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Loughgiel ready for Croker final

Loughgiel's Liam Watson scored 0-16 against Na Piarsaigh

LOUGHGIEL captain Johnny Campbell believes that the Shamrocks can up their performance in next month’s All-Ireland final against Coolderry at Croke Park.

The Ulster champions gave a fantastic team display against Munster champions Na Piarsaigh in last Saturday’s semi-final, capped by a superb individual 0-16 tally from Liam Watson.

But Campbell insists the best is yet to come as they prepare for the St Patrick’s Day clash against the Offaly champions.

“I think we can get better again. Croke Park… there’s big spaces, that will suit our forward line, their work rate and their fitness is second to none,” said half back Campbell.

“The work our half forwards put in against Na Piarsaigh was unbelievable. I’ve never seen that in any team I’ve played in, it made it easier for the backs, they weren’t getting quality ball in to their forwards.”

Campbell has been an Antrim regular since 2002, securing a place in the half back line during Dinny Cahill’s first tenure in that narrow All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Tipperary.

He has enjoyed many outings with his county at Croke Park since then – but most have ended in defeat for the 29-year-old. A win over Dublin in the MacCarthy Cup qualifiers two years ago was an obvious highlight and in just under a month’s time, he’ll lead the Shamrocks out at headquarters for the first time since 17th April 1983.

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