Fit-again Niall McKeever ready to face Fermanagh

Antrim midfielder Niall McKeever has declared his fitness ahead of the All-Ireland SFC qualifier with Fermanagh
Antrim midfielder Niall McKeever has declared his fitness ahead of the All-Ireland SFC qualifier with Fermanagh
All-Ireland Football Qualifiers Round 2A
Cavan v Roscommon: Saturday 4 July, Breffni Park 17:00 BST
Fermanagh v Antrim: Sunday 5 July, Brewster Park 15:00 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Ulster MW and the BBC sport website

Antrim midfielder Niall McKeever claims he is fit to play in Sunday's All-Ireland SFC qualifier with Fermanagh.

The former AFL player has been ruled out for five months with a quad injury.

He is keen to play a part in the Round 2A tie in Enniskillen, and says Antrim will not be complacent despite an impressive first round win over Laois.

"Just because we've had one [win] this year doesn't give us any right whatsoever to go in over-confident," said McKeever.

Cavan will host Roscommon on Saturday in a repeat of last year's qualifier.

Roscommon beat Cavan 0-16 to 0-5 last year, having also defeated Terry Hyland's Breffni blues in the Division Three final in Croke Park in April 2014.

The Breffni county ran Monaghan to within one point in this year's Ulster quarter-final before a facile win over London in the qualifiers.

Killian Clarke and Martin Dunne are fit again for Cavan with fullback Rory Dunne also in contention despite picking up an ankle injury against London in Ruislip.

Fermanagh have a good midfield, led by captain Eoin Donnelly, and McKeever is relishing the opportunity to face them in Brewster Park.

"They are strong in the middle but I back myself against most opposition, and I'll back myself again on Sunday.

"I don't think a lot of boys did themselves justice against Fermanagh.

Antrim player Conor Murray says beating Laois in the Al-Ireland qualifiers has transformed the county's season.

"The Laois game came at a good time for us with a lot boys going out to prove a point. It was a really significant result.

"A lot has been said about Antrim football within the last few years and especially this year so that was a nice game to have, and great for the county as well.

"But they played us off the park in the first game so we know we have a huge game on our hands.

"Our team has been together a long time so they have bonded and been together, so no excuses on Sunday."

Ryan McCluskey is ruled out for Fermanagh after receiving a straight red card in the Ulster semi-final defeat by Monaghan.

When asked if he had any sympathy for the banned player, McKeever replied: "no, I don't feel for him".

"He is a really experienced player, a good player, and he's going to be missing from their camp.

"I did see the incident and a strike is a strike, rules are rules, so somebody has seen that and acted upon it."

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