the terrace.

The game, which attracted a healthy crowd at the Co Monaghan venue, was eventually won by the home side by a score of 1-20 to 1-12. It was the two team's first match in this year's competition.

Antrim GAA recently appointed Ciaran McCavanna as its new chairman and speaking in Saturday's Irish News the St Enda's clubman pledged that work will begin on a new Casement Park during his term.

"I would like to see Casement Park commenced. We need a home ground. Casement will be built," he said.

"The rebuilding of Casement will get started under my watch."

Read more: Monaghan end 2018 with a flourish after McKenna Cup win over Antrim

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