Saffron victory sets up David and Goliath battle for Ulster title

Antrim’s 0-13 to 1-07 victory over Cavan at Clones tonight has set up an Ulster Senior Football Championship Final pairing that few- if any- would have predicted only a matter of weeks ago.
Antrim produced a superb attacking performance and solid defending to see off the Breffni men, though a number of jittery moments ensured that the Saffrons’ clear dominance was not fully reflected on the scoreboard and ensured the game went down to the wire. The victory secures Antrim their first visit to an Ulster decider since 1970, though their opponents, Tyrone, are somewhat more used to the occasion.

Antrim’s woeful Championship record in recent years has concealed real progress within the county which pointed to a steady improvement in Antrim football. The success of St. Galls at club level, the promising performance of a number of Antrim players at Sigerson level and the return of an Antrim school to Macrory Cup competition all point to Antrim football on the rise. Coupled with an impressive unbeaten run to gain promotion from Division 4 in the National League and the arrival of a clearly inspiring Manager in Liam Bradley, and it would appear that the pieces are finally beginning to come together for Championship football in the county.