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A dejected Odhran McFadden reacts to Kerry's winning score.
A dejected Odhran McFadden reacts to Kerry's winning score.
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Antrim hurlers defend manager, accept full blame for relegation

The Saffrons will now turn their attention to the Leinster SHC.
Apr 14th 2015, 2:40 PM 5,221 2

FOLLOWING CRITICISM IN the wake of their relegation from Division 1B of the Allianz National Hurling League at the hands of Kerry at the weekend, the Antrim senior hurling squad have issued a statement defending manager Kevin Ryan.

The Saffrons went into the game as heavy favourites but a late John Egan score ensured they’d be playing in Division 2A next season.

However, while much of the criticism after the game focused on Ryan, the statement makes it clear where the squad feels the responsibility for the loss lies.

It reads:

“We the Antrim senior hurling panel fully support our manager Kevin Ryan. We take full responsibility for our recent performances. Our relegation has hurt no one more than this group of players. We will strive to improve and move forward as proud Antrim hurlers towards championship.”

The Saffrons will now want to move on quickly as they prepare for the opening game of the Leinster SHC Round Robin against Laois on 3 May.

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