HL2A: Antrim go top as promotion rivals draw
12 March 2017
London's Enda Cooney with Allan Devine of Westmeath.
Pic via Daniel Boyce.
Antrim lead Division 2A of Allianz Hurling League by a point heading into the final round of games following their 2-18 to 2-11 victory over Armagh at the Athletic Grounds.
Ciaran Clarke's 22nd minute goal helped the Saffrons to a four-point interval advantage before the hosts stormed back to take the lead 14 minutes into the second half. However, Antrim replied with a string of Deaglan Murphy points and a Conor McCann goal to move onto seven points, one ahead of Carlow, who needed a late Marty Kavanagh '65' to earn a 1-20 to 2-17 draw with promotion rivals Kildare in Newbridge.
The Lilywhites led by 2-7 to 0-11 at half-time and were still three points clear with four minutes to go when Craig Wall's goal levelled it. Kildare regained the lead before Kavanagh earned a share of the spoils for the Barrowsiders, who will be assured of a place in the divisional final if they can account for Armagh in the final round.
Westmeath's promotion hopes look over, despite cruising to a 2-20 to 2-7 win over London in the early throw-in at TEG Cusack Park.
Derek McNicholas and Darragh Egerton netted for the Lake County as an ill-disciplined London finished the game with 12 players and remain bottom of the table alongside Armagh.
Antrim - C O'Connell; S Rooney, J Dillon, C Johnston; T Coyle, M Donnelly, P Burke; C McKinley (0-2), S McCrory; E Campbell (0-1), C McCann (1-2), N McKenna; C Clarke (1-3), N McAuley, C Johnston (0-2). Subs: D Murphy (0-7, 5f) for N McKenna, J McNaughton (0-1) for E Campbell, D McKernan for C Clarke, M Connolly for N McAuley.
Armagh S Doherty; C Clifford, A McGuinness, D Bridges; J Corvan, N Curry, T Nevin; S Renaghan, C Devlin; D McKenna (0-1), E McGuinness, D Carvill (0-5f); C Carvill (2-3), R Gaffney, C Corvan. Subs: D Magee (0-1) for S Renaghan, O Curry for D Bridges, P McKearney for C Devlin, C Gorman (0-1) for D McKenna.
Referee - D Hughes.
Kildare - P Dermody; C Forde, J Doran, N O Muineachain; S Gainey, M Moloney, R Bergin; M Reidy, D Reidy (1-8, 1-0pen, 0-5f); J Mulhall (0-1), P Divilly (1-5), M Purcell; B Byrne, J Sheridan (0-2, 1sl), M Delaney. Subs: C Bonus for S Gainey, R Ryan (0-1) for M Purcell.
Carlow - J Carroll; A Corcoran, P Doyle, G Bennett; S Whelan (0-1), D English (0-2f), R Coady; J Kavanagh (0-1), J Murphy (0-1); J Nolan (0-3, 1f), P Coady (0-5, 3f), E Byrne (0-1); C Nolan, C Wall (1-2), M Kavanagh (0-1'65). Subs: S Murphy for J Nolan, R Kelly for R Coady, K McDonald (0-3f) for P Coady, J Doyle for J Kavanagh.
Referee - C Canning.
Westmeath - P Maloney; S Power, T Doyle, K Duncan; A Craig, P Greville (0-3), T Gallagher; A Clarke (0-1), G Greville; A Devine (0-11, 7f), R Greville (0-1), N Mitchell; D Egerton (1-0), B Murtagh, J Boyle (0-2). Subs: D McNicholas (1-2) for B Murtagh, A Cox for K Duncan, C Shaw for A Craig, J Galvin for D McNicholas, M Heeney for G Greville.
London - E Kelly; M Conroy, O Gately, F Collins; A Griffiths, P Horkan, S Bardon; N Rogers, E Cooney; O Shiel, T Healy (0-1), P Uniacke; A Murphy, R Murphy, K O'Loughlin (2-6). Subs: S Griffey for F Collins, S O'Donnell for P Uniacke, D Roberts for O Shiel, J Kelly for N Rogers, C Kerr for S Griffey.
Referee - J Keane.