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Stage set for hurling classic

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Stage set for hurling classic thumbnailNeil McManus says he is comfortable with Cushendall being favourites ahead of Sunday’s final.

CUCHULLIANS Dunloy and Ruairi Og Cushendall will lock horns in a final for the first time since 2009 on Sunday afternoon to decide the outcome of this year's Antrim Senior Hurling Championship.
Both camps are talking up their chances of lifting the Volunteer Cup with Dunloy desperate to end a seven year trophy famine and Cushendall keen to atone for last season's disappointment at the hands of bitter rivals Loughgiel.
A one point defeat of the defending champions in a tense semi-final sees the Glensmen installed as favourites in many people's eyes, with Neil McManus agreeing that game was ideal preparation for Sunday.
“We came through a very difficult game and I think that is the perfect way to go into a final," McManus told Chronicle Sport. "We are ready and fully focussed on the job in hand. I would say we are the favourites as we have been in the last three finals but, to be honest, it's all about who handles the occasion best and who puts in the right kind of performance.
“It has been a few years since we played Dunloy in the final and there have been changes to both teams in that time but it isn't something we have thought about too much. We have just been concentrating on ourselves and it's fair to say none of us can wait to get going. We've been preparing diligently and are confident we can deliver the result we need.
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