Saturday 19 August 2017

McWilliams on the double as impressive Derry brush past Antrim

Derry 3-17 Antrim 0-10

Ruairi Brolly shows his frustration during Antrim minors' loss to Derry Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Ruairi Brolly shows his frustration during Antrim minors' loss to Derry Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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An impressive Derry made it to their third consecutive Ulster MFC final after a convincing victory over Antrim in Clones yesterday.

Midfielder Oisin McWilliams, with 2-2, top-scored for the winners, while manager Damian McErlain saw 10 of his players scoring points.

Conor McCluskey of Derry celebrates after scoring his side's first goal of the game Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Conor McCluskey of Derry celebrates after scoring his side's first goal of the game Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Favourites Derry hit the St Tiernach's Park turf running with Conor McCluskey firing home a third-minute penalty.

From there, Derry purred along irresistibly and while Ben McCarron caught the eye with three big points, the Steelstown man found ample support from Paddy Quigg, Declan Cassidy, Mark McGrogan and Richie Mullan, who all scored from play.

Oisin McWilliams also nailed two monster kicks from distance as Derry strolled in 1-10 to 0-3 up at the break.

Antrim - hoping to return to an Ulster minor final for the first time since 2006 - struggled to reproduce the same devastating performance that put 0-21 past Donegal in the first round. Indeed, it was not until the 25th minute that Dermot McErlaine's free finally opened the Saffron account.

Tiarnan McAteer (centre) and Eamon Kelly of Antrim in action against Padraig McGrogan of Derry Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Tiarnan McAteer (centre) and Eamon Kelly of Antrim in action against Padraig McGrogan of Derry Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

The introduction of Ruari Brolly - son of Derry All-Ireland SFC winner Joe -brought Antrim's second point soon after before sharpshooter Liam Quinn notched their third and final point of the half.

Hugh McGettigan's side improved after the break, scoring five of the first seven points in the second-half, but, stung into action, the Oakleafers slipped up through the gears.

Sub Fergal Mortimer hit a quick hat-trick of points, but it was back-to-back goals from Oisin McWilliams in the 53rd and 54th minute that finished it completely.

Scorers - Derry: O McWilliams 2-2, B McCarron 0-4, C McCluskey 1-0, F Mortimer 0-3, P Quigg (1f), L McWilliams (1f) 0-2 each, R Mullan, M McGrogan, T McHugh, D Cassidy 0-1 each. Antrim: D McErlaine (3f), R Kelly (1f) 0-3 each, R Brolly, L Quinn (f), S Duffin , M Doherty 0-1 each.

Derry - O Hartin; O McGill, C McCluskey, S McKeever; S McErlain, D Rafferty, C McShane; P McGrogan, O McWilliams; P Quigg, R Mullan, D Cassidy; B McCarron, L McWilliams, M McGrogan. Subs: T McHugh for M McGrogan (35), F Mortimer for Quigg (35), C Brown for Cassidy (50), C Murphy for Mullan (50), M Bradley for McErlain (56), T Walsh for O McWilliams (56).

Antrim - M Byrne; E Nagle, J Toner, A Mulholland; E Kelly, E McCabe, J McCaffrey; E Gibson, J Maybin; D McErlaine, T McAteer, J Gribbin; L Quinn, D McEnhill, R Kelly. Subs: P Henvey for McEnhill (19), J Lenehan for Toner (19), R Brolly for Maybin (32), S Duffin for Gibson (HT), K McCann for Gribbin (53).

Ref - A Marron (Monaghan).

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