Friday 23 June 2017

McGourty points the way to sink Sligo

Antrim 0-11 Sligo 1-7

CJ McGourty. SPORTSFILE
CJ McGourty. SPORTSFILE

Antrim picked up their first points of the campaign yesterday at Corrigan Park and condemned Sligo to their first defeat.

In a dogged battle, Antrim came from four points down to seal victory with a superb, long-range free from the boot of man of the match CJ McGourty.

Sligo took a two-point advantage into the break thanks to the game's only goal from Niall Murphy, but Antrim suffocated their attack after the restart, limiting the Saffrons to two points.

A stiff cross-field breeze made conditions difficult, but Sligo settled quicker and led with Mark Breheny and Adrian Marren sharing free-taking duties.

Antrim were all square after 12 minutes, but Sligo were soon back in front when Niall Murphy fired home the goal, taking advantage of a mistake by Antrim full-back Paddy Gallagher.

Kyle Cawley should really have added Sligo's second goal, but chose to take a point after great work by Kevin McDonnell, before two McGourty frees left Sligo 1-5 to 0-6 ahead at half-time.

Within 15 minutes of the restart the sides were level and with five to go it was still deadlock, 1-7 to 0-10. McGourty was then presented with a difficult effort from 45 metres out, but the St Galls clubman made light of the conditions to send the ball over the bar.

Scroers - Antrim: CJ McGourty 0-8, (6f), P McBride, C Murray, R Murray 0-1 each. Sligo: N Murphy 1-1 (1f), A Marren 0-3 (2f), M Breheny 0-2 (1f), K Cawley 0-1.

Antrim: C Kerr 6; C Hamill 8, P Gallagher 6, P McAleer 7; P McBride 8, R McCann 6, P Healy; J Dowling 7, S Beatty 7; C Murray 8, R Murray 8, D Lynch 7; CJ McGourty 9, C Small 7, M Fitzpatrick 7. Subs: S Donnelly 6 for R McCann (29), S McGarry 6 for C Small (64), B Bradley for P McBride (BC) (72)

Sligo: A Devaney 7; R Donovan 7, K McDonnell 8, N Gaughan 7; E McHugh 6, N Ewing 7, B Egan 6; P O'Connor 6, A McIntyre 7; C Davey 6, M Breheny 7, J Kelly 6; K Cawley 6, A Marren 7, N Murphy 7. Subs: C Harrison 6 for C Davey (53), S Gilmartin 7 for P O'Connor (53), S Coen 6 for K Cawley (60)

Ref - N Mooney (Cavan)

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