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Antrim Under 21 Manager Threatens To Boycott Thurles

HurlingWaterford native and Antrim hurling manager Kevin Ryan wants to boycott the Under-21 All-Ireland hurling final scheduled to be held on September 14th next here in Thurles.

The Saffrons pulled off the shock of this summer by beating top favourites Wexford in the semi-final last weekend, but are now being asked to travel more than 300km back to Tipperary to compete against Clare in the same neutral venue.

Manager Ryan has publicly stated that his feeling right now are that he is not going to Thurles, insisting that Croke Park is his preferred venue.

Ryan further stated that Antrim under 21’s only had a one in 50 chance of winning, but that’s gone now, due to the distance his team are expected to travel.

Pointing out that the junior and intermediate cup finals, for camogie, ladies football are held at Croke Park, Ryan now believes that the first Ulster team in an All-Ireland U21 hurling final should also be held at Croke Park or an Ulster venue.

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