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Offaly have too many answers as sorry Antrim miss out

NFL Division Four: Offaly 1-13 - Antrim 1-7

By David Mohan

Antrim's hopes for promotion were extinguished at a sunny O'Connor Park in Tullamore yesterday as Offaly ran out six-point winners to book a place in the Division Four final and, more importantly, Division Three football for next year.

It was a below par display from the Saffrons who were slow to settle.

They trailed by two points before they surged ahead when Tony Scullion released Conor McGourty who raced in on goal and fired to the net.

This was cancelled out immediately, however, as Allen picked out Nigel Dunne who jinked inside and planted the ball high into the net to give his side a 1-2 to 1-0 lead.

Another two Allen scores made it a four point game but the gap was back to two following frees from Michael Pollock and McGourty, while Nigel Dunne kicked a 45 at the other end after Graham Guilfoyle saw his shot at goal deflected out after a powerful run.

Antrim had a big appeal for a penalty in first half injury-time turned down when Offaly goalkeeper Alan Mulhall made an incredible stop with his feet, but referee Liam Devenney ruled that it was a save and not a foot-block as the hosts went in at the break 1-5 to 1-2 ahead.

Pollock kicked a great point for Antrim after the break, but points from Dunne and Allen increased the Offaly lead to four.

Antrim began to creep back into the game with two McGourty frees and a great effort from Justin Crozier leaving the minimum in it.

However, Offaly always had an answer and William Mulhall split the posts and then added a free and they extended the gap to six before Antrim had Paddy McBride black carded late on and Conor McGourty issued with a second yellow card to compound their frustrating day.

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