Five changes for Antrim 21's

Five changes for Antrim 21's

Antrim manager Johnny McIntosh has made five changes to his side from the only which won the Ulster final for Saturday's Bord Gais Energy All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling semi-final against Clare at Semple Stadium.

The Saffrons boss has opted for wholesale changes with a third of the provincial title winning side axed.

Defenders Christopher Murray, Fergus Donnelly and James McShane lose out, as do Stephen Smyth and Conor Laverty in attack.

Smyth scored 1-2 in the Ulster final victory over Derry.

All-Ireland Club title winning Loughgiel Shamrocks provide two of the changes, with brothers Ronan and Daniel McCloskey included in the side.

Ronan is named at right-corner back in place of Murray, while Daniel is at left-corner forward in place of Conor Laverty.

The other change in defence sees Fergus Donnelly replaced by Morgan in the left corner and James McShane replaced by James Black who moves from the Saffrons attack.

Aidan McKeown and Stephen McAfee continue at midfield, with Seamus Dobbin included at centre-half-forward.

There's a new look full-forward line with team captain Conor McCann flanked by Nigel Elliot and Daniel McCloskey.

Antrim (U21 HC v Clare): James O'Mullan; Ronan McCloskey, Ronan Gillan, Conal Morgan; James Black, Matthew Donnelly, James McCoaig; Aidan McKeown, Stephen McAfee; Michael Devlin, Seamus Dobbin, Kevin McKiernan; Nigel Elliot, Conor McCann, Daniel McCloskey.

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