Antrim camogs have so much potential says McKillen

PAUL McKillen says that the Antrim camogs can achieve anything that they want to achieve.

Last weekend the Saffrons won the All-Ireland Intermediate title and have won their place in the senior ranks next year.

McKillen, who takes the team along with Jim McKernan and Elaine Dowds, and he says that the team can improve.

McKillen said: “That team could go as far as they want. A few might have to be added to it. They have to keep building on their strength and conditioning. They have to get a bit quicker to compete with the likes of Cork and Galway. But they are not far off, though they are still not there yet.

“If you look at Down they went up to senior last year, we are a younger team so there is potential.”

Antrim beat Kilkenny by 2-21 to 2-13 in a magnificent display.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better performance at Croke Park, from 1-15 and anyone that we brought on did well.”

The concern for Antrim going into the game was that they might play the occasion and freeze on the big day. But that didn’t happen.

“Thank God it didn’t happen. I had them quite calm before they went out. I told them ‘girls, from my experience, just relax, take it all in, and go out and perform’, and that’s what they did.”

Paul McKillen said that the Kilkenny team went head to head with Antrim. Neither team used a sweeper. Kilkenny had chances but Antrim were fit for them.

“The defence did well, our midfield was outstanding, and we left it up to the forwards and 2-21 at Croke Park is no mean feat.

“Our tackling and defence was A-1 and our supply to forwards worked a treat. We told them that passing the ball over heads is no use to anybody. We told them you either play it in front of a forward or if a forward is running off you play it so they are coming on to it. Everything worked really well. You dream of things coming off in a final and they did.”

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