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Antrim fall short as Dublin roar

By Conor McLoughlin

Antrim were well beaten by Dublin who set up a Walsh Cup semi-final with Wexford after a facile 10-point win at Parnell Park.

The hosts came flying out of the traps with three scores inside the first three minutes. David Treacy scored twice in between a fine Danny Sutcliffe point.

Antrim rallied when Matthew Donnelly opened the Saffrons' account before a Conor McCann score. Ciaran Johnston and Neil McManus reduced the arrears further but Dublin added scores from Treacy, David O'Callaghan, Mark Schutte and Joey Boland.

Antrim's only reply came from a Paul Shiels free. Two more Dublin frees followed before Antrim got a goal through Eddie McCloskey.

Antrim trailed by eight at half time but got two good scores at the beginning of the second half. However, hopes of a fightback appeared to end when Eoghan Campbell was sent off.

Despite this, Ciaran Clarke hit the net for Antrim before further points from McManus and Clarke closed the gap to just four, but Sutcliffe, Schutte and Treacy added finishing touches with Daniel McKernan getting a consolation. Neil McManus was sent off late on.

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