Egan pounces to save day for Down
ANTRIM 2-13 DOWN 2-13
Despite the pouring rain at Casement Park yesterday, these sides provided an excellent display, with a thrilling closing 10 minutes, to finish deadlocked.
Antrim led by 1-5 to 0-6 at half-time, with Ryan McCambridge hitting a long-range goal on 25 minutes, but a 1-2 blitz by Caolan Bailie and a point by Sean Mageen inside nine minutes of the restart shot Down 1-9 to 1-6 ahead.
From there Antrim powered back, aided by a second McCambridge goal, to lead 2-12 to 1-12 with time running out before Down midfielder Chris Egan sent a ground-shot to the Antrim net.
Egan's midfield partner Lorcan McMullan and Antrim's Conor Johnson exchanged further points but the sides must do it all again.
Scorers -- Antrim: R McCambridge 2-1, J McGoldrick 0-6 (4f), J McGreevy, N McKenna 0-2 each, C McNaughton, Conor Johnston 0-1 each. Down: C Bailie 1-5 (3f), C Egan 1-0, L McMullan, M Nicholson 0-3 each, S Mageen, E Sands 0-1.
ANTRIM -- P Nugent; D McMullan, R Gillan, R Diamond; M Connolly, J McGoldrick, P Burke; T O'Ciaran, J McGreevy; M Bradley, Ciarán Johnson, N McKenna; Conor Johnson, R McCambridge, G Lennon. Subs: A Orchin for Gillan (h-t), C McNaughton for Bradley (32).
DOWN -- S Savage; C Costello, J McGrath, C Taggart; R Brannigan, G O'Neill, J McManus; L McMullan, C Egan; R Burns, C O'Neill, C Bailie; E Sands, M Nicholson, S O'Callaghan. Subs: S Mageen for Burns (32), B Byers for O'Callaghan (51), C Lynch for O'Neill (53).
REF -- E Hassan (Derry).