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Pollock's late points seal success for Antrim

Antrim 1-17 UUJ 2-8: Antrim earned their first points of the 2014 McKenna Cup with a deserved victory over University of Ulster, Jordanstown, substitute Michael Pollock starring.

The Saffrons – whose 1-17 was shared between seven scorers – led by 0-10 to 1-3 at the break, with Paddy Cunningham contributing three points from play.

The students struck back with a goal from Caolan O'Boyle, but Mick McCann became the fifth name on the Saffron scoresheet to help his side to a four-point lead.

Paddy Kelly added his second point of the day to complete the first half scoring.

Kelly was then dragged to the ground five minutes after the restart and referee Kieran Trainor had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. The penalty was superbly dispatched by CJ McGourty to give Antrim a 1-10 to 1-5 lead, but midway through the half the students were back on level terms thanks to a 1-2 salvo from O'Boyle in a five-minute spell.

The Derry star punched Richard Donnelly's sideline to the net on 45 minutes and followed up with two points from play to tie the scores at 1-10 to 2-7.

McGourty settled the Antrim ship with his first score from play, and the Saffrons went on to outscore their visitors by 0-7 to 0-1 in the final 15 minutes, including a four-point contribution from Pollock.

Antrim: O Kerr; K O'Boyle, D McCann, J Crozier; T Scullion, M Johnson, M McAleese; M Sweeney, M McCann (0-1); C Murray, P Maguire (0-2), P Kelly (0-2, 0-1 '45'); P Cunningham (0-3), CJ McGourty (1-4, 1-3f), B Neeson (0-1). Subs: N Delargy for M McAleese, S McVeigh for D McCann, M Pollock (0-4) for P Kelly, O Gallagher for M McCann, T McCann for CJ McGourty.

UUJ: M McReynolds; K McKaigue, C McKaigue, D McNally; P McPolin, L Keaney, S Dooney; C Duggan, C Gough (0-1); R Donnelly, P Hughes, P Casey (0-1); D Savage (0-2, 1f), C O'Boyle (2-3, 1f), N O'Neill (0-1)

Subs: D McKay for N O'Neill, T Miscilla for S Dooney.

Referee: K Trainor (Down).

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