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Fitzsimons backs call for ‘B’ Championship

AS the gap between the elite teams and the chasing pack in Gaelic football continues to widen, Antrim senior football manager Frank Fitzsimons feels the option of introducing some form of a tiered system to the Championship must be explored. Antrim exited the Ulster Championship at the hands of Donegal, suffering a 16-point defeat in […]

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Late Ahoghill penalty denies Rossa

Antrim Football League Division One O’Donovan Rossa 0-9 Ahoghill 1-7 A GOAL from a last-minute Noel Crossey penalty saw St Mary’s, Ahoghill snatch the league points from Rossa at a rain-lashed Rossa Park on Sunday. The South West side trailed by three going into the final minutes, but Crossey floated over a free before squeezing […]

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Familiar foes have final berth in their sights

IT’S a familiar pairing at Cushendall this Saturday as Antrim and Down meet in the Christy Ring Cup for the third time in two seasons (5pm). Back in the 1990s and early 2000s, battles between the counties offered a place in Croke Park at MacCarthy level whether that was in the form of an All-Ireland […]

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Young Saffrons hoping to go one better against defending champs

LESS than a year ago, Donegal were put to the pin of their collar by Antrim in Corrigan Park and, on Sunday, the defending Ulster minor champions host the Saffrons in Ballybofey as the begin the defence of their title (2pm). After beating Fermanagh in the Ulster preliminary round, Antrim lost out to Donegal 2-11 […]

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Can’t Beat the big stage

THE big occasion. It’s what every player dreams of from a young age. Running out to the roar of the crowd, parading around the field behind the band. It’s what Irish summers are all about for footballers and hurlers. At the beginning of this year, Antrim’s management team of Gearoid Adams and Frank Fitzsimons decided […]

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Boost for Saffrons ahead of Donegal clash as Fitzpatrick has ban overturned

ANTRIM’S hopes of causing a major shock in Sunday’s Ulster Senior Football Championship quarter-final against Donegal in Ballybofey (4pm) have received a huge boost as Matthew Fitzpatrick had his 48-week ban overturned last night (Wednesday). The ace attacker had been handed the ban on Monday night for allegedly ‘deliberately misleading an investigation’ into an incident […]

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