Antrimís unbeaten record continues
Thursday, 16 March 2017
THE benefits of a strong bench was never more in evidence than at the Athletic Grounds where Antrim were rescued from what could have been a humiliating defeat.
The introduction of Deaghlan Murphy some 15 minutes into the second half after the Orchard men had gone into the lead proved a master stroke and, following his 16th minute levelling point, they never looked back.
Indeed, the big Rossa player went on to hit five in an 11 minute spell of total dominance and added two more before the end, allowing his side to cruise to a seven point victory and retention of their unbeaten run in Division 2A.
It was far from a comfortable afternoon for Antrim. They were pushed all the way by the men in orange, the game level twice in the first half and twice the Orchard side led. By the interval, Antrim had clawed back some ground and lead by four, 1-8 to 0-7.
There certainly was no let-up from Armagh, a county which learned its trade by participating in the Antrim leagues for years, and after just 14 minutes play they were ahead by a point.
Murphy's introduction made all the difference, his leadership steering them to a seven point lead with five minutes remaining, despite a late goal from the Armagh side. A similar score from Creggan's Conor McCann sealed it setting up a showdown against Westmeath that will earn them promotion.
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