Antrim show their grit to stay top after London victory
London 0-11 Antrim 1-11
Antrim remain top of Division Four after a hard-fought win over London at the Irish TV Grounds in Ruislip yesterday.
Kevin O'Boyle's fourth-minute goal cancelled out two points from London duo Eoin Murray and Adrian Moyles, and it would prove the difference as the Saffrons ran out 1-11 to 0-11 victors.
Antrim took a one-point lead into the break, Tomas McCann firing three scores as the visitors led 1-5 to 0-7, but the Exiles reclaimed the lead after the turn.
The visitors upped their intensity and James Laverty pulled the sides level on 53 minutes, before a brace of points from Conor Murray put Antrim in control.
O'Boyle added a point to put the Saffrons three clear, but Lorcan Mulvey reduced the deficit. Ryan Murray hit the final score.
London: C Campbell; P Butler, C Dunne, D Quinn; D McGreevy, D Ryan, C Dunne; J Moran, M Gottsche; A Moyles (0-4, 3fs), C Og Greene (0-1), L Gavaghan; S Hickey, E Murray (0-1), L Mulvey (0-5, 1f). Subs: D Molloy on for E Murray (35, blood sub); D Moore on for S Hickey (HT); C Coyne on for D Quinn (45), A Dunne on for C Coyne (46, black card); D Molloy on for A Moyles (50, black card), A Hanlon on for J Moran (52, inj); E Mageean on for A Hanlon (59, black card).
Antrim: C Kerr; K O'Boyle (1-1), C Burke, R Johnson; J Laverty (0-2), Nial Delargy, J Carron; S McVeigh, C Murray (0-2); M Fitzpatrick, T McCann (0-4, 3fs), M McCann; P McBride (0-1), N McKeever, K Niblock. Subs: M Johnson on for C Burke (44); R Murray (0-1) on for P McBride (45, black card); M Sweeney on for J Carron (51); D McAleese on for S McVeigh (58); M Armstrong on for M McCann (70).
Referee: James Bermingham (Cork)