Antrim have appealed directly to GAA President Liam O'Neill to intervene in the dispute over the venue for the All-Ireland Under-21 hurling final.

The Saffrons have reacted furiously to the decision to host the game in Thurles with manager Kevin Ryan threatening they will boycott the game.

A decision was taken by the CCCC in 2011 that all Under-21 finals would be played in Semple Stadium.

Antrim PRO Brendan Mulgrew told the Irish Independent: "Liam O'Neill is a good hurling man. We would ask him to show some sympathy for our position.

"It's not fair to ask Antrim supporters to travel to Thurles for a 5 o'clock game on a Saturday evening. This is a huge occasion, but it's being spoiled by asking people to travel so far."

Antrim have written to Croke Park seeking a change of venue, it remains to be seen if there is an intervention from the GAA President.