Sunday 22 October 2017

Aodhan Gallagher quits Antrim ahead of qualifier against Tipperary

Fiontain O'Curraoin, Galway, in action against Aodhan Gallagher, Antrim. Photo: Sportsfile
Fiontain O'Curraoin, Galway, in action against Aodhan Gallagher, Antrim. Photo: Sportsfile

ANTRIM captain Aodhan Gallagher has stepped down from the squad ahead of Saturday's All-Ireland SFC third round qualifier against Tipperary in Thurles.

Gallagher, a teacher at Methodist College, Belfast has been an ever-present in the Saffrons' line-up for several years and has won a host of honours with his club St Gall's.

He played a key part in orchestrating the downfall of Galway in Saturday's second-round qualifier and has served the county side both at wing-forward and midfield.

His withdrawal follows the departure of Paddy Cunningham, who has been Antrim's top scorer for the past few seasons.

Antrim liaison officer Tony McCollum has indicated, however, that the door would remain open to Gallagher.

"Aodhan has given superb service to Antrim and we are sorry to lose him, but we respect his decision," said McCollum, "We would hope that he might return, though -- he will always be welcome."

Irish Independent

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