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Antrim up and running thanks to fine second half showing

Antrim 0-20 London 0-13

A strong second half performance saw Antrim get their National Hurling League 2A campaign off to a winning start against London at a cold and windy Corrigan Park yesterday.

The hosts opened the game brightly with early scores from Ciaran Clarke and the industrious Conor McCann, but London were soon into their stride and levelled with scores from Brian Regan and Adam Murphy, but a Niall McKenna point restored Antrim's lead.

A couple of frees pointed by Stephen Bardon gave the visitors the lead briefly, but the hosts hit back with McKenna and Conor McKinley raising flags and they had a great chance for a goal on 17 minutes when McCann played in Conor Johnston who batted wide when under pressure.

Johnston did make amends towards the end of the first period when he worked well to get space and score which helped Antrim into a 0-9 to 0-5 lead, but London were to have the final say of the half when goalkeeper, Eoin Kelly converted a long free.

Antrim came out much improved and outscored the visitors 0-7 to 0-1 in the third quarter with Ciaran Clarke was on song from frees with Conor McCann and substitute Deaghlan Murphy chipping in.

London were reliant on Bardon frees and another from Kelly, but the hosts pulled away as Paul Shiels, Murphy and Clarke added points.

London continued to chip away and added scores from Paul Uniacke, Bardon and Conor Kerr, but it was not enough.

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