Promotion hopes end for Antrim
Antrim 1-6 Roscommon 0-11
Published 18/03/2013 | 04:20
Antrim's promotion ambitions were dealt a fatal blow as they fell to a two point defeat to Roscommon at Casement Park.
A late Anto Healy goal put a gloss on the final score for the Saffrons who were second best throughout. It took Frank Dawson's side a full 27 minutes to register their first score from Conall Kelly by which time Roscommon had posted four, two coming from the impressive Colin Compton and the Westerners led 0-7 to 0-1 at the break.
Roscommon picked up where they left off in the second half with Compton pointing before substitute Tomas McCann pointed a 48 minute free for Antrim.
The hosts staged a mini-revival but Roscommon were always able to keep daylight between the teams.
There were no complaints from the Antrim camp after, with manager Dawson saying: "It just wasn't good enough. They simply worked harder than us."
Antrim: J Finucane, K O'Boyle, A McClean, S Finch, A Healy (1-0), J Crozier, N Delargy, P Doherty, S McVeigh, M Herron, C Kelly (0-2), B Herron (0-1), R Murray, C Murray, M Pollock. Substitutes: T McCann (0-2 frees) for C Murray (32 mins), T Scullion for S Finch (34 minutes), L Carland for S McVeigh (34 mins), C Duffin (0-1) for R Murray (53 mins), P Kelly for M Herron (63 mins).
Roscommon: M Miley, N Collins (0-1), N Carty, S McDermott, D Keenan, N Daly, C Daly (0-1), M Finneran, K Higgins, C Gregg (0-3 frees), D O'Gara (0-1), D Keane, D Smith (0-2, 1 free), C Compton (0-3), C Devaney.
Substitutes: F Gregg for D O'Gara (55 mins), D McDermott for C Gregg (60 mins), S Oates for D Keane (65 mins), C Dineen for C Devaney (69 mins).
Referee: Brendan Rice (Down)