Preview: USHC Final Armagh v Antrim

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Updated: July 2, 2011

A David and Goliath clash awaits us this weekend as Antrim and Armagh meet in the Ulster Senior Hurling Championship Final at Casement Park on Sunday.

The home side will be warm favourites to win this contest and it will be a surprise if they cannot justify long odds on prices.

The Saffron’s played in the Leinster championship earlier in the season and beat Laois in their opening match in the championship. However, they proved to be no match for Wexford in the second round and made their exit from the title race.

Meanwhile, Armagh started their Ulster campaign with an easy victory over Fermanagh before following up with a defeat of Monaghan next time. They then pulled off one of the biggest surprises of the year when they saw off the challenge of Down in the semi final to book their place in this weekend’s decider.

Antrim played their hurling in division two of the league over the winter. They had a mixed campaign but managed to defeat Kerry in Tralee and only went down by a point to Clare in Ennis. Armagh hurled in the Nicky Rackard Cup as well as the third tier of the league where they only managed one victory during the season.

The Orchard County look to have improved as the season progressed and in Conor Corvan they have a young talent who could cause Antrim problems.

While they have certainly found their form in Ulster this year but it would still rank as a major shock were they to overturn Antrim this weekend.

Team news:

Antrim defender Christopher McGuinness is set to miss the final showdown after suffering a knee injury playing for his club Rossa on Wednesday night.

Antrim – C Cunningham; C McGuinness, K McGourty, J McCouaig; K McKeague, M Donnelly, C Herron; Barry McFall, S McCrory; J Scullion, T McCann, E McCloskey; P Doherty, C McFall, K McKeegan.

Armagh – TBC

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