Donegal boss Jim McGuinness was a very interested spectator at Sunday’s Ulster SFC quarter-final between Antrim and Fermanagh in Brewster Park as the Saffrons eventually set up a provincial last four duel with his side.
And the Tir Chonaill manager was keen to play down the hot favourites tag that his side has now inherited after their previous victory over Derry.
McGuinness said: “They (Antrim) have too many players who have been there and done that and they have too much big-game experience for that to happen.
“We will approach this game the same as every other game and prepare as best we can. If we get through to the Ulster final by one point, we’ll be really delighted.”
Over the 70 minutes of action Antrim conceded a huge 3-13. But the Glenties native knows that Liam Bradley’s charges will fancy a crack at upsetting the odds just like they did in Ballybofey back in 2009.
“Antrim will be happy that they’re through, that’s the bottom line, and we’re happy that we’re through.
“Every game is different. We’ll be looking at this game surely but Antrim will be too in terms of positivity and things they can work on. It will be a case of preparing for it now.”
McGuinness was particularly impressed with the partnership Brian Neeson and Kevin Niblock have forged up front for Antrim.“The first half was as impressive as I’ve seen in a long time in terms of championship football from Antrim,” said McGuinness. “They were hugely impressive with their running game, their scores and their confidence, which was really, really high.
“They managed the game well for long periods and it was only in the last few minutes that it went away from them. There was unbelievable drama at the end but I think Antrim deserved it overall.
“Fermanagh could have stolen it but Antrim had more composure and they looked to have that wee bit more experience out on the pitch. The way they used the ball and everything was better.
“From our point of view they’re going to present a massive challenge and will ask a lot of questions of us.”
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