The 0-11 to 1-6 victory for Roscommon at Casement Park, was a Saturday stroll. The Rossies fired nine wides before the break and missed a great goal chance. In the second half, Antrim keeper John Finucane brought off a super save from Conor Devaney and Antrim got their goal in injury-time.
Saffrons’ boss, Frank Dawson, admitted the final tally flattered his team. “It wasn’t a two-point game. We were not just good enough.”
The first half was a disaster for the hosts. By half-time, Roscommon led 0-7 to 0-1 with the Saffrons’ flag raised in the 27th minute. Colin Compton was a thorn in Antrim’s side.
Antrim reshuffled before the break and the teams shared three points apiece during the third quarter. The closing quarter belonged to Antrim but the home side only added two points before the late, late face-saving goal. Roscommon manager John Evans said: “Last week, we lost two terrible goals to Meath and you can call this win a backfire or a rebound but we were hungry.”
ANTRIM: J Finucane; K O’Boyle, A McClean, S Finch; A Healy (1-0), J Crozier, N Delargy; P Doherty, S McVeigh; M Herron, C Kelly (0-2), B Herron (0-1); R Murray, C Murray, M Pollock. Subs: T McCann (0-2, 2f) for C Murray (31), T Scullion for Finch (34), L Carland for McVeigh (34), C Duffin (0-1) for R Murray (54), P Kelly for M Herron (64).
ROSCOMMON: M Miley; N Collins (0-1), N Carty, S McDermott; D Keenan, N Daly, C Daly (0-1); M Finneran, K Higgins; C Gregg (0-3, 3f), D O’Gara (0- 1), D Keane; D Smith (0-2, 1f), C Compton (0-3), C Devaney. Subs: F Gregg for O’Gara (56), D McDermott for C Gregg (60), S Oates for Keane (65), C Dineen for Devaney (69).
Referee: B Rice (Down).