Friday 23 June 2017

Four-goal McManus leads rout

Antrim 6-16 DCU 1-22

Conor McCann of Antrim was on target against DCU. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Conor McCann of Antrim was on target against DCU. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Antrim had nine points to spare over DCU at UUJ yesterday, but had to come from a point down at the break to see off the students.

Four goals from Neil McManus and one each from Conor McCann and Conor Johnston overwhelmed the visitors.

Antrim had looked set to take control when McCann and McManus both raised green flags midway through the first half to take a 2-4 to 0-4 lead.

But a goal from the impressive Paul Kelly and points from Ciaran Dowling, James Mulally, Tony French and Colm Currie helped DCU to a 1-11 to 2-7 half-time lead.

Kelly extended the advantage after the restart, but over the next quarter of an hour Antrim outscored their visitors by 3-4 to 0-2 to secure their second win of the competition.

Johnston's 37th minute goal was probably the pick of the bunch after a clever ball from McCann.

Scorers - Antrim: N McManus 4-2, C McCann, C Johnston 1-2 each, C Clarke (1f), D Murphy 0-2 each, S McCrory, C McKinley, E Campbell, J Dillon, P McGill, P Shiels 0-1 each. DCU: C Currie 1-6 (0-3fs), C Dowling, P Kelly 0-4 each, T French (2fs), C Hearne 0-2 each, B Crowdle, A Murphy, H O'Connor, J Mulally 0-1 each.

Antrim - C O'Connell; S Rooney, K McKeague, O McFadden; S McCrory, T Coyle, C McKinley; E Campbell, D McKernan; N McManus, C McCann, N McKenna; C Clarke, J Dillon, C Johnston. Subs: R Diamond for K McKeague (43), P Shiels for N McKenna (48), D Murphy for C Clarke (50), M Connolly for D McKernan (56), P McGill for J Dillon (56).

DCU - D Renehan; C Doran, D Byrne, M Daly; O Lanigan, B Hanlon, B Crowdle; T French, P Kelly; A Murphy, C Hearne, C Dowling; H O'Connor, C Currie, J Mulally. Subs: D Lynch for M Daly (46), B King for J Mullaly (50), S Hickey for P Kelly (50), O Roberts for A Murphy (53), C Carney for B Hanlon (53), B Hanlon for O Lanigan (67).

Ref - K Brady (Louth)

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