Antrim manager Liam Bradley describes Sunday's Ulster SFC defeat by Monaghan as "one that got away".
"For long periods of the game, we were by far the better team," Bradley told BBC Sport.
"When we were 1-8 to 1-5 up we had chances to push on. One more point would probably have won us the game.
"They got one or two handy scores as well - one or two dicey frees.
"Monaghan were more experienced and were more clinical with their chances.
"It's going to be hard [to lift the squad for the qualifiers].
"We had high hopes of getting to an Ulster Final because we knew that we were in the right half of the draw."