A TOTAL of 2-6 from Ryan Murray and Kevin Quinn enabled Antrim to get their Ulster MFC off to a flying start in Ballybofey yesterday.
Murray blazed a penalty over Lee McBrearty’s crossbar after Dermot McAleese was hauled down by Conor Patton in the fourth minute but he was to play a big part over the hour. The visitors went in at the break leading by four points, 1-6 to 0-5.
Antrim scored 1-4 without reply in the first-half that included a somewhat fortuitous goal on 11 minutes when a miscued pop at goal by Murray was palmed into the net by the eager Quinn.
The second-half failed to flow as much although Quinn finished excellently for his second goal following Murray’s break with 10 minutes left.
After firing a warning shot when Patrick McBrearty crashed a shot against the post he managed to slap the ball home after Ryan McHugh’s ball into the square with five minutes left.
However, a fisted point from Murray and a huge effort from substitute Declan McCann sealed a fine away win.
Scorers for Antrim: K Quinn 2-1 (1f), R Murray 0-5 (2f, 0-1 pen), M Jordan, M Hynde, D McCann 0-1 each.
Scorers for Donegal: P McBrearty 1-3 (2f), J O’Malley 0-2 (1f), M Reilly, R McNamee 0-1 each.
ANTRIM: T Hughes; P McBride, C Hamill, L Peden; M McGarry, C McIlvenny, F O’Neill; B Leonard, M Cummings; M Jordan, R Murray, M Hynds; K Quinn, R Lynch, D McAleese.
Subs: P McReynolds for McAleese (37), D McCann for McBride (45), J Scullion for F O’Neill (52), S O’Neill for Quinn (59).
DONEGAL: L McBrearty; A Blair, C Cannon, C Parke; O Redmond, C Patton, L Carr; D White, R McNamee; A Coyne, M Reilly, R McHugh; D Broganm P McBrearty, J O’Malley.
Subs: D Mulgrew for A Coyne (28), A Brown for White (31), D Spratt for Carr (56), R Dunleavy for McHugh (59).
Referee: N Cullen (Fermanagh).
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