Antrim set to step up
Roscommon 0-14 Antrim 0-16
Antrim's push for promotion to Division Two of the National League is all but assured following their two point win over a game Roscommon side at Hyde Park yesterday.
The two point gap belies the tale of dominance that the Saffrons had over their western opponents who failed to take advantage of the extra man after Dermot McCann was sent off for a second yellow card.
With Patrick Cunningham in fine form Antrim went into a five point lead by the 12th minute with Michael Magill and Michael McCann also adding points in the opening minutes.
Both sides were at times frustrated by the refereeing of Tomas Quigley who made some unusual calls including the yellow carding of Dermot McCann and David Casey for what looked quite innocent challenges. Both would then pay for another challenge by picking up second yellow cards.
Antrim deservedly led by three points at half time.
Cunningham was having a great game and his accuracy kept the expected Roscommon comeback at bay.
Roscommon’s case was not helped by the sending off of Casey for a second yellow card midway through the second half and while the home side narrowed the gap to just two points in the final minutes, Antrim comfortably held on for the win and the vital league points.
ANTRIM: Finnucane, D McCann, Douglas, O’Boyle, Scullion, Crozier (0-1), O’Hagan, M McCann (0-2), Herron, Close (0-2), T McCann, Loughery (0-1), Cunningham (0-9), Magill (0-1), O’Boyle. Subs: Murray for Magill, Fleming for O’Boyle.
ROSCOMMON: Claffey, McDermott, Killilea, Ormsby, Domican, Cregg, O’Carroll, Finneran, B Higgins, Casey, Connaughton, K Higgins (0-2), Rogers (0-1), Shine (0-9), Heneghan (0-2). Subs: Kenny for Finneran, P Garvey for Connaughton, Dineen for Domican, C Garvey for Higgins
Referee: Tomas Quigley (Dublin)