Wednesday 24 January 2018

O'Boyle leads way

Antrim 0-16
Fermanagh 0-8

A comfortable victory over Fermanagh, under the Casement Park lights, keeps Antrim on course for promotion for the second season running.

Four points from Paddy Cunningham -- three from play -- pushed Antrim into a 0-8 to 0-4 lead approaching the break, before the losers suffered a major blow. A shock straight red card for Ryan Carson on the stroke of half-time, was a bitter pill for the visitors, as the Newtownbutler player was the Erne team's target man.

He had scored all four of Fermanagh's points as they trailed by 0-8 to 0-4 at half-time.

It proved too big a a big setback and Antrim took control. They hit four unanswered points in 15 minutes from the 45th, with even corner-back Kevin O'Boyle getting in on the act, as they cruised home.

SCORERS -- Antrim: P Cunningham 0-7 (0-4f), M Magill, T McCann 0-2 each, G O'Boyle, C Close, J Loughrey, K O'Boyle, C Murray 0-1 each. Fermanagh: R Carson 0-4 (0-4f), T McElroy, M Keenan (0-2f) 0-2 each.

ANTRIM -- S McGreevy; D McCann, A Douglas, K O'Boyle; T Scullion, J Crozier, D O'Hagan; M McCann, B Herron; C Close, T McCann, J Loughrey; P Cunningham, M McGill, G O'Boyle. Subs: C Murray for Douglas (50), K Brady for G O'Boyle (57), M Pollock for Close (64), P Carey for Crozier (69),

FERMANAGH -- S Jackson; N Bogue, N McGovern, S Goan; D Ward, B Mulrone, T McElroy; J Sherry, K Cosgrove; J Connolly, M Keenan, R Jones; C Flaherty, R Carson, D Keenan. Subs: S Lyons for McGovern (43), R Keenan for Keenan (43), P Ward for Connolly (53), C McElroy for Sherry (55),

REF -- C Reynolds (Down).

Irish Independent

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