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Antrim made it two wins from two in Division 2A as they eased past Mayo by 4-19 to 0-7 in Loughgiel yesterday. (stock photo)

Antrim made it two wins from two in Division 2A as they eased past Mayo by 4-19 to 0-7 in Loughgiel yesterday. (stock photo)

Antrim made it two wins from two in Division 2A as they eased past Mayo by 4-19 to 0-7 in Loughgiel yesterday. (stock photo)

Antrim made it two wins from two in Division 2A as they eased past Mayo by 4-19 to 0-7 in Loughgiel yesterday.

In difficult conditions on a heavy pitch, it took the Saffrons a while to find their feet as Mayo made a bright start and led 0-2 to 0-1 with Sean Kenny giving the visitors the go-ahead point six minutes in, but this would be their final score of the half.

As the rain poured midway through the opening period, Antrim gradually took a grip with James McNaughton, Conor McCann, Eoghan Campbell and Neil McManus all registering before they hit their first goal on 22 minutes when Conor McCann found Alex Delargy, who netted.

Points from Niall McKenna (two), Conor Boyd and McManus were to follow as the hosts took a 1-9 to 0-2 lead into the break.

Antrim upped the ante and after Dan McCloskey pointed 20 seconds after the restart, they hit their second goal when McKenna was the provider for Delargy.

After Campbell added a point, Mayo ended a barren 33 minutes as Kenny tapped over a free and he was to get their only score from play in the second period late on with their other points coming from Shane Boland frees.

A third Antrim goal came on 48 minutes when McCloskey rose and flicked in an overhead.

McKenna, Campbell, McManus and Gerard Walsh all fired over points for Antrim and their fourth goal came when McKenna burst through and rifled into the net.

In Division 2B, Derry withstood a strong finish from London to emerge 4-15 to 2-19 winners in Ruislip.

Odhran McKeever hit the first of two Derry goals in the opening period to send them on their way with a 2-9 to 1-6 lead at the break, but both were to finish the opening half with 14 players as Damon McMullan saw red for the hosts followed by Eamonn McGill for the Oak Leafers.

Se McGuigan and Eoghan Cassidy added further goals in the second half for Derry and while London rallied, it was the visitors who made it two from two.

Down bounced back from their opening defeat with a 3-23 to 0-11 win against Roscommon.

Oisin McManus inspired the Mournemen with 1-12 - 1-5 from play - and his goal helped them into a 1-10 to 0-8 half-time lead.

They pushed on in the second period with Eoghan Sands and Chris Egan finishing to the net.

In Division 3A, Armagh made it two wins from two with a 3-25 to 1-10 victory over Monaghan, while Donegal won the other Ulster derby 2-23 to 1-15 in Tyrone.

In Division 3B, Cavan ran out 0-17 to 0-12 winners against Fermanagh.

Belfast Telegraph