Antrim claim first Bord na Mona Walsh Shield title

Antrim 2-22 DIT 1-9

Antrim 2-22 DIT 1-9

Antrim claimed their first Bord na Mona Walsh Shield title at Casement Park tonight.

Nine players were on target for Kevin Ryan's side, including Neil McManus who top-scored with 1-9.

The sides were level on three occasions inside the opening 14 minutes, before Antrim took a lead that they wouldn't relinquish.

McManus gave Antrim a comfortable seven-point interval lead, with an injury-time goal after Paul Shiels initial goal shot was blocked by DIT goalkeeper Finn McGarry.

McGarry kept the Saffrons attack at bay for large periods of the opening half, pulling off three fine saves.

1-10 to 0-6 ahead at the break, the hosts continued their dominance on the restart with McNaughton adding his third point and Mattie Donnelly claiming a 37th minute goal.

DIT responded strongly thanks to the efforts of substitute Mike Moloney who scored 1-2 without reply between the 43rd and 49th minutes to ensure a 2-12 to 1-9 score-line.

McManus fired his third point and Antrim's first score in 12 minutes, as the hosts held a 2-13 to 1-9 lead entering the final quarter.

Antrim tagged on eight unanswered points from the 51st minute until the end, with McManus accounting for five of these scores.

After the game Antrim captain Neil McManus received the Walsh Shield from Pat Toner of the Leinster Council.

Scorers for Antrim: N McManus 1-9 (4f, 1 '65); M Donnelly 1-1; KB McShane 0-4; S McNaughton 0-3; P Doherty, S Beattie, S McCrory, D Hamill, K McKiernan 0-1 each.

Scorers for DIT: M Moloney 1-3 (1-0 f, 2 '65, 1 s/l); N Quinn, W Cullen 0-2 each; S Ryan, T Connolly 0-1 each.

DIT: F McGarry; J Divney, G McManus, C Harney; D Curran, K Bergin, C O'Shaughnessy; S O'Connor, P Phelan; S Ryan, N Quinn, J McManus; T Connolly, W Cullen, D Treacy. Subs: M Moloney for Harney (15); F Power for Phelan (21); C McCormack for J McManus (HT); J Hobbs for Ryan (41); C Hughes for Cullen (56)

ANTRIM: S McToal; M Gettens, C Carson, B McFall; S McCrory, N McAuley, C McKinley; C Laverty, M Donnelly; P Shiels, P Doherty, S Beattie; N McManus, KB McShane, S McNaughton. Subs: C McFall for Doherty (30); K McKiernan for Donnelly (Blood 39-41); D Hamill for Shiels (55); K McKiernan for McNaughton (61); N Peoples for Beattie (64); K McCaigue for McKinley (64)

REFEREE: Kevin Brady (Louth)

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