HERE’S a question for you. How does a man who has given Cork the runaround at Croke Park and scored 3-7 in an All-Ireland club final find himself turning out in front of two men and a dog in hurling’s fourth tier competition?
Nicky Rackard Cup round 2A: Derry v Longford (tomorrow, 3pm, Owenbeg) CALL it the weight of expectation or call it the comfort of coming at things with a strong hand but either way, Derry know what they’ve produced over the last fortnight will not do.
Christy Ring Cup round 2A: Antrim v Down (today, Cushendall, 2pm) ON current form Antrim, riding high with just one defeat all year and two trophies already in the bag, should win comfortably against a Down outfit that is short on resources and struggling to find form.
Sidelines (Ulster u-17 fixtures must be included) TODAY Christy Ring Cup Round 2A Kildare v Wicklow (Newbridge, 3pm) KILDARE stumbled past Mayo last week in a game they were expected to win and manager Joe Quaid will be hoping for much better today.
AFTER the massive high the Antrim hurlers experienced in beating Carlow after extra-time last Saturday, joint manager Terence McNaughton is hoping they don’t crash-land against perennial rivals Down in Saturday’s Christy Ring showdown in Cushendall.
IT was a regular Tuesday evening for Neil McManus – until his house was unexpectedly invaded by a group of friends who doused him in flour and eggs and proceeded to parade him around Cushendall in a trailer.
Christy Ring Cup round one: Down 2-24 Roscommon 1-20 LOW on numbers, low on confidence and confronting more commitment issues than Tiger Woods at a pool party, the mood music around Down hurling wasn’t good coming into Saturday’s Christy Ring Cup clash with Roscommon.
Christy Ring Cup round one: Carlow v Antrim (today, 3pm, Netwatch Cullen Park) AS it was in the beginning, shall it be in the end? There may come a challenge from Kildare but general wisdom has these two back together in Croke Park on June 10.