Saturday 18 November 2017

Clarke rescues point for Down

Antrim 0-12
Down 0-12
Dr McKenna Cup

Down's Martin Clarke challenges Antrim's Tony Scullion during last night's Dr McKenna Cup clash. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / Sportsfile
Down's Martin Clarke challenges Antrim's Tony Scullion during last night's Dr McKenna Cup clash. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / Sportsfile

Marty Clarke rescued Down with a late equalising point against Antrim after the Mourne men had been six points clear at half-time at Casement Park.

Last year's beaten All-Ireland finalists were 0-9 to 0-3 ahead at the interval, with Clarke and Ambrose Rodgers leading the charge for James McCartan's side.

Both teams were reduced to 14 men early in the second half, with James Colgan and Tomas McCann getting straight red cards.

Paddy Cunningham's points put Antrim in front with seven minutes left, but Clarke's late score salvaged the draw.

Colgan and McCann received their marching orders after being involved in an off-the-ball incident.

Antrim defender Tony Scullion was forced off in the closing stages by injury.

The draw moves Antrim to the top of the Section C with three points; Down are on one point.

Scorers -- Antrim: P Cunningham 0-9 (7f), K Niblock, M Dougan, M Sweeney 0-1 each. Down: M Clarke 0-4 (2f), D Hughes, A Carr 0-2 each, K McKernan, P Fitzpatrick, M Magee, C Laverty 0-1 each.

Antrim -- S O'Neill; C Brady, A McLean, K O'Boyle; T Sciullion, J Crozier, T O'Neill; B Herron, A Gallagher; D O'Neill, J Laverty, M McAleese; P Cunningham, K Niblock, E McNeill. Subs: M Dougan for E McNeill, T McCann for J Laverty, M Sweeney for M McAleese, R Johnston for K Niblock, A Healy for T Scullion

Down -- G Joyce; P McPolin, G McArdle, K Duffin; K Anderson, J Colgan, K McKernan; P Fitzpatrick, M Magee; D Hughes, A Carr, C Maginn; C Laverty, R Murtagh, M Clarke. Subs: J Clarke for R Murtagh, B Coulter for C Laverty, M Doran for K Anderson, D McCartan for K Duffin, D Gordon for C Maginn.

REF -- M Higgins (Fermanagh).

Irish Independent

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