Monday 5 December 2016

O'Donnell strikes to inflict pain on Saffrons

London 1-21 Antrim 1-19

Published 21/03/2016 | 02:30

Antrim finished their campaign with their third straight defeat, going down by two points in Ruislip. Photo: Sportsfile
Antrim finished their campaign with their third straight defeat, going down by two points in Ruislip. Photo: Sportsfile

Antrim finished their campaign with their third straight defeat, going down by two points in Ruislip.

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Knowing promotion was already beyond them, the Saffrons still had the chance to leapfrog the Exiles into third place in the final standings.

With London still having a final spot to play for, it made for an entertaining first-half spectacle, with the sides level at 0-7 apiece after 20 minutes. London eventually took control of the game as a fine pair of scores from Kevin O'Loughlin opened up a gap of more than one point for the first time.

It took Shane O'Donnell's goal on 45 minutes to breathe fresh life into the contest, the Fulham Irish forward pulling on a loose sliotar following a goalmouth scramble.

From there the hosts kept the visitors at bay until Niall McKenna wriggled through the London full-back line and netted a splendid Antrim goal. It heaped pressure on Fergus McMahon's men in the closing stages, but they saw out the game.

But it wasn't enough to secure a final spot, as Carlow's win over Westmeath means those two will meet again in the promotion decider.

SCORERS - London: K O'Loughlin 0-8 (3fs, 2 '65s');S O'Donnell 1-2; K Reid 0-4; M Duggan 0-2; E Kelly (f); T Lawrence, B Regan, O Gately, M O'Dwyer 0-1; Antrim: C Johnston 0-6 (3f); E McCloskey 0-4; N McKenna 1-0 ;J Connolly, S Beatty 0-2; C Clarke 0-2 (1f); D Nugent, D Hamill, K McKernan 0-1;

London - E Kelly 8; C Hickey 7, L Gaule 7, C McAlinden 6; T Lawrence 7, B Regan 8, O Gately 8; N McDonnell 7, D Browne 7; M O'Dwyer 7, K Reid 8, B Walsh 6; K O'Loughlin 9, M Duggan 8, S O'Donnell 8. Subs: H Vaughan for Browne (blood sub, 34), D Roberts for Reid (48), G Mahon for Gately (51), M Murphy for McDonnell (58).

Antrim - G McTaggart 7; S McCrory 6, C McGuinness 5, O McFadden 7; F Donnelly 7, D Nugent 7, C McKinley; J McGreevy 6, D Hamill 7; E McCloskey 8, C Johnston 8, B McFall 7; J Connolly 7, S Beatty 7, C Clarke 7. Subs: B Graham 6 for McGuiness (16), K McKernan 7 for Clarke (HT), N McKenna 8 for Beatty (56), S McAfee 7 for Hamill (56), J Black for McFall (62).

REF - E Hassan (Derry).

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