Waterford put paid to Antrim’s promotion dreams back in 2008

Antrim v Waterford

Antrim 0-08 Waterford 1-08

20th April 2008

As Antrim travel to Dungarven on Sunday for a National football league Div. 4 semi-final against Waterford a look back through the archives reminded me that we have been in this position before.

Antrim entertained Waterford at Casement Park back in 2008 needing only a draw to qualify for the division 4 final and were confident of getting the result we required.

It didn’t quite pan out that way however as the ‘Decie’ arrived in Belfast to upset the apple cart and it was they who advanced to the NFL Div. 4 final.

Maurice O’Gorman’s 51st-minute goal denied Antrim a place in the NFL Division 4 final as Waterford recorded a shock three-point win at Casement Park.

A draw would have been enough to secure promotion for Antrim, but Waterford battled to their fifth league win.

Antrim only led by the minimum at the interval – 0-05 to 0-04 – with Paddy Cunningham kicking four points.

However, O’Gorman’s goal, along with an eye-catching display by Connie Power, left Saffrons manager Jody Gormley dejected at the final whistle.

Sunday’s semi-final takes on even more importance with the news that the final is unlikely to be played this year while it also presents the present Saffron team with the opportunity to avenge that heart breaking defeat back in 2008.

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