Tuesday 24 January 2017

Sharpshooter Cunningham leaves Antrim top of the pile

Antrim 0-16
Roscommon 0-14

Published 15/03/2010 | 05:00

Paddy Cunningham's nine-point haul was enough to keep Antrim on top of Division 3 after the Saffron men overcame a plucky Roscommon challenge at Dr Hyde Park.

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The visitors exploded from the blocks and were five points to the good after only 11 minutes. However Roscommon, mainly through Donal Shine's excellent free-taking, reeled in the home side and trailed by 0-5 to 0-3 after 22 minutes.

Antrim suffered a major blow when Dermot McCann was dismissed for two yellow cards in the 26th minute. Roscommon couldn't capitalise though and Antrim went 0-9 to 0-6 ahead at the break. Roscommon played with a renewed determination in the first 10 minutes of the new half, but Antrim survived that period and made the Rossies pay with points from Cunningham (0-4), James Loughery and James Close.

Shine kept Roscommon in the hunt but they had left themselves with too much to do.

SCORERS -- Antrim: P Cunningham 0-9 (0-5f), M McCann, K Close 0-2 each, M Magill, J Crozier, J Loughery 0-1 each. Roscommon: D Shine 0-9 (0-9f), K Higgins, G Heneghan 0-2 each, J Rogers 0-1.

ANTRIM -- J Finnucane; D McCann, A Douglas, K O'Boyle; T Scullion, J Crozier, D O'Hagan; M McCann, B Herron; K Close, T McCann, J Loughery; P Cunningham, M Magill, G O'Boyle. Subs: C Murray for Magill (25), C Fleming for Boyle (70).

ROSCOMMON -- G Claffey; S McDermott, M Killelea, S Orsmby; P Domican, C Cregg, M O'Carroll; M Finneran, B Higgins; J Connaughton, D Casey, K Higgins; J Rogers, D Shine, G Heneghan. Subs: P Garvey for Connaughton (51), E Kenny for Finneran (51), C Dineen for Domican (54), C Garvey for B Higgins (65).

REF -- T Quigley (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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