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Star appeal: Conal Kelly was a key man for Antrim

Star appeal: Conal Kelly was a key man for Antrim

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Star appeal: Conal Kelly was a key man for Antrim

Antrim recorded their second victory of the Allianz national Football League Division Three campaign, when they blitzed Tipperary at Semple Stadium, at either side of the half-time break, and then hung on for the win with the home side pressing them hard.

It was a highly competitive clash and though referee Shane Hourigan dished out 12 yellow cards — 10 of then to Antrim — it was the northerners ability to take their chances which separated the sides in the end.

While the decisive score of the first half looked to have been James Loughery's 24th minute goal after the wing back came up-field and caught Tipp napping, it was the scoring done before the interval which really put distance between the sides.

Antrim kicked four points in three minutes through Michael Magill, Thomas McCann, Loughery and Michael Armstrong to go in with a commanding 1-8 to 0-6 lead.

Antrim’s good form continued after the restart with Paddy Cunningham hitting 0-3 which was followed by one from Michael McCann.

At this stage Antrim were cruising and Tipperary looked very disjointed, but to their credit, Tipp upped their game with four points before Michael McCann snatched one for Antrim to break the sequence.

It was just as well for Antrim’s sake because Barry Grogan went on to point three more from frees to cut the deficit further still.

But, they were to prove too little too late for Tipp as Antrim saw the game out to win.

Antrim: C Kerr, P Gallagher, D O'Hagan, A McAleese, T Scullion, J Crozier, J Loughery (1-0), M McCann (0-1), C Kelly, T McCann (0-5), K Brady, M Armstrong (0-2), B Neeson, M Sweeney (0-1), P Cunningham (0-3). Subs: S Finch for D O'Hagan; M McGill (0-1) for B Neeson; A Healy for M Armstrong; A Gallagher for A Healy.

Tipperary: P Fitzgerald, A Morrissey, P Codd, C McDonald, R Costigan, H Coughlan (0-1),T Ryan, R Kiely, B Jones, E Ryan, C Sweeney, S Ryan, P Acheson, M Quinlivan (0-1), P Austin (0-3), B Grogan (0-8). Subs: D Heffernan for S Ryan; B Mulvihill for S Carey; D Lynch for H Coughlan; L McGrath for D Leahy; G Hanigan for E Ryan.

Referee: S Hourigan (Limerick).

Belfast Telegraph