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Saffrons hold off late London rally

Antrim 0-14 London 0-10

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London had started brighter, and buoyed by an improved performance away to Limerick last weekend the hosts went ahead on the five-minute mark. (stock photo)

London had started brighter, and buoyed by an improved performance away to Limerick last weekend the hosts went ahead on the five-minute mark. (stock photo)

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London had started brighter, and buoyed by an improved performance away to Limerick last weekend the hosts went ahead on the five-minute mark. (stock photo)

Antrim survived a second-half comeback to record their second win of the season against London in Ruislip yesterday.

Patrick Cunningham's accuracy from placed balls and the marauding runs of Dermot McAleese were too much for London to contend with.

Kicking with the wind in the second period, London captain Liam Gavaghan dragged the hosts back into the contest with five well-taken scores - during a hot streak where the Exiles hit six points without reply.

But Eoin Flanagan's dismissal towards the end left Michael Maher's men short of numbers when they needed to step on the gas and the Saffrons were able to close the game out.

London had started brighter, and buoyed by an improved performance away to Limerick last weekend the hosts went ahead on the five-minute mark.

Antrim were struggling to contend with the blustery conditions but Cunningham's kicking was precise.

McAleese fired the Saffrons ahead on 12 minutes, and Patrick McBride's booming kick extended the lead to two and gave Antrim a lead they would not relinquish.

Flanagan went into the book for a high challenge on Antrim's Peter Healy and that indiscretion would have match-altering consequences when Flanagan saw red towards the end of the contest.

scorers - Antrim: P Cunningham 0-4 (3f) P McBride (f), D McAleese 0-3 each, C Murray 0-2, C Duffin, R McCann 0-1 each. London: L Gavaghan 0-5 (3f), R Forde 0-2 (f, 1 '45), J Hynes, T Clarke, K O'Connor 0-1 each.

London - N Maher 6; P Butler 6, M Moynihan 7, R Reid 5; R Sloan 6, E Flanagan 5, E Walsh 6; L Gavaghan 8, R Forde 7; L Gallagher 6, F McMahon 5, G Watchorn 6; M Mangan 7, S Hickey 6, J Hynes 7. Subs: K O'Connor 7 for K Reid (35), K Rafferty 6 for G Watchorn (38), T Clarke 6 for F McMahon (38), T Hill 6 for L Gallagher (58), C O'Doherty 6 for S Hickey (57).

Antrim - A Hassan 6; P Gallagher 6, D McAleese 8, M Gardiner 6; D Lynch 6, J McAuley 7, P Healy 7; C Duffin 7, M Jordan 6; E Walsh, P McBride 7, N Delargy 6; P Cunningham 8, R McCann 6, C Murray 7. Subs: C Small 6 for E Walsh (35), O Eastwood 6 for P Cunningham (61), K Quinn 5 for M Jordan (62).

Ref - J Bermingham (Cork).

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