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Neil McManus remains an influential player for Antrim.
Neil McManus remains an influential player for Antrim.

Preview: Weekend's Allianz Hurling League finals

Sunday October 18

Allianz Hurling League Division 2A Final

*Antrim v Kerry, Bord Na Mona O'Connor Park, 1.30pm, GAAGO

Allianz Hurling League Division 2B Final

*Down v Derry, Athletic Grounds, 2pm, GAAGO

Allianz Hurling League Division 3B Final

Sligo v Leitrim, Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence, 1.30pm, GAAGO

Attaining Division One status will aid Antrim or Kerry's development so Sunday's match should be interesting.

Fintan O'Connor has carried out some impressive work with Kerry, repeatedly pointing to the emergence of young players, who have delivered on the Fitzgibbon Cup stage.

That provides a source of hope for the future, but Antrim motored well early on in the year, winning four and drawing one, of their five fixtures.

Antrim, with Darren Gleeson making an impact as manager, want to build on a solid foundation that has been established.

The Division 2B decider at the Athletic Grounds between Derry and Down will be hard fought.

Derry went through the group phase unbeaten, collecting nine points from a possible 10.

Down only suffered only loss, 1-19 to 0-19, against Derry on the opening weekend.

Sligo will be expected to claim the Division 3B title.

A strong run during the group stages yielded four wins on the spin, but Leitrim will be determined to cause an upset in the west.