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Sunday 15 December 2019

Johnston magic as Antrim rout Meath

Antrim 3-27 Meath 1-15

Both counties were sporting new managers and it was former Tipperary ’keeper Darren Gleeson who was happiest at the final whistle as Antrim made a winning start to their Kehoe Cup campaign at Páirc Tailteann, Navan yesterday. (stock photo)
Both counties were sporting new managers and it was former Tipperary ’keeper Darren Gleeson who was happiest at the final whistle as Antrim made a winning start to their Kehoe Cup campaign at Páirc Tailteann, Navan yesterday. (stock photo)

Both counties were sporting new managers and it was former Tipperary 'keeper Darren Gleeson who was happiest at the final whistle as Antrim made a winning start to their Kehoe Cup campaign at Páirc Tailteann, Navan yesterday.

The two-time SHC All-Ireland winner had a much stronger hand for this opener as Nick Weir's Meath were severely understrength due to a variety of reasons.

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The hosts were well off the pace throughout the opening half and with all six Antrim forwards on target the game was over as a contest at half-time with the Glensmen leading 2-16 0-5. Antrim only led 0-5 to 0-3 at the end of the opening quarter but they went on a scoring spree for the remainder of the half. Alex Delargy struck for their opening goal on 23 minutes to leave it 1-9 to 0-3. Donal Nugent accounted for the second goal when he seemed to catch the Meath defence off guard by blasting a 20-metre free to the net on 31 minutes.

Meath improved throughout the second half and substitute Jack Regan converted a penalty for the hosts shortly after half-time.

However, with Conor Johnston superb in attack the Antrim lead was never threatened at any stage.

They cut through for a third goal when Ryan McCambridge provided the final pass for Michael Bradley to blast to the net on 44 minutes.

Scorers - Antrim: Conor Johnston 0-10 (5f, 1 '65'); M Bradley, D Nugent 1-3 each; C McCann 0-4, A Delargy 1-1; N McKenna 0-3 (2f); C Boyd, R McCambridge, P Burke 0-1 each. Meath: A Healy 0-7 (6f, 1 '65'); J Regan 1-1 (1-0 pen); J Toher 0-4 (2f); J Walsh, P Hanrahan, N Potterton 0-1 each.

Antrim - R Elliott; S Rooney, Ciaran Johnson, C Boyd; G Walsh, P Burke, M Donnelly; E Campbell, N McKenna; M Bradley, R McCambridge, C McCann; Conor Johnson, D Nugent, A Delargy. Subs: C McHugh for Donnelly (47), J O'Connell for McCambridge (47), R McGarry for McKenna, R Molloy for Bradley (both 55), McCambridge for Boyd (66).

Meath - C Ennis; G Murphy, P Lally, S Brennan; S Geraghty, J Toher, K Keoghan; P Hanrahan, P Potterton; J Walsh, S Whitty, A Healy; D Raleigh, D Gilmartin, N Potterton. Subs: P Slevin for Lally (h-t), J Regan for Gilmartin (h-t), S Ennis for Murphy (49), C Kelly for Walsh, N McLarnon for P Potterton (58), Potterton for Hanrahan (66).

Referee - K Dooley (Offaly).

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