Championship Round Five
Antrim v Limerick
Saturday, Corrigan Park, 4pm
By Shaun Casey
ANTRIM have a chance to leapfrog Limerick this weekend and end the season in third place of their group two table. The two unbeaten table toppers Galway and Kilkenny, who face off on Saturday, are too far ahead to be caught.
Limerick currently sit in third place but defeat to the Saffrons will see Antrim nudge ahead by one point. Elaine Dowds’ team will be encouraged by their displays against Offaly and Down, but they’re heading into this one off the back of a heavy defeat to Galway.
The step up in playing standards between Senior and Intermediate was cruelly felt by Antrim in their most recent outing as they hosted the current league and All-Ireland champions.
Antrim enjoyed a decent start and were right in the game during the opening quarter, but Galway opened up a 11-point half time advantage and they stretched that lead to 16 by the time the final whistle sounded.
Galway and Kilkenny are ahead of everyone, so Antrim won’t be too downhearted by that defeat, especially given how much they pushed Kilkenny in round three, losing by six in the end.
With home advantage on Saturday, it offers Antrim, who are free of relegation fears, a chance to end the season on a high.