Saffron is a rare and delicate spice

2009 was a year football fans in Antrim will long remember. With the team securing promotion from Division 4 of the NFL, reaching the final of the USFC before losing the Anglo-Celt to Tyrone and putting in a creditable performance against the giants of Kerry in the 4th round of the All-Ireland SFC.

This year has already got off to a flyer with St Galls winning the club championship and memories of a slightly disappointing County performance in the Dr McKeena fast fading as the county team go into their penultimate league match against Louth (tomorrow at 7.30pm in Casement) 2 points ahead of the pack and knowing victory will likely secure a 2nd straight promotion.

With the return of the St Gall’s players to the squad hopes are high and the daunting prospect of a USFC match against Tyrone in May doesn’t seem quite so already decided despite not having won against The O’Neill County since 1993

You should be able to keep up with the action via Club Aontroma on Twitter and then get a breathless roundup from the always good value PRO Lawrence Smith on the County website later and Saffron First is worth a visit.

  • Paddy

    Good to see them doing well. How is Gearoid Adams, one of their ex players, getting on.

  • brendan

    Not sure what your irrelevant question amounts to Paddy, but if you have a genuine interest in the county, welcome aboard. If not, just walk on by.

  • Chris Donnelly

    Great win tonight. McCann and Niblock were sublime in the middle of the park. At 2-09 to 1-0 Antrim were coasting, but typically went off the boil and let the Wee County back into the game.

    McGourty failed to impress when brought on in the second half- perhaps still suffering post- All-Ireland triumph hangover- but the best news was that Niblock’s injury is not as serious as it looked at the time.

    Tomorrow will (hopefully) see promotion secured and then we can look forward to the big clash with the Red Hand in May!

  • brendan

    Tell you what Chris, I hope you end up refereeing the Tyrone match. You have us 2.9 to 1.0 at one stage? The furthest ahead we got was 10 points.

    Agree CJ was disappointing with hsi shooting, tho his passing was effective. Niblock, McCann(s) and Healey starred.

  • Chris Donnelly


    Sorry- got over excited….

  • Mark McGregor

    Excellent performance and well deserved promotion. Getting quite used to this winning lark. One tiny negative was the lack of concentration for the first 20 of the 2nd – a stronger opposition would have taken advantage of the lapses.