Saffron hurlers have winning feeling

Thursday, 4 May 2017

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ANTRIM'S hurlers are on a high as they knocked up another impressive victory, this time in the Christy Ring Cup.
Despite the absence of a number of notable regulars they did the business in style with a comfortable thirteen point victory.
Staged at windy Cushendall, they look well on their way to collecting their third trophy of the season after seeing off a Down challenge which failed to materialise.
Having beaten the same opposition at the semi final stage of this competition last season after a close run thing, they were well prepared for any eventuality.
Starting without Neil McManus, who was married earlier in the day, and without the injured Mattie Donnelly, Paul Shiels and Deaghlan Murphy, management were forced to dig deep into their strong reserves, all of whom stepped up to the mark.
As it turned out it was a game of penalties, three of which all fell Antrim's way. The first two were converted and were essential in giving them a three point interval lead. The third came in the dying moments, the sliothre coming off the root of the post but it really made no difference to the Saffrons who played most of the second half with just fourteen men.
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