Sport Hurling

Thursday 22 March 2018

Game at a glance

Man of the match

Cormac Donnelly (Antrim)

David O'Callaghan was Dublin's main man against Clare, but Antrim full-back Donnelly kept the St Mark's forward quiet in a commanding display.

Turning point

With 20 minutes remaining, Dublin were cruising and both managers made changes: Antrim's worked and Dublin's didn't as the Saffrons took control.

Talking point

Will Dublin manager Anthony Daly stay or go? Despite some promising displays, the Dubs have had a Jekyll-and-Hyde season and finished a stage behind last season.

Ref watch

Diarmuid Kirwan had little to do in a clean game that saw Antrim hit hard, but fairly. The official was quietly impressive.

What they said

Dinny Cahill (Antrim manager):

"When you look back over the years of the Troubles, they (the Antrim hurlers) were put down for years. Now the shackles are off and they are able to express themselves on the hurling field and I'm delighted for them."

Anthony Daly (Dublin manager):

"We just seemed to lose our way: we mentally relaxed. Maybe they saw the six-point gap and said, 'ah sure, that's in the bag now.' We never got a goal and that's been our Achilles heel all year."

Match statistics

Wides: Antrim 11 (5); Dublin 10 (4).

Frees: Antrim 10 (6); Dublin 16 (11).

Yellow cards: Antrim 1 (K McGourty 44); Dublin 2 (O Gough 55, J Boland 69).

Red cards: Antrim 0; Dublin 0

Attendance: 25,947

What next?

Antrim go forward to play Cork in the quarter-finals next weekend; Dublin's championship is over.

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