Wednesday 21 August 2019

Mournemen ease to victory in Clones

Down 1-16  Antrim 0-11

Pat Shivers of Antrim in action against Ruairi McCrickard of Down. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Pat Shivers of Antrim in action against Ruairi McCrickard of Down. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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Down's pace, penetration and finishing proved too much for Armagh in Clones. The Mourne side took a grip on the game in the early stages and they never relented in their commitment and drive.

They led by 0-10 to 0-3 at half-time by which stage Liam Kerr, Ross Carr and Seamus Loughran had already indicated the level of threat that they could pose to the Saffrons.

Ardan McAvoy of Down in action against Ronan Kelly of Antrim. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Ardan McAvoy of Down in action against Ronan Kelly of Antrim. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Kerr landed five points in all (four frees) while Loughran hit four (one free) as did the imperious Carr as Conor Deegan's side reigned supreme in midfield and posed problems for the Antrim defence.

In the early stages of the second-half, Down scored four unanswered points before Aaron Devlin scored the game's only goal. Down face Tyrone next weekend in Omagh. "That will be a much tougher proposition but we like to think that we will be ready," said Deegan.

Scorers - Down: L Kerr 0-5 (4f); R Carr 0-4 (2 '45); S Loughran 0-4 (1f); A Devlin 1-0; D McClements, C Clarke, S Annett 0-1 each. Antrim: T McAteer, D McErlain, E Nagle 0-2 each; J McCaffrey, E McCabe, P Shivers, R Brolly, D McAteer 0-1 each.

Down: J Hazard; P Fegan, R McCrickard, A McAvoy; J McGeough, C Clarke, S Annett; R Carr, L Middleton; C Gorman, D McClements, R McCormack; C McCrickard, L Kerr, S Loughran. Subs: A Devlin for Middleton (5), B Gallen for Annett (37), C O'Rawe for Gorman (49), D Rees for McCormack (49), R McAvoy for Kerr (50), R Martin for Clarke (55).

Dermot McErlaine of Antrim in action against Ruairi McCormack of Down. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Dermot McErlaine of Antrim in action against Ruairi McCormack of Down. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Antrim: M Byrne; M Donnelly, J Lamont, E McAteer; R Convery, E McCabe, J McCaffrey; E McMenamin, D McErlaine; J Lenehan, T McAteer, D Smith; A Loughran, P Shivers, R Kelly. Subs: C O'Neill for A Loughran (25), A Mulholland for Donnelly 9half-time), E Nagle for Smith (31), A McNeilly for Kelly (42), D McAteer for Shivers (42), R Brolly for McCaffrey (53).

Ref - Conor Dourneen (Cavan)

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