Sunday 18 February 2018

Barton's boys begin at a canter

Derry 4-16 Antrim 2-12

New Derry manager Damian Barton Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
New Derry manager Damian Barton Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE Newsdesk Newsdesk

The Damian Barton era began at Owenbeg where the new Derry manager saw his side canter to a 10-point win over Antrim.

Two goals from Shane Heavron, and one each from Liam McGoldrick and Ryan Bell, kept Derry well on top throughout. Impact sub Tomas McCann scored a brace for Frank Fitzsimons' side, but a disappointing Antrim side never really threatened.

Derry went in four points up at the break, and their twin towers up front - Emmet McGuckin and Ryan Bell - caused trouble for the Antrim rearguard.

Derry maintained their dominance upon the restart. A second goal from debutant Heavron and Ryan Bell's 41st-minute penalty ended the game as a contest, with just a consolation goal for Antrim from Tomas McCann.

Scorers - Derry: S Heavron 2-1, R Bell 1-4 (3f), L McGoldrick 1-0; E Lynn, D Heavron, J Kielt (1f) 0-2 each; E McGuckin, E Bradley, C Bradley, N Loughlin, C McFaul 0-1 each. Antrim: T McCann 2-0, B Neeson 0-5f, M McCann 0-3f, C Fleming 0-2f, C Murray, J Dowling 0-1 each

Derry - E McNicholl; K McKaigue, D McBride, J Morgan; L McGoldrick, C McKaigue, D Heavron; E Bradley, C McAtamney; C McFaul, J Kielt, E Lynn; E McGuckin, R Bell, S Heavron. Subs: O Duffy for J Morgan, N Loughlin for S Heavron (40), C Bradley for J Kielt (46), M Lynch for E McGuckin (46), S McGahon for C McAtamney (54), N Forester for L McGoldrick (65)

Antrim - C Kerr; K O'Boyle, C Burke, J McGreevy; Justin Crozier, J Lavery, M Heinze; J Carron, S McVeigh; C Duffin, C Murray, M Sweeney; B Neeson, M McCann, K Niblock. Subs: T McCann for J Lavery (15), J Dowling for S McVeigh (26), R Hanna for C Kerr (41, BC), C Fleming for M Heinze (63)

REF - N McKenna (Monaghan)

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