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Saffrons make it a hat-trick

Antrim 2-14 Offaly 1-8

Antrim’s footballers made it three wins from three in Division Three but boss Liam Bradley felt his side should have killed the game off quicker after taking a five-point lead into the break.

Offaly ended the game with 13 men after Shane Sullivan saw red in the 26th minute for abusive language, while sub Anton Sullivan walked for a second booking two minutes from time.

Paddy Cunningham bagged the game’s first goal on 24 minutes to give the Saffrons a 1-6 to 0-6 lead.

Offaly relied heavily on Nigel Dunne for scores and he found the net in the second half, but only after Tomas McCann had set Casement alight with a piece of individual magic just after the restart, jinking through the Offaly defence before finishing superbly.

“At half-time we told them to go for the jugular and they didn’t do it. We should have won that game by a lot more,” said Bradley.

“But on the positive side we had eight different scorers out there and we controlled the game from start to finish.”

Offaly boss Gerry Cooney vented his anger at referee Ciaran Branagan.

“We’re not happy with a number of things that went on. We had five yellow cards and no cards for the opposition,” said Cooney.

“I spoke to the referee afterwards and asked him if he was happy with his performance — he said he was.”

Antrim: C Kerr; P Gallagher, D O'Hagan, M McAleese, T Scullion (0-1), J Crozier, J Loughery (0-3), M McCann (0-1), C Kelly (0-1), T McCann (1-3, 0-3f), K Brady, M Armstrong, B Neeson (0-3), M Sweeney (0-1), P Cunningham (1-1). Subs: M Johnson for M McAleese, M Magill for K Brady, S Finch for T Scullion, R Murray for B Neeson, A Gallagher for P Cunningham

Offaly: A Mulhall; J Gallagher, S Sullivan, K Lynam, B Darby, J Maloney, S Pender, B Connor, N Smith, J Keane, A McNamee, N Dunne (1-5, 0-2f), L Hiney, W Mulhall, K Casey (0-2). Subs: D Hanlon (0-1) for K Lynam, G Guilfoyle for J Keane, A Sullivan for A McNamee, D Kelly for L Hiney, B Hanamy for N Dunne

Referee: C Branagan (Down).

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