Costello helps Dublin prevail
A brace of first-half goals from Cormac Costello sent Dublin on their way to victory over Antrim at Crossmaglen yesterday, booking their place in the All-Ireland semi-finals.
Antrim were made pay for the 22nd-minute dismissal of their full-back Matthew Donnelly, having made a positive start.
Daniel McCloskey set the tone for the opening half, with his second-minute goal, with Antrim claiming a 1-3 to 0-1 lead by the 11th minute, with Chris McGuinness, James Black and Ciaran Clarke adding points.
However, the dismissal of full-back Donnelly left Antrim under huge pressure in defence, with Fergal Heavey netting the Metropolitans' third goal within a minute of the restart.
Scorers -- Dublin: C Costello 2-1, F Heavey 1-1, C Moffat (0-2f, 0-1 '65), D Flood (0-3f) 0-3 each, E O Conghaile, N Maguire, N Ryan, J Hetherton (0-1f), B Quinn 0-1 each. Antrim: C Clarke (0-6f) 0-6, D McCloskey 1-1, C McCann 0-2, J Black, C McGuinness 0-1 each
Dublin: E Dillon; C Murphy, E McKenna, S McClelland; C Moffat, D Sutcliffe, B Quinn; B McCarthy, D Kelly; E O Conghaile, G Whelan, F Heavey; C Costello, C Kilkenny, D Flood. Subs: N Maguire for Heavey (43); J Hetherton for Kelly (46); M McCaffrey for Moffat (56); N Ryan for Costello (60)
Antrim: J O'Mullan; C Orchin, M Donnelly, O Quinn; C Morgan, D McPeake, A McGowan; J Black, P McNaughton; R O'Neill, S Jennings, C McGuinness; D McCloskey, C McCann, C Clarke. Subs: F Donnelly for O'Neill (38); E McAlonan for Jennings (50); J McLister for McCloskey (57)
Referee: A Kelly (Galway)