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ANTRIM: key stats, key men, key facts ahead of the 2017 Ulster GAA Championship campaign

2017 NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION THREE

RESULTS

L: Tipperary 2-12 Antrim 0-13

L: Offaly 0-23 Antrim 1-7

W: Antrim 0-11 Sligo 1-7

L: Louth 2-10 Antrim 1-11

W: Antrim 1-10 Laois 0-11

L: Armagh 1-12 Antrim 0-13

D: Antrim 1-13 Longford 0-16

FINAL STANDINGS

P W D L F A SD Pts

Tipperary (P) 7 5 0 2 12-96 5-98 19 10

Louth (P) 7 5 0 2 7-88 4-89 8 10

Armagh 7 4 1 2 15-103 9-76 45 9

Sligo 7 3 1 3 8-87 8-89 -2 7

Offaly 7 3 0 4 7-97 18-90 -26 6

Longford 7 2 1 4 4-94 10-82 -6 5

Antrim (R) 7 2 1 4 7-78 6-91 -19 5

Laois (R) 7 2 0 5 10-76 7-104 -19 4

LAST LEAGUE TEAM

Division Three, Corrigan Park, April 2: Antrim 1-13 Longford 0-16

C Kerr; C Hamill, P Gallagher, P Healy (0-1); P McBride, D Lynch (0-2), P McAleer; J Dowling, K Niblock; R McCann (0-1), M Fitzpatrick (0-1), S Donnelly; CJ McGourty (1-7, 1-0 pen, 0-4 frees), B Bradley (0-1), N Delargy. Subs: P Brannigan for C Hamill (19), D Nugent for J Dowling (46), C Small for R McCann (47), E Walsh for S Donnelly (53), J Hannigan for P Brannigan (53), R Murray for N Delargy (65).

Yellow cards: R McCann (20), P Brannigan (37), P Healy (56), C Small (76).

2016 SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

RESULTS

Ulster SFC preliminary round: Fermanagh 1-12 Antrim 0-9

All-Ireland SFC qualifiers round 1B: Antrim 0-9 Limerick 2-6

LAST CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM

All-Ireland SFC qualifiers round 1B, Corrigan Park, June 25: Antrim 0-9 Limerick 2-6

C Kerr; K O’Boyle, R Johnson, P Gallagher; J Laverty, J Crozier, M Sweeney; S McVeigh, M McCann; P McBride (0-2), M Fitzpatrick (0-1), K Niblock (0-2, 0-1 free); R Murray (0-2, 0-1 free), N McKeever, S Burke (0-1). Subs: M Johnston for McVeigh (20), D McAleese for Laverty (31), P McAleer for R Johnston (h-t), C Murray for Gallagher (h-t), T McCann (0-1 free) for McKeever (55).

MANAGER AND KEY MAN

Gearoid Adams/Frank Fitzsimons;

A second season for the joint managerial ticket and they must really be looking at the second chance saloon of the All-Ireland qualifiers for a win or two. Victory in Ballybofey would represent an even bigger shock than it was eight years ago, given Donegal’s improvement since then.

The Saffron bosses blooded a number of younger players in the League and showed up fairly well, apart from away to Offaly, despite their demotion from Division Three.

PADDY MCBRIDE

Around the senior set-up since his minor days – apart from a well-publicised departure to the USA in 2015 - the 24-year-old has established himself as a regular starter but has become much more than that. The St John’s clubman always had the ability to exhibit his pace coming out of the half-back line but he now does so at a consistently high level. His powerful bursts out of defence lift the crowd and team-mates, often breaking up opposition attacks before setting up or taking chances for his own side.

LAST 10 SFC MEETINGS

2014 Ulster SFC semi-final (Clones): Donegal 3-16 Antrim 0-12

2011 Ulster SFC preliminary round: Donegal 1-10 Antrim 0-7

2009 Ulster SFC quarter-final: Donegal 0-12 Antrim 1-10

2004 Ulster SFC quarter-final: Donegal 1-15 Antrim 1-9

1998 Ulster SFC quarter-final: Donegal 1-11 Antrim 0-11

1997 Ulster SFC quarter-final: Donegal 2-12 Antrim 1-13

1994 Ulster SFC quarter-final: Antrim 1-9 Donegal 1-12

1993 Ulster SFC quarter-final: Donegal 0-12 Antrim 0-9

1974 Ulster SFC semi-final: Donegal 5-9 Antrim 1-7

1969 Ulster SFC preliminary round: Antrim 2-10 Donegal 0-14

2017 Ulster SFC quarter-final, May 21, Ballybofey: Donegal v Antrim

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