Carson and Elliott strike to help Saffrons see off Roscommon
Antrim 2-14 Roscommon 1-12
Antrim booked their place in the semi-final of the Christy Ring Cup with a somewhat unconvincing win over a stubborn Roscommon outfit in Dunloy.
The hosts failed to score for the opening 10 minutes and the Rossies led 0-8 to 0-7 at the break before a goal from substitute Jamie Lawlor on the restart hinted at a shock.
However, the hosts regrouped thanks largely to the exploits of corner-forward Ciaran Clarke, who bagged seven points, three of which were from open play.
However, the Saffrons rallied.
Goals from captain Conor Carson and substitute Nigel Elliott helped Antrim claim a slightly flattering five-point win, while Roscommon missed a series of chances to close the gap late on.
Scorers - Antrim: C Clarke 0-7 (4fs), J Connolly 0-4, C Carson, N Elliott 1-0 each, E McCloskey, N McKenna, J Dillon 0-1 each. Roscommon: C Egan, J Fallon (3fs) 0-4 each, J Lawlor 1-0, C Dolan 0-3, M Kelly 0-1
ANTRIM - C O'Connell; P Burke, T McCloskey, R McCambridge; O McFadden, N McAuley, E Campbell; Ciaran Johnston, E McCloskey; N McKenna, C Carson, J Dillon; J Connolly, S McAfee, C Clarke.
Subs: M Dudley for McAfee (26), N Elliott for C Johnston (28), F Donnelly for T McCloskey (63), B Graham for Burke (65), C Duffin for McKenna (68).
ROSCOMMON: Roscommon: N Fallon; I Delaney, P Kellehan, L Kilcline; A Moore, M Kelly, J Kilkenny; E Flanagan, C Dolan; T Seale, T Fetherston, J Fallon; C Egan, R O'Meara, A Murphy. Subs: J Lawlor for Seale (26), S Curley for A Moore (44), N Connaughton for Fallon (56), G Keenan for Murphy (60), T Doyle for O'Meara (67).
Ref - J Keane (Galway)