Kilkenny manager Brian Cody looks like he’ll have to plan without players of his involved in the Fitzgibbon Cup for their second-round national league game against Tipperary on Sunday.
The college’s competition continues tonight (Tuesday) with IT Carlow in action in the quarter-finals against UCC.
Kilkenny heads for Semple Stadium on Sunday for the 3.45 pm throw-in against their biggest rivals.
Speaking after Kilkenny’s win over Antrim, Brian Cody when asked about the Fitzgibbon Cup players, says he can’t see them being available.
“I mean we cant overload lads, there’s Fitzgibbon matches, unfortunately, their match has been brought forward to Tuesday night (8 February), which meant that the window would be very very short and you run the risk of injuries so we just think we should (plan without) anyone that’s playing Fitzgibbon on Tuesday night,” said Brian.
The Kilkenny hurlers came away with two points from Nowlan Park after getting past Antrim on a scoreline of 3-9 to 2-15.
Despite the win, the Kilkenny manager was underwhelmed by his team’s performance.
“We were very very average I’d say overall, we were never really comfortable in the game, they got an early goal and we took a long time to get really into it and get back into it, kept going,” said Brian.
“We improved in the second half, definitely improved a good bit, and for the first half of the second half we were good and after that then we kind of, they came back into the game”.
“We won the game and that’s the first and most important thing” he added.