Campbell and Herron start for Antrim

James Campbell and Michael Herron have been brought into the Antrim team for their Ulster SHC final clash with Derry on Sunday afternoon.

James Campbell and Michael Herron have been brought into the Antrim team for their Ulster SHC final clash with Derry on Sunday afternoon.

Campbell from Loughgiel Shamrocks replaces the injured PJ O'Connell at right corner back, while Michael Gettens drops to the bench as Lámh Dhearg clubman Herron comes in at right half-back.

The Saffrons' caretaker manager Jim Nelson has largely kept faith with the side that slumped to an eight-goal defeat to Limerick in the All-Ireland qualifiers last weekend.

Their attacking line-up has been rejigged somewhat with Conor Carson moved to centre forward, Paul Shiels positioned on the left wing and Neil McManus and Barry McFall joining Liam Watson in the full-forward line.

Antrim are the reigning Ulster champions and will want to salvage something from the season by retaining the trophy in front of their home fans at Casement Park (throw-in 3.30pm).

Hoping to make it eleven Ulster SHC titles in-a-row, Nelson told the county's website: "The Ulster final on Sunday is both our final match of this season and an opportunity to finish on a positive note by retaining our provincial title.

"We are focused on the importance of this game and it is important for Antrim that we retain our Ulster title. We won’t be giving it up easily to Derry today."

He added: "Last Saturday in Limerick was soul destroying for any Antrim fans and followers should be aware that it felt that way for the players as well. Losing in that manner was not what we set to achieve and it was a low point for Antrim hurling in recent years.

"We have to pick ourselves up and hurl (this weekend) with passion and determination. Those qualities are in the players and I am sure fans will see that on Sunday."

ANTRIM (SHC v Derry): DD Quinn; James Campbell, Neil McGarry, Aaron Graffan; Michael Herron, Neal McAuley, Johnny Campbell; Barney McAuley, Shane McNaughton; Eddie McCloskey, Conor Carson, Paul Shiels; Liam Watson, Neil McManus, Barry McFall.

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