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Fitzsimons hails his slick Saffrons


Hitting the target: Michael Pollock scored for Antrim

Hitting the target: Michael Pollock scored for Antrim

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Hitting the target: Michael Pollock scored for Antrim

After dominating the exchanges from start to finish Antrim had a convincing and deserved win over Leitrim in Carrick-on-Shannon.

C. J. McGourty was in sparkling form for Antrim and besides his excellent free taking he also caused many problems for the Leitrim rearguard.

Antrim manager Frank Fitzsimons said: "We played well today and we have been playing well. We just seemed to get the breaks today and we got the scores as well."

Fitzsimons also paid tribute to the Antrim defence whom he described as 'superb'.

Playing with the breeze the Glensmen got on top in the opening half and built up a comfortable 1-12 to 1-5 interval lead with Michael Pollock firing home a levelling sixth minute goal for them and McGourty slotting over six points.

After Alan McLoughlin put Leitrim ahead with the game's opening score, a fourth minute goal, the home side struggled in the opening half.

Kevin Conlan replied with three converted frees for Leitrim with McLoughlin adding two points.

Leitrim rallied after the restart and reduced the Antrim lead to 0-4 by the 47th minute with sub Ronan Kennedy hitting over four points while Paddy McGowan added a point.

In the meantime Antrim kept their noses well in front when they responded with points from James Laverty and McGourty.

Antrim kept the Leitrim fight back at bay for the last 22 minutes of the action with McGourty converting two frees while Paddy McBride and Owen Gallagher added a point apiece.

Belfast Telegraph