No changes for Antrim and Kildare

Both Antrim and Kildare will field unchanged teams for tonight's All-Ireland SFC first round qualifier replay at Casement Park (throw-in 7pm).

Both Antrim and Kildare will field unchanged teams for tonight's All-Ireland SFC first round qualifier replay at Casement Park (throw-in 7pm).

The sides played out an entertaining 0-15 to 0-15 draw in Newbridge seven days ago, and the carrot for the winners of the replay is home advantage against Leitrim in the second round.

Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney was undoubtedly unhappy with the Lilywhites' wides tally in the drawn game - they hit 13 in the first half alone.

"We played some lovely football but we just couldn't finish it when we had the run of them," he said.

"When you're trying overly hard you maybe try to squeeze shots off that on other days you'd make sure of.

"The likes of James (Kavanagh) put in two or three balls that just went beyond Johnny (Doyle) and Roli (Ronan Sweeney) at different times. We need to improve on that for the replay."

McGeeney has tweaked his forward lines slightly, with team Doyle and Eamon Callaghan repositioned in the right and left corners respectively. Padraig O'Neill will start at centre-forward, while Sweeney will operate as the target man at full-forward.

Meanwhile, Antrim boss Liam Bradley has put his confidence in the fifteen players that started the drawn game. Notably, Michael Magill has also earned a recall to the matchday panel.

Full-forward Magill is back in Bradley's plans, after a breach of discipline saw him dropped from the squad in the lead-up to May's Ulster Championship defeat to Tyrone.

CJ McGourty, who came on as a second half substitute last weekend, is absent for the replay. The young attacker has flown to America where he will spend the rest of the summer.

All eyes will be on the top scorers from last Saturday's stalemate, Kildare skipper Doyle (0-7) and Antrim free-taker Paddy Cunningham (0-10), and Bradley is anticipating another closely-fought game.

"Kildare would feel that they are one of the top eight teams in the country and I believe we're one of the top eight teams in the country too," said the Saffrons supremo.

"Whoever wins this game will feel they can push on and probably do more damage in the qualifiers and maybe end up playing at Croke Park later in the summer.

"It's a 50-50 game, and I think it'll be a point either way."

ANTRIM (SFC v Kildare): S McGreevy; A Healy, C Brady, J Crozier; J Loughrey, T Scullion, K O'Boyle; B Herron, A Gallagher; K McGourty, K Niblock, T McCann; P Cunningham, M McCann, K Brady.

KILDARE: S McCormack; P Kelly, H McGrillen, A McLoughlin; M O’Flaherty, E Bolton, B Flanagan; D Flynn, D Earley; J Kavanagh, P O’Neill, H Lynch; J Doyle, R Sweeney, E Callaghan.

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