Antrim finish with a flourish to pull clear at top
Antrim 1-11 London 0-11
Published 07/03/2016 | 02:30
Antrim moved two points clear at the top after coming from behind to beat a battling London at Ruislip.
The Saffrons trailed midway through the second half but praised their game to outscore their hosts by 0-5 to 0-1 to clinch a fourth successive victory.
Kevin O'Boyle's third-minute goal had settled Antrim into the contest as they hit 1-3 without reply, but the visitors lost their way in front of goal and London chipped away at their lead.
Adrian Moyles and Lorcan Mulvey led the London fightback as they cut their deficit to 1-5 to 0-7 at the interval, and Mulvey kicked two points to give the Exiles the lead on 44 minutes.
However, the scores dried up for London and the black-cardings of substitutes Cormac Coyne and Adrian Hanlon halted their momentum. James Laverty fisted over to end a 14-minute scoreless streak for Antrim and two points from Conor Murray put them back in front.
O'Boyle and Ryan Murray then sandwiched a Mulvey point to put three points between the teams as the game entered injury time.
"I'm sure Antrim will get promoted," said London boss Ciaran Deely.
Scorers - Antrim: T McCann 0-4 (3fs), K O'Boyle 1-1, J Laverty, C Murray 0-2 each, P McBride, R Murray 0-1 each. London: L Mulvey 0-5 (1f), A Moyles 0-4 (3fs), E Murray, C Og Greene 0-1 each
Antrim - C Kerr 7; C Burke 6, S McVeigh 7, J Laverty 7; R Johnson 6, N Delargy 6, K O'Boyle 7; J Carron 6, N McKeever 7; P McBride 6, C Murray 8, M Fitzpatrick 6; M McCann 6, T McCann 7, K Niblock 6.Subs: M Johnson 6 for Burke (43), R Murray 7 for McBride (45, BC), M Sweeney 6 for Carron (50), D McAleese 6 for McVeigh (58), M Armstrong 6 for M McCann (70)
London - C Campbell 7; P Butler 7, C Dunne 7, D Quinn 6; D McGreevy 7, D Ryan 6, C Dunne 6; J Moran 6, M Gottsche 8; A Moyles 7, C Og Greene 6, L Gavaghan 6; S Hickey 5, E Murray 6, L Mulvey 7. Subs: D Moore 6 for Hickey (h/t), C Coyne 4 for Quinn (43), A Dunne 6 for Coyne (45, BC), A Hanlon 4 for Moran (52), E Mageean 5 for Hanlon (58, BC)
Ref - J Bermingham (Cork)