Two changes for Down hurlers

Injury doubts Gary Savage, Ciaran Coulter and Eoin Clarke have been rated fit enough to be named in the Down team for Sunday's Ulster SHC semi-final against Antrim (Casement Park, throw-in 3.30pm).

Injury doubts Gary Savage, Ciaran Coulter and Eoin Clarke have been rated fit enough to be named in the Down team for Sunday's Ulster SHC semi-final against Antrim (Casement Park, throw-in 3.30pm).

Savage (hamstring), Coulter (groin) and Clarke (leg) have been included by Mourne boss Sean Farrell for the Belfast tie. Corkman Farrell has made two changes to the side that beat Laois by 2-16 to 0-19 in last month's NHL Division 1 Relegation final.

Ballycran clubman Savage returns at centre back, with Kieran Courtney moving to number seven to facilitate Paddy Hughes' switch from wing back to wing forward. Rory McGrattan of Portaferry is the player to miss out.

McGrattan's club mates Coulter and Andy Savage will man the midfield while Ballygalget sharpshooter Eoin Clarke replaces his cousin Stephen Clarke at left corner forward.

Farrell will hope for another good return from key forwards Paul Braniff and Martin Coulter, who struck 2-11 between them against Laois.

Down met Antrim just a month ago in the Division One Relegation semi-final - the Saffrons, aided by an on form Johnny McIntosh, ran out 1-17 to 0-15 winners.

DOWN (SHC v Antrim) - G Clarke; L Clarke, S Murray, S Roddy; G Clarke, G Savage, K Courtney; A Savage, C Coulter; P Hughes, P Braniff, G Adair; M Coulter, B McGourty, E Clarke.

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