Monday 18 December 2017

Fitzpatrick seals it for Saffrons

Antrim 1-8 Wexford 0-7

McVeigh: Antrim’s man of the match. Picture credit: Sportsfile
McVeigh: Antrim’s man of the match. Picture credit: Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Antrim preserved their unbeaten record as Matt Fitzpatrick's late goal wrapped up a dogged victory at Corrigan Park, Belfast.

The blustery conditions made attractive football difficult and the elements favoured Wexford in the opening half, but it was the Saffrons who dominated early possession to lead 0-2 to nil after six minutes through James Laverty and Tomas McCann.

Wexford got off the mark with a free from Donal Shanley, and in what was their first meaningful attack - after 13 minutes - Niall Hughes hand-passed over the bar to level matters.

However, Antrim stretched their lead to three by the break, 0-7 to 0-4, when McCann slotted over his fourth of the day.

The second half was a scrappy affair with Antrim extending their lead through Niall McKeever after 41 minutes. However, they would go a further 28 minutes before adding their second and final score of the second half as Wexford dominated possession to pull the game back to within a point by the 56th minute, 0-8 to 0-7, thanks to the superb free-taking of Shanley.

Wexford pushed for the equaliser but Antrim broke two minutes from the end of time, with Niblock setting up Fitzpatrick who finished low past Anthony Masterson to seal the win.

Man of the Match: Sean McVeigh

SCORERS - Antrim: T McCann 0-4 (2fs), M Fitzpatrick 1-0, N McKeever 0-2, K Niblock, J Laverty 0-1 each. Wexford: D Shanley 0-4f, N Hughes, A Flynn, PJ Banville 0-1 each.

Antrim - C Kerr 8; K O'Boyle 7, C Burke 6, J Laverty 7; J Carron 7, J Crozier 6, P McAleer 6; S McVeigh 9, C Murray 6; M Fitzpatrick 7, M McCann 7, D McAleese 6; K Niblock 8, N McKeever 7, T McCann 8. Subs: N Delargy 7 for J Crozier (18), M Sweeney 6 for D McAleese (33), M Johnston 6 for T McCann (51), P McBride for C Murray (67)

Wexford - A Masterson 7; R Tierney 7, N Rossiter 6, R Vallejo 7; B Malone 7, S Donohoe 7, K Butler 7; C Kehoe 7, N Hughes 7; P Curtis 6, A Flynn 7, K O'Grady 6; B Brosnan 7, D Shanley 8, K Rowe 6. Subs: PJ Banville 7 for K Rowe (26), D Waters 7 for P Curtis (ht), T Rossiter 6 for N Hughes (51), J Rossiter 6 for K Butler (57), M O'Regan for K O'Grady (59), J Turbitt for B Brosnan (67)

Ref - J Gilmartin (Sligo)

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