Sunday 20 May 2018

Elliott hits top form for Saffrons in runaway victory over Meath

Liam Sheedy with Antrim yesterday. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Liam Sheedy with Antrim yesterday. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

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Putting a slow start behind them, Antrim overwhelmed Meath by 5-25 to 2-18 in their Joe McDonagh Cup opener at Páirc Tailteann yesterday afternoon.

Midfielder Nigel Elliott scored 3-2 from play with Conor Johnston posting 2-4. Johnston's second came from a penalty in the last act of the game.

Boosted by early goals from Gavin McGowan and Alan Douglas, Meath moved seven points clear, 2-8 to 0-7, by the 20th minute.

Antrim, however, began to stamp their class on the game and controlled the remainder of the half, to lead by 1-14 to 2-8 at the break.

Elsewhere, Westmeath caused a shock in O'Moore Park, with a 2-21 to 1-21 victory over Laois.

Michael Ryan's side hit three points in the closing stages to win by that margin, as Laois struggled to deal with their intensity throughout the game.

Robbie Greville's early goal had Westmeath on the front foot, and only their own poor shooting stopped them pulling further ahead. Laois rallied before half-time and a Neil Foyle goal got them up and running, and they eventually led 1-13 to 1-10 at the interval.

However, Niall Mitchell's goal moments after the restart proved crucial as it gave Westmeath a timely boost, and they were much the better side after that, wrapping up a deserved win.

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