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McManus leads the Antrim charge with four goals in rout of DCU

Antrim 6-16 DCU 1-22

Antrim rounded off their Walsh Cup campaign with a comprehensive victory over DCU at Jordanstown yesterday, with Neil McManus bagging four goals.

Early in the game it appeared Antrim would have a routine assignment as they tore into the students from the off and moved 0-4 to 0-1 ahead with the impressive Conor McCann showing his class.

DCU did begin to make inroads and scores from Tony France and their best on the day, Colin Currie, trimmed the gap back to one before Antrim hit the opening goal on 14 minutes when McCann collected a loose ball that had popped up into the air and raced through to score.

The students pushed on with Conor Hearne pointing just before the break to give them a 1-11 to 2-7 lead.

Hearne pointed straight after the restart to move DCU two ahead, but Antrim were to regain control straight after when Conor McCann fed Conor Johnston who swivelled and shot into the net to make it 3-7 to 1-12.

Ciaran Clarke and John Dillon added points with Currie keeping DCU in contention, but on 44 minutes Antrim's fourth goal arrived when McManus bulldozed his way through. Minutes later and McManus had his third goal of the day when he forced the ball just over the line.

Number six arrived when McManus finished after being teed up by Dillon.

Paul Shiels was introduced and pointed with his first touch while Deaghlan Murphy tagged on a couple of scores.

Scorers: Antrim: N McManus 4-2; C McCann, C Johnston 1-2 each;C Clarke 0-2 (1 free), D Murphy 0-2; S McCrory, C McKinley, E Campbell, J Dillon, P McGill, P Shiels 0-1 each

DCU: C Currie 1-6 (0-3 frees); C Dowling 0-4; P Kelly, C Hearne 0-3 each; T French 0-2 (both frees); A Murphy, B Crowdle, H O'Connor, J Mullaley 0-1 each

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