Antrim continue promotion drive


ANTRIM continued their drive for promotion to Division One with a well merited if somewhat flattering win over Westmeath, in this Division Two National League game played at windswept Collinstown yesterday.

In fact, the home side led at half-time by 1-2 to 0-3, but in fairness to Antrim, they had to play against a strong breeze. Pat Clancy scored the Westmeath goal in the 16th minute.

The concession of two goals early in the second half turned the game firmly Antrim's way. Their first goal was the result of a defensive blunder, with Paul McKillen's long-range shot from 60 metres just crossing the goal-line. A mix-up in the Westmeath rearguard led to the second goal. This time full-forward Jackie Carson forced the ball to the net from close range.

Westmeath never recovered from those setbacks and with Jim Close and Jim Connolly in control at mid-field, Ant rim went on a scoring spree, and the losers - who failed to score in the second half - conceded a third goal in the last minute when substitute Paul Donnelly crashed the ball to the net.

Colaiste an Spioraid Naofa turned in a workmanlike display to qualify for the Munster Colleges senior football championship A final by beating St Michael's, Listowel, by 0-11 to 0-5 at Bruff yesterday. The Cork side led by 0-8 to 0-2 at half-time, and were in front by 0-9 to 0-4 midway through the second half. Cathal O'Connor superbly saved a penalty for the winners 10 minutes from the end, and both sides had a player sent off.

Wicklow footballers qualified to meet Wexford in the O'Byrne Cup final by beating Westmeath 2-7 to 2-6 at Castletowngeoghegan on Saturday. The sides were level 1-3 each at the break, but Westmeath will rue a penalty miss in 45th minute and a missed 35-metre free just on full-time.