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Injury-hit Antrim in push for promotion

Antrim 1-16 Waterford 0-06

By David Mohan

Antrim moved closer to promotion from Division Four of the Allianz National Football League with a 13-point win over Waterford at Corrigan Park.

The win came at a cost however, with the Saffrons losing Ryan Murray, Kevin Niblock and Sean McVeigh to injury, although Murray's exit seemed more of a precaution. Still, it was a good day for Antrim who have now won all five games in this campaign and for the most part, looked in control.

Antrim got off to a great start with scores from Tomás McCann and Dermott McAleese, while McCann was unlucky not to find the net when his shot came back off the post but was worked back to Paddy McBride who pointed.

Waterford were almost in for a goal of their own soon after when a high ball broke favourably to Joey Veale, but a combination of Conor Burke and Ricky Johnson forced the ball out.

Antrim continued to dominate and after an exchange of points, they rammed home their advantage on 14 minutes when Matthew Fitzpatrick exchanged passes with Ryan Murray before thumping the ball to the net.

ANTRIM: C Kerr; R Johnson, C Burke, N Delargy; J Laverty, M Johnson, K O'Boyle; J Carron (0-2), C Murray; D McAleese (0-2), K Niblock, M Fitzpatrick (1-0); P McBride (0-1), T McCann (0-5, 2 frees), R Murray (0-1). Subs: B Neeson (0-4, 2 frees) for R Murray (24), M Sweeney for K Niblock (50), M Armstrong (0-1) for D McAleese (61), S McVeigh for P McBride (64), P Kelly for S McVeigh (70)

WATERFORD: S Enright; T O'Hullachain, M O'Gorman (0-1), J McGrath; M Curry, S Prendergast, R O'Ceallaigh; T Prendergast (0-1), D Breathnach; G Crotty, M O'Halloran (0-1 free), P Hurney; JJ Hutchinson (0-1), J Veale (0-2), P Whyte. Subs: T Ó Gormáin for K Murphy (HT), D Breathnach for JJ Hutchinson (42), L Lawlor for R Ó Ceallaigh (47), P Crowley for S Prendergast (50), S Corcoran for M O'Halloran (55), L Ó Curráin for P Hurney (68)

REFEREE: Paul Falloon (Down)

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