Saturday 21 April 2018

McGourty hits spot as Saffrons get new year up and running

Antrim 1-17 UUJ 2-8

Antrim's footballers claimed their first win of 2014 with a six-point victory over University of Ulster, Jordanstown in this Section C clash at Creggan.

The Saffrons led by 0-10 to 1-3 at the break, having held a 0-7 to 0-2 advantage on the 20-minute mark, with Paddy Cunningham contributing three points from play.

The students struck back with a goal from dangerous full-forward Caolan O'Boyle, but Mick McCann became the fifth name on the Saffrons' scoresheet to help his side to a four-point lead.

In a game that produced no black cards, Paddy Kelly was dragged to the ground five minutes after the restart, and referee Kieran Trainor had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

The penalty was superbly dispatched by CJ McGourty to give Antrim a 1-10 to 1-5 lead, but midway through the half the students were back on level terms thanks to a 1-2 salvo from O'Boyle in a devastating five-minute spell.

The Derry star punched Richard Donnelly's sideline kick to the net on 45 minutes and followed up with two points from play to tie the scores at 1-10 to 2-7.

McGourty settled the Antrim nerves with his first score from play, and the Saffrons went on to outscore their visitors by 0-7 to 0-1 in the final 15 minutes, including a four-point contribution from sub Michael Pollock.

Antrim now face Down in their final group game at Pairc Esler on Wednesday night, while UUJ complete their Dr McKenna Cup journey at Kingspan Breffni Park against Cavan.

SCORERS -- Antrim: CJ McGourty 1-4 (1-0 pen, 3fs), M Pollock 0-4, P Cunningham 0-3, P Kelly ('45'), P Maguire 0-2 each, B Neeson, M McCann 0-1 each. UUJ: C O'Boyle 2-3, D Savage 0-2 (1f), N O'Neill, C Gough, P Casey 0-1 each.

Antrim -- O Kerr; K O'Boyle, D McCann, J Crozier; T Scullion, M Johnson, M McAleese; M Sweeney, M McCann; C Murray, P Maguire, P Kelly; P Cunningham, CJ McGourty, B Neeson.

Subs: N Delargy for M McAleese, S McVeigh for D McCann, M Pollock for P Kelly, O Gallagher for M McCann, T McCann for CJ McGourty.

UUJ -- M McReynolds; K McKaigue, C McKaigue, D McNally; P McPolin, L Keaney, S Dooney; C Duggan, C Gough; R Donnelly, P Hughes, P Casey; D Savage, C O'Boyle, N O'Neill. Subs: D McKay for N O'Neill, T Miscilla for S Dooney.

REF -- K Trainor (Down).

Irish Independent

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