Thursday 27 April 2017

Laois bounce back well but same old story for inconsistent Antrim

Laois' Zane Keenan in action against Gary Greville of Westmeath
Laois' Zane Keenan in action against Gary Greville of Westmeath

Cyril Farrell

Laois went into yesterday's game against Westmeath knowing that they had to win and they delivered a fine performance to set up a meeting with Offaly in Portlaoise.

The bookies will probably make Offaly the favourites but I wouldn't go along with that.

I reckon it will be a 50/50 game but the fact that Laois will have home advantage may well tip the tie in their favour.

Westmeath had been racking up some big scores and after losing to Antrim, Laois knew that they let themselves down. They had to respond and they did just that.

Carlow are making real progress and even though they were only playing for pride, they managed to beat an Antrim team who are still struggling for consistency.

Pat English has done a good job with Carlow.

It will be interesting to see if they can continue to build on the solid foundations that have been laid.

The problem for Antrim is that unlike some of the other counties, they cannot afford to be without any of their players.

They simply do not have a big enough squad which means that they have to pull lads in from the U-21 side.

Antrim need to have every available player pushing each other hard in every training session and if the playing numbers aren't there, that becomes an issue.

They are relegated to the Christy Ring Cup for next year but the sooner they can form any sort of consistency, the better.

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