Thursday 8 December 2016

Clarke adds gloss to Saffrons success

Antrim 3-25 Kildare 3-13

Published 22/02/2016 | 02:30

Kevin McKernan opened the Saffrons’ account and Antrim soon stretched into a 0-4 to no score lead. Photo: Sportsfile
Kevin McKernan opened the Saffrons’ account and Antrim soon stretched into a 0-4 to no score lead. Photo: Sportsfile

Antrim kept up their 100pc League record with a comfortable win at Ballycastle.

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Kevin McKernan opened the Saffrons' account and Antrim soon stretched into a 0-4 to no score lead. But Kildare went 1-3 to 0-5 ahead when Jack Sheridan fired home the first of the game's six goals. Antrim responded with 10 of the next 11 scores, including a goal from Saul McCaughan.

Martin Fitzgerald converted a brace of frees to stop the rot for Kildare, but Antrim went in 1-15 to 1-6 up at the break.

The game began to drift from Kildare as Antrim extended their lead to 12 points, 1-19 to 1-7, after 45 minutes, but Sheridan's second goal handed the Lilywhites a lifeline.

McCaughan's second goal restored the cushion, but Kildare responded again through Gerry Keegan's poked finish on 51 minutes.

However, the matter was put beyond doubt when Ciaran Clarke turned his marker on 55 minutes and fired to the net.

SCORERS - Antrim: C Clarke 1-9 (0-5fs, 0-1 '65'), S McCaughan 2-1, K McKernan 0-5 (1f), N McKenna, Conor Johnston 0-3 each, J McGreevy 0-2, E McCloskey, S McCrory 0-1 each. Kildare: M Fitzgerald 0-7 (6fs), G Keegan 1-3, J Sheridan 2-0, N O Muineachain, R Casey, P Cocoman 0-1 each.

Antrim - G McTaggart 7; O McFadden 7, N McAuley 7, C McKinley 6; S McCrory 7, Ciaran Johnston 7, B McFall 7; K McKernan 8, J McGreevy 7; E McCloskey 7, N McKenna 8, D Nugent 7; Conor Johnston 8, S McCaughan 8, C Clarke 9. Subs: B Graham for O McFadden (60), S Beatty for D Nugent (60), D McCloskey for C McKinley (67), S McAfee for K McKernan (67), J Connolly for S McCaughan (67).

Kildare - P Dermody 8; C Gordon 6, M Grace 6, J Doran 6; R Bergin 7, M Moloney 7, P Divilly 8; P Ryan 7, N O Muineachain 7; P Cocoman 7, M Fitzgerald 8, J Byrne 7; R Casey 7, G Keegan 8, J Sheridan 8. Subs: D Flaherty 7 for P Ryan (ht), S Gainey 6 for J Byrne (52), F O Muineachain for M Grace (58), C Forde for J Doran (58), T Brady for F O Muineachain (60).

Ref- D Hughes (Carlow)

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