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Red Hands seal Antrim title with a brace of late points

St John's 0-13 Lamh Dhearg 0-15

By David Mohan

Two points in injury-time saw Lamh Dhearg edge out St John's in a gripping Antrim Senior Football Championship final at Glenavy to win their first title since 1992.

The Red Hands were the better side throughout and it came down to scores from Paddy Cunningham and Declan Lynch to spark scenes of wild celebration from those in white and red.

Lamh Dhearg opened brightly, but failed to convert chances into scores as St John's made the most of their opportunities with their standouts on the day, Jack Hannigan and Patrick McBride finding their range.

The Hannahstown side replied with Ciaran Flaherty and Cunningham levelling the game and this was to set something of a trend for the opening period until Lámh Dhearg took the lead for the first time on 24 minutes through Brendan McComb.

A pair of Cunningham frees tied the game at 0-11 moving into the final quarter and they added one point apiece as the game entered the final five minutes when Lámh Dhearg substitute, Ben Rice was black carded just minutes after being introduced.

Conor Murray kicked Lámh Dhearg ahead in the final minute, but St John's went straight up the field and won a free which McBride converted.

Four minutes of added time were announced and in the second of those, Lámh Dhearg had a free just inside the 45. Up-stepped Cunningham, but his effort was off-target. The ball was kept in however and worked back to the former county player who made no mistake drilling the ball between the posts.

The Johnnies tried to engineer a leveller, but Anto Press's effort drifted wide and Lámh Dhearg broke upfield with Declan Lynch fisting the insurance score.

Scorers: Lámh Dhearg: P Cunningham 0-8 (5 frees), P Mervyn 0-1, D Lynch 0-1, B McComb 0-1, C Flaherty 0-1, C Murray 0-1, R Murray 0-1, K Quinn 0-1

St John's: P McBride 0-5 (2 frees), J Hannigan 0-4, M Bradley 0-1, Conor Johnston 0-1, M Fitzpatrick 0-1, R McNulty 0-1 (free).

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