|Down 0-9 Antrim 3-13
Down flattered to deceive in trying to consolidate
their impressive form of last week against Tipp
when they went down tamely to Ulster rivals Antrim
in a disappointing NHL Division 1B match at Portaferry.
The Mournemen never managed to recapture the
vim and vigour they showed in their opening league
tie and, instead, played second fiddle for three-quarters
of the game to the Glensmen.
In a frenetic opening to the match, goal chances
were created with gay abandon with Gareth Johnston
and Brendan Quinn both missing out on gilt-edged
The sides were level at 0-3 apiece by the 13th
minute when Mickey Herron bagged Antrim’s
opening goal one minute later to put Down on the
Thereafter a red card for the erstwhile impressive
McGuckian didn’t augur well for the quality
of the tie but, thankfully, tempers cooled.
As things panned out, Antrim went into overdrive
in the final ten minutes of the first half with
the would-be winners firing over five points without
reply to leap into the driving seat.
Leading by 1-9 to 0-5 on the restart, Antrim
went about their task of sealing the points in
a professional manner.
A second goal after 23 minutes by Darren Quinn
took the wind completely out of Down’s sail
and their tale of woe was completed when Johnny
McIntosh banged in Antrim’s third goal with
just seconds to go.