No changes to Antrim team

The Antrim team for tomorrow's All-Ireland SFC first round qualifier against Westmeath at Casement Park (throw-in 2pm) has been named.

The Antrim team for tomorrow's All-Ireland SFC first round qualifier against Westmeath at Casement Park (throw-in 2pm) has been named.

Sean O'Neill, who made his first Championship start against Donegal last time out, will continue between the posts.

He has commitments with soccer club Crusaders, including a probable Europa League match against Fulham next month, but has been given the all-clear to line out for the Saffrons.

Antrim's other newcomers at this level, full-back Ricky Johnston and forwards Conor Murray and Mark Sweeney, have also retained their starting berths.

Michael McCann, who slotted in at full-forward during the Donegal game, will revert to midfield after impressing there in recent challenge matches. Liam Bradley's men got back on the rails with wins over Derry and Fermanagh and had a final runout against Meath last Saturday.

Corner forward Paddy Cunningham, whose free-taking ability could prove crucial, showed good form in those challenge games, but Sean Burke misses out with a hamstring injury.

With the county's footballers and hurlers teaming up for a double header this weekend, Antrim GAA Chairman Jim Murray said: "Days like Saturday, with both of our senior teams in action at home on the one day are pretty rare. It happened last year when unfortunately Kildare overcame the footballers and our hurlers beat this year's opposition, Carlow. I am confident that both teams can win this weekend.

"Any Antrim fan who is able to come along should be there - this is the time to stand up and support Antrim."

ANTRIM (SFC v Westmeath): Sean O'Neill; Colin Brady, Ricky Johnston, Kevin O'Boyle (capt); Tony Scullion, Justin Crozier, Anto Healy; Michael McCann, Aodhan Gallagher; Conor Murray, Tomas McCann, Mark Sweeney; Paddy Cunningham, Brendan Herron, Kevin Niblock.

Subs: Mark Carey, Kevin Brady, Terry O'Neill, Martin Johnston, Sean Burke, James Laverty, Gerard O'Boyle, James Loughery, Aaron Douglas, Kevin Marron, Dara Edwards, Deaghlan O'Hagan, Tiernan Hughes.

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