Ulster SFC Monaghan v Antrim preview

Monaghan and 2009 Ulster Finalist’s Antrim clash in Clones on Sunday, in the opening round of the Ulster Championship (throw in, 3.30pm).

Monaghan are slight favourites for the clash given the home venue however they will head into the Ulster opener on the back of a disastrous league campaign that ended with a second successive relegation.

Meath, Derry, Westmeath, Galway and Tyrone all managed to outgun Monaghan and they will now begin next season in Division three alongside Sunday’s opponents.

Antrim meanwhile enjoyed a decent league campaign with wins over Sligo, Tipperary, Offaly and Cavan took them to the brink of a promotion however in the end a third place finish was not enough and they will instead spend another season in division three.

Team news:

Monaghan have been dealt a big blow ahead of the game with the news that Darren Hughes will miss the game due to calcification of his right thigh while Tommy Freeman and Eoin Lennon are also absent.

Antrim meanwhile are without CJ McGourty with the player still not back to full fitness following a leg break earlier in the season.

Monaghan – Mark Keogh, Donal Morgan, Vinnie Corey, Colin Walshe, Karl O’Connell, Dessie Mone, Kieran Duffy, Pete Dooney, Dick Clerkin, Matthew McKenna, Stephen Gollogly, James Turley, Christopher McGuinness, Paul Finlay, Conor McManus.

Antrim – C Kerr, A Healey, R Johnston, K O’Boyle, T Scullion, J Crozier, J Loughery, M McCann, A Gallagher, C Murray, M Sweeney, M McAleese, P Cunningham, M Magill, T McCann.


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