Offaly will look to put last week’s disappointment against Wexford and restart their campaign Antrim.
After blowing a nine point lead inside the final seven minutes last week the Leinster side will be desperate to put a victory in the column this week.
Ollie Baker’s side will face the supposedly easiest opposition they have in the coming weeks but are sure to take every challenge seriously after last week.
After all Antrim didn’t disgrace themselves against Clare and defeated the same Wexford side that made such a dramatic comeback against the Midlander’s last week.
They are by no means out of the promotion race something Jerry Wallace will be stressing to his side.
If they can manage enough scores from play to compliment the metronomic free-taking of Shane McNaughton they will have a chance in this one.
While both sides having clubs in the All Ireland this weekend Antrim seem to have the more affected line up
There are no changes to the Offaly line up from last weeks defeat to Wexford. Boss Ollie Baker is sticking with the line up that got them into such a strong position in that game.
Antrim will be without several of their top performers as they lined out for victorious Loughgiel in the All Ireland Club Championship against Coolderry. Amongst these is Luke Watson who notched 3-7 in Saturday’s final.
Goalkeeper Senan McToal comes in for Chris O Connoll while Darren Hammill and Sean McLaughlin also start.
Offaly Team – James Dempsey, Chris Mc Donald, David Kenny, Stephen Wynne, Derek Morkan, Rory Hanniffy, Diarmuid Horan, James Rigney, Conor Mahon, Joe Bergin, Derek Molloy, Brendan Murphy, Sean Ryan, Colin Egan, Shane Dooley.
Antrim Team – S McToal; A Graffin, C Donnelly, K McGourty; N McAuley, N McManus, S McCrory; K Stewart, M Gettens; S McLaughlin, M Herron, D Hamill; PJ O’Connell, C McFall, S McNaughton.