Antrim U20s no match for Donegal

McGurk Cup Senior Hurling

Donegal 5-16 Antrim Under 20s 1-10

Richie Ryan scored an impressive 2-10 as the Donegal senior hurlers got their Conor McGurk campaign off to a winning start with a 5-16 to 1-10 triumph over Antrim Under 20s at the Antrim Centre of Excellence at Dunsilly on Saturday.

Antirm were holding on fairly well in the early stages and after 13 minutes trailed by just a point but goals from Ballycastle born Sean McVeigh and man of the match Richie Ryan and Gerry Gilmore in a seven minute spell on either side of the water break took the game away from Antrim, and when Ronan McDermot got a fourth just before the short whistle there was no way back for the young Saffrons.

Ryan got his second goal nine minutes into the second half to stretch the lead even further and it was clear there was no way back. However a few changes on either side as the benches got a run out, saw Antrim play a good bit better and in the final quarter they made a bit of a comeback, their best player Enda Óg McGarry finising off a good move with a goal in the 63rd minute. But overall they were no match for the visitors who made a great start to the season and Mickey McCann’s men must travel to Jordanstown next Saturday to face Ulster University in confident mood. 

Meanwhile Antrim’s preparation of the fothcoming season continues when they travel to Abbotstown next Saturday to play Kildare in a challenge game, when they will hope to have a full panel in action.

Antrim: Callum Mullan; Deaglan Mooney, James Bakewell, Conor Boyle; Ruairi McCormick, Enda Óg McGarry (1-3, 2fs, 1 ’65’), Jack McGowan; Dubhaltach Wilson, Enda McCartan; Anthony McGarrigle, Seamus McAuley (0-3, 1f), Seanie McIntosh; Niall McGarel, Aidan Scullion (0-1), Conlith McKinley (0-1). Subs: Daire McMullan (0-1), Finn Henry, Barry Scott, and Owen May for Mooney, Bakewell, McGowan, and McIntosh (Half-time), Ronan McCollum (0-1) and Criostaí McAuley for McGarel and Mullan (40 mins).

Donegal: Luke White; Brian McIntyre, Stephen Gillespie, Padraig Doherty; Jack O’Loughlin, Gavin Browne, Sean McVeigh (1-1); Conor O’Grady, Conor Gartland (0-1); Gerry Gilmore (1-0), Ruairi Campbell (0-1), Ronan McDermott (1-0); Josh McGee Cronolly, Richie Ryan (2-10 6fs, 2 ’65’s), Daire Ó Maoileidigh (0-2). Subs: Mark Callaghan for Browne (17 mins), Bernard Lafferty (0-1) for Ó Maoileidigh (Half-time), Niall Clearly for Campbell (51 mins), Cathal Doherty for Gilmore (67 mins), Dean Harvey for McGee Cronolly (68 mins), Liam McKinney for O’Grady (69 mins), Ciaran Bradley and Kevin Curran for Ryan and P.Doherty (70 mins).

Referee: Barry Winters (Tyrone).


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