McBride points way for Saffrons
Antrim 0-15 Leitrim 0-5
Antrim's footballers began life in Division 4 with a deserved 10-point win over Leitrim at Corrigan Park, Belfast, yesterday.
The Saffrons looked a class above the visitors, who managed just one point in the second-half.
Conor Gaffney opened the scoring for Leitrim, with the impressive Paddy McBride hand-passing over the bar to level.
Sean Burke, Peter Healy and McBride did the damage for Antrim, who also saw Stephen Beatty poke wide from close range.
The game was stopped for over six minutes after an injury to Cillian Canning, who accidentally collided with Antrim's Conor Murray.
When play resumed the Saffrons accounted for the last two points of the half to lead 0-6 to 0-4 at the break.
McBride tapped over a free on the resumption, with Ryan Murray superbly splitting the posts with a fine effort on 43 minutes.
A Keith Beirne free stopped the rot for Leitrim, but McBride, sub CJ McGourty and Ryan Murray all added points as the home side stretched out of sight.
SCORERS - Antrim: P McBride 0-6 (1f), CJ McGourty 0-3 (2f), R Murray 0-2, P Healy, S Burke, C Murray, K Healy 0-1 each. Leitrim: K Beirne 0-4f, C Gaffney 0-1.
Antrim - C Kerr 7; P Healy 7, P Gallagher 7, N Delargy 7; K O'Boyle 7, M Sweeney 9, J Laverty 7; S Burke 6, N McKeever 6; S Beatty 7, C Murray 8, P McBride 9; M Fitzpatrick 7, C Duffin 6, R Murray 7. Subs: CJ McGourty 8 for C Duffin (43), P McAleer 7 for J Laverty (49), M McCarry 7 for S Burke (57), K Healy for R Murray (63), P Brannigan for P Healy (70).
Leitrim - D McKiernan 7; J Mitchell 7, M McWeeney 7, M Murphy 7; N McWeeney 6, S Quinn 7, C Moreton 7; K Keegan 7, D Wrynn 7, D Rooney 6, K Beirne 8, C Gaffney 7; A Flynn 7, J Rooney 6, R O'Rourke 6. Subs: C Canning for A Flynn (13), D McGovern 6 for C Canning (18), E Ward 6 for N McWeeney (35+1), D Carberry 6 for R O'Rourke (44) (black card), D Moran 7 for D Rooney (54), J Heslin for J Rooney (64).
REF - B Tiernan (Dublin)