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McSharry to make his debut

BENNY McGARRY will make his Antrim hurling debut at left-half forward against Dublin in Casement Park this Sunday (2.0) in Division 1B of the Allianz Hurling League.

The Loughiel Shamrocks man has been rewarded for a strong showing with the club in their ultimately unsuccessful two-game joust with St Thomas of Galway in the AIB All-Ireland club SHC semi-final.

McGarry is one of three players called up the squad this week by manager Kevin Ryan, along with club-mate Mark McFadden and Ballycastle's Stephen McAfee.



McFadden and McAfee are both named on the bench alongside experienced campaigners such as Paul Shiels and Colm McFall.

McGarry's inclusion is the only change to personnel from the Antrim team that was beaten by Limerick on the opening weekend of the league.

Conor Laverty is ruled out because of a shoulder injury so Eddie McCloskey moves to the number nine shirt from wing-forward with McGarry slotting in at left half-forward.

Antrim actually led at half-time in the Gaelic Grounds, working up a 0-13 to 0-8 lead against a team that put a 32-points hammering on them the previous summer but the concession of a second-half goal to David Breen resulted in Limerick pulling to win by 1-19 to 0-19.

Neil McManus was Antrim's top scorer, claiming 0-11 of their final tally, 0-3 of which came from play.

ANTRIM (SH v Dublin): R McGarry; A Graffin, C Carson, B McFall; S McCrory, N McAuley, C McKinley; M Donnelly, E Closkey; S Beattie, K Stewart, B McCarry; N McManus, KB McShane, S McNaughton.