ANTRIM scored two wins from two in the Joe McDonagh Cup as they cruised to a 15-point victory over Ulster rivals Down in a sunny Ballycran.
It was ultimately a high-scoring affair, but it was practically ended as a fight early in the second period when Antrim went 2-13 to 8-0 at half-time and Ciaran Clarke scored his first goal after just nine seconds and Seaan Elliott after 13 minutes for his first goal while Conal Cunning, top scorer with 10 points, kept the board rolling with frees.
Down’s best of the day Daithi Sands scored three points for the hosts in the first half but their cause was lost early in the second half when John McManus sinned and Clarke took a penalty home after Elliott stumbled on his way to goal .
Sands and Elliott traded goals within 60 seconds and while Chris Egan and Eoghan Sands scored back-to-back goals for Down in the 59th minute, Antrim ended well as Conor Johnston and Domhnall Nugent scored in the closing stages to set a good day for the round Antrim, who is now on pole in the group.
Scorers – Bottom: D Sands 1-4, C Egan 1-2, E Sands 1-0, P Sheehan 0-2 free, P Og McCrickard 0-2, P Doran 0-2, M Conlon 0-1, G Hughes 0-1, M Fisher 0-1, O McManus 0-1 (free). Antrim: C Cunning 0-10 (8 frees), C Clarke 2-1 (1-0 penalty), S Elliott 2-1 (0-1 touchline), C Johnston 1-2, D Nugent 1 :2, C McCann 0-2, J Maskey 0-1, G Walsh 0-1 (free), P Burke 0-1, D McKernan 0-1
BOTTOM—S Keith; M Hughes, J McManus, T Murray; Conlon M, Woods C, Taggart C; P Og McCrickard, L Savage; Fisher M, Sheehan P, Doran J; D Sands, D Mallon, E Sands. Subs: G Hughes for J Doran (40), C Egan for P Sheehan (43), D McCartney for D Mallon (53), P Doran for M Fisher (58), O McManus for P Og McCrickard (60)
ANTRIM—R. Elliott; P Duffin, G Walsh, N O’Connor; Burke P, Campbell E, McGarry R; J Maskey, J McNaughton; S Elliott, D Nugent, C McCann; C List, C Clarke, C Johnston. Substitutes: N McManus for J McNaughton (43), E O’Neill for C McCann (48), M Donnelly for N O’Connor (51), D McKernan for J Maskey (58), C Bohill for S Elliott (69)
Ref – J Keenan (Wicklow)
https://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/hurling/antrim-make-it-two-on-the-bounce-with-hammering-of-down-in-joe-mcdonagh-cup-41583847.html Antrim makes it two on the go with hammering Down in the Joe McDonagh Cup