McGourty earns Antrim first points
Thursday, 2 March 2017
C J MCGOURTY, making his first full start for the Saffrons, almost single handedly kicked his side to their first victory in Division Three of the competition.
In a hard fought encounter, they came good in the second half with the St Gall's player scoring four of their five points.
This was their first home game, having previously slipped up away to both Tipperary and Offaly, and the pressure was certainly on as joint managers Frank Fitzsimmons and Gearoid Adams knew only a victory would save them from further criticism.
To their credit they delivered and with home games against Laois and Longford still to come, along with trips to Louth and Armagh where points will be hard to come by, they have given themselves a platform to build on and hopefully avoid the drop back to Division Four.
A big lot however will depend on results from other games if they are to survive. This, at least, is a good start.
With wind advantage at Corrigan Park they fell behind to a couple of early Sligo points but did manage briefly to lead by one between the fourteenth and sixteenth minutes when a goal knocked them out of joint.
They held it together, however, going in at the break just two back, 0-6 to 1-5.
With the wind against them in the second thirty five minutes they surprisingly outscored the opposition by five to two with McGourty saving their skin with that late pointed free.
Fielding a side minus many regulars, but for McGortys unerring striking from frees they would have been in trouble.
The St Gall's man scored eight of their eleven points, six coming from the dead ball and, like or dislike him, he certainly is a talent that Antrim need.
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