Antrim beaten in league opener

Antrim 1-11 - 0-15 Wexford
Published Sunday, 16 February 2014
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Ulster Champions Antrim suffered an agonising one-point defeat to Wexford in their opening game of the National Hurling League campaign on Sunday.

Antrim beaten in league opener
Antrim captain Neil McManus. (© Presseye)

The Saffrons took an early lead at Ballycastle thanks to points from Conor Carson and Paul Shields, and were further boosted by the dismissal of Wexford's Richie Kehoe two minutes before the break.

Despite being a man down and trailing by a point at half-time, Wexford dominated much of the second half, with Jack Guiney's free-taking helping them to a 0-15 to 0-8 lead.

Antrim fought back in the closing stages and netted the only goal of the game through Daniel McKernan, but were unable to overhaul the visitors advantage as Wexford clung on take victory by 0-15 to 1-11.

In Division 2A Derry's hurlers began their league campaign with a crushing defeat at the hands of Kerry.

The Oak Leaf county netted three times, but could only muster nine points over the course of the game - a total easily overhauled by the Kingdom county as the visitors secured a 4-24 to 3-9 win.

The big game in Division 2B came in the form of an enticing Ulster derby between neighbours Armagh and Down at the Athletic Grounds.

Armagh have been making strides in hurling development in recent years, but John Lennon's side proved no match for the seasoned Ardsmen, who ran out 2-20 to 1-7 winners.

There was another Ulster derby in Division 3A with Donegal hosting Fermanagh, a game which the hosts won by 2-19 to 1-13.

In the other game of Ulster interest in Division 3A Monaghan suffered a one point defeat to Longford, going down by 3-11 to 2-13.

© UTV News
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