Antrim ladies v Offaly preview


By Kevin Herron PRO


The race for Division three football heats up this week in the TescoHomegrown Division Four National ladies football league. This week two teams will exit the race and two will go forward to contest a place in Division three. 2nd and 3rd placed Limerick and Roscommon will clash for the first place in the decider, before table toppers Offaly take on Brian Coyle's Antrim in the second semi-final at Iniskeen. Each of the four sides will fancy their chances of making the final and securing promotion, with nothing much between each team. Offaly's superb brand of football seen them top the group and they will no doubt be fancied to go on and claim promotion. But Limerick, Roscommon and Antrim will hope to throw a spanner in the works.


Brian Coyle's charges finished fourth and claimed the last semi-final spot, but Antrim were at a disadvantage as games against Carlow and Derry were conceded by the opposition leaving Antrim's scoring difference the worst of the three teams that finished level on 12 points. This inevitably led to the Saffron's drawing the so called 'short-straw' and facing Offaly, but Coyle's side will go into the semi-final with nothing to fear. The last time the sides met at Casement Offaly took the points courtesy of a 5-11-4-09 victory. Though Antrim led at the half time break, and a 22 minute period with scores was their eventual undoing. The Saffron's were missing quite a number of experienced players that day, but with a full squad to choose from this time round there is much hope from within the camp that the roles maybe reversed on Sunday afternoon.


A morale boosting victory over Division three run away leaders Armagh at Woodlands last Sunday was the perfect preparation for the Offaly clash and with a repeat performance Antrim could be on the road from Iniskeen with a place in the Division four final secured.


Throw in on Sunday is at 2 O'Clock at dust down your Maps and charge your Sat Navs and come cheer the ladies to victory.