Antrim1-17, London 2-07
By Larry Cooney.
Antrim accounted for London with seven points to spare at a sunny and showery Ballycastle last Sunday afternoon. Before a small local attendance the hosts just about did enough in a game that never produced any real championship fervour or intensity not to mention quality finishing from the winners.
Nevertheless manager Kevin Ryan was still pleased that his team put in another battling performance that enabled the Saffrons to qualify for the quarter-final even if their third consecutive victory in this competition was helped by the harsh dismissal of London defender Noel McDonald soon after the resumption of play in the second half.
However the winners, who have a welcome break this weekend, will need some serious target practice ahead of their clashes with Laois and possibly Galway or Wexford, after hitting seventeen wides last Sunday.
And it looks like Laois, who travel to Ruislip this Saturday, will claim the other quarter-final place after comfortably accounting for Carlow in Portlaoise last Sunday.
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