"The Antrim stereotype is definitely frustrating"

December 28, 2017

Antrim's Paddy McBride against Monaghan.
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Antrim defender Patrick McBride says experience can stand to them next season as they look to make an immediate return to Division 3 of the National League.

While the Saffrons will be fancied in the majority of their games in the league's bottom tier in 2018, they're currently ranked at 100/1 to win the Ulster championship next summer.

While McBride accepts the odds are somewhat justified, he also says it's frustrating to continuously be cast as underdogs when it comes to the championship.  

"The Antrim stereotype is definitely frustrating especially when you don't get results you think you deserve," the St John's clubman told The Irish News.

"We go into championship games always as underdogs and we deserve to be underdogs because we haven't done anything to deserve the favourites tag.

"But it's still frustrating - we just need to click. I think it will come soon. I think last season there was more belief in that group of players. It was kind of like: 'Do you know what, we're better than what people think.'

"We're hoping that the experience of Division 3 will stand by us this year and hopefully we'll get out of Division 4."



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