Antrim hurlers in line for Limerick qualifier clash

Antrim's Neil McManus battles with Westmeath's Aonghus Clarke

Antrim's All-Ireland Hurling Championship campaign looks likely to be a short affair following Sunday's qualifier draw.

The Saffrons have avoided the preliminary round but they look likely to face Limerick in the next stage.

Limerick will set up a tie with Antrim if they account for Laois in the preliminary round.

Limerick gave Tipperary a huge fright in this year's Munster SHC and will be strong favourites against Antrim.

The Treaty County led Tipp by seven points with 15 minutes to go in the Munster clash before the 2010 All-Ireland champions produced a late rally to take victory.

Limerick also hammered Antrim 3-22 to 0-17 in this year's Hurling League.

All-Ireland SHC preliminary round draw [23 June]

Wexford v Westmeath

Limerick v Laois

PHASE ONE

Wexford or Westmeath v Carlow

Limerick or Laois v Antrim

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