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McGarry cements Down's progress

Down had an easy passage past Antrim in Newry to progress to the semi-finals last night.

An unanswered 1-4 in a 12-minute spell before half-time proved crucial for the winners. Ross McGarry and Donal O'Hare got Down goals either side of half-time, while senior Mourne panellist Conor Gough was sent off for two yellows 11 minutes from time.

Antrim were in front early on after a goal in the 16th minute from Hugh McNulty put them 1-2 to 0-3 ahead.

Down responded well, hitting 1-4 without reply, O'Hare scoring 0-3 in the first half.

Niall McParland was also impressive. He sent through the pass for McGarry to score the goal in the 26th minute as Down led 1-7 to 1-3 at half-time.

Scorers -- Down: D O'Hare (3f) 1-4, R McGarry (1f) 1-3, D Savage, M Bagnall, N McParland, R O'Hare 0-1 each. Antrim: H McNulty 1-1, D Lynch 0-3, R Murray, M Johnson, P McBride, E Gallagher, C Sheerin 0-1 each.

Down -- S Harrison; M Clarke, S McNamee, D McEntee; K McClorey, G McGovern, D McKibben; N McParland, C Gough; D O'Hanlon, C Clarke, M Bagnall; D Savage, R McGarry, D O'Hare. Subs: K Quinn for O'Hanlon (37), R O'Hare for Clarke (44), J McClean for D O'Hare (53).

Antrim -- K Allsopp; C McIlvenny, R Johnson, M Hynes; S Tierney, M Johnson, P McBride; J Carron, E Gallagher; J Laverty, S Tully, D Lynch; R Murray, H McNulty, C Duffin. Subs: A McKeown for Tully (h-t), D Stranney for McIlvenny (h-t), C Sheerin for Carron (42), B Bradley for Murray (42), C Hamill for Stranney (51).

Ref -- C O'Hagan (Tyrone).

Irish Independent

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