Hurling Championship Preview: Down hopeful after win over Roscommon

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Antrim v Down, Saturday, 2pm, Cushendall

Antrim and Down lock horns on Saturday in an all Ulster clash in the Christy Ring Cup. Antrim had a good win over Carlow in Dr Cullen Park last weekend where they beat the hosts after extra time 3-20 to 2-22. Neill McManus was outstanding in that game hitting 1-13 for the Saffrons. Down, played Roscommon in another high scoring encounter in Ballycran. However, this is a step up in class. Down were 2-24 to 1-20 winners but the game was a lot closer than the score suggests.

Antrim will look to Neill McManus, Paul Shiels and Ciaran Clarke, while Down will look to Paul Sheehan, Eoghan Sands and Malachy Magee for leadership. Antrim are a massive 1/12 to win this game, while Down are 7/1 outsiders.

Verdict: Antrim by 7

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