Hurling: Antrim forage on despite Cahill loss

In the wake of Dinny Cahill's departure as Antrim hurling manager earlier this week, the Saffrons have a lot to prove in tomorrow's All-Ireland SHC qualifier against Laois.

In the wake of Dinny Cahill's departure as Antrim hurling manager earlier this week, the Saffrons have a lot to prove in tomorrow's All-Ireland SHC qualifier against Laois.

The Northerners, without a win in qualifier Group One, will be directed by a caretaker management team of Malachy Elliott, Joe Edwards and trainer Noel Brick, for the Casement Park clash (throw-in 3.30pm).

With the impending relegation play-offs in mind, the Saffrons' selectors have opted to start Johnny McIntosh, Karl Stewart and Karl McKeegan in the forwards.

Paddy Richmond has been shifted to full-forward, while team captain Jim Connolly slips back from attack to midfield. Ciaran Herron is named at left half-back and Johnny Campbell at centre half-back.

Tipperary-based Cahill stormed out of the squad's training session on Tuesday evening after only 12 players togged out for training.

If Antrim can muster a win tomorrow, they will face the fourth-placed team in Group Two - most likely to be Dublin - in the relegation semi-finals.

ANTRIM (SHC v Laois): D Quinn; M Kettle, K Kelly, A O Caireallain; G Cunningham, J Campbell, C Herron; M Scullion, J Connolly (capt); K McKeegan, C McGuickian, K Stewart; J McIntosh, P Richmond, A Delargy.

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