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Antrim's super start lifts Fitzsimmons

By John Campbell

Antrim football boss Frank Fitzsimmons had planned on spending a relaxing night on Sunday watching the Superbowl action unfurl on TV.

His enjoyment of one of the biggest events in the global sporting calendar was considerably enhanced by the comfort he derived from the two Division Four Allianz Football League points captured at the expense of Wexford earlier in the day.

That victory, coming on the heels of a win over Carlow the previous week, means Antrim can pursue promotion to Division Three with greater intensity.

And Fitzsimmons will do so boosted by the knowledge that he has more selection options available.

In beating Wexford 1-8 to 0-7, Antrim were able to give game time to players such as Niall Delargy, Mark Sweeney, Michael Johnston and Patrick McBride.

"It's good to be able to bring on boys from the bench who will keep the pressure on other players," says Fitzsimmons.

"The players are committed and there is now a real desire to get into Division Three. I said at the outset of the league that four points from our first two games was a priority and that is one short-term goal fulfilled."

Antrim's win was tarnished somewhat by criticism from Wexford boss David Power. He was incensed at what he felt was some reckless tackling by the home side.

"If Antrim want to play football the way they did in the second-half that's fair enough, but how there was not at least one black card and one red card I'll never know," blasted Power.

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