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Antrim are still wide at getting off the mark

Antrim 1-10 Dublin 3-12

By John Martin

Antrim's hurlers are still looking for their first points in Division 1B of the Allianz League after an eight-point defeat to Dublin at Casement Park yesterday.

Dublin bossed the early exchanges and led by 1-2 to no score after seven minutes with Paul Ryan reacting first to a breaking ball to fire home the game's first goal. The Saffrons then settled, with Neil McManus's accuracy from frees keeping the home side in touch.

The Dubs were back in the ascendancy however when Michael McCarton's harmless-looking 70-yard effort sailed all the way to the Antrim net on 31 minutes to help the visitors to a 2-7 to 0-5 lead at the break.

Antrim began the second half in determined fashion with McManus (three) and Paul Shiels closing the gap to five, 2-8 to 0-9, by the 49th minute. However another mistake in the Antrim rearguard saw David Treacy and David O'Callaghan link up for a simple goal a minute later.

Joey Boland, John McCaffrey, O'Callaghan and Treacy completed 1-4 without reply to seal the points for Dublin, although Stephen Beatty grabbed a late consolation effort for Antrim.

Saffrons' boss Kevin Ryan will be disappointed with the manner of Dublin's goals and also the 13 wides which his side hit over the 70 minutes.

In Division 2A Derry suffered a 2-13 to 0-9 defeat to Westmeath at Mullingar, while in Division 2B, Down lost out to London by 0-21 to 2-8 at Ruislip and now sit bottom of the table.

Also in 2B, Armagh got their first points of the campaign with a 3-15 to 2-11 win over Roscommon at Athleague.

In the all-Ulster clash in Division 3A, Donegal cemented their place at the top of the table with a 0-14 to 0-9 win over Tyrone at Omagh. Fermanagh lost by a single point to Louth, 0-13 to 0-12, while Monaghan lost to Fingal by 2-10 to 1-9.

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