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Antrim manager Kevin Ryan wants to boycott Under-21 hurling final

Updated: Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 21:19 | Comments

Kevin Ryan: 'I'd suffer the consequence. We have no chance going down there to play Clare'
Kevin Ryan: 'I'd suffer the consequence. We have no chance going down there to play Clare'

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Antrim hurling manager Kevin Ryan wants to boycott the Under-21 All-Ireland hurling final.

The Saffrons pulled off the shock of the summer by beating heavy favourites Wexford in the semi-final last weekend in Thurles but are now being asked to travel more than 300km back to Tipperary.

The Waterford native told RTÉ 2fm's Game On: "My feeling on it now, and just talking to the lads [is that] we’re not going to Thurles. That’s a disgrace.

"Why it’s not in Croke Park is beyond me.

And speaking in the Irish News, he added: "It probably won't happen but I'd leave it there.

"I'm sick over it. We had a meeting [on Monday] and we were going to contact Croke Park about the idea of holding the game at an Ulster venue.

“I know they're trying to promote Thurles but the Clare lads will be over there and our lads won't even be in Belfast.

"We had a one-in-50 chance of winning but that's gone now. It won't be the board's position but I wouldn't go down there.

“I'd suffer the consequence. We have no chance going down there to play Clare."

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