Antrim defeated at Casement Park

Antrim 0-17 Limerick 3-22
Published Sunday, 01 April 2012
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Antrim crashed to a 14 points defeat against Limerick at Casement Park on Sunday as their hopes of reaching a National League 1B final against Clare went up in smoke.

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Jerry Wallace's side made a decent start but a well-drilled Limerick team went into the break 10 points to the good.

"We played well for around 10 minutes but then a few decisions went against us and we were up against a very good Limerick side," said the Antrim manager.

"But I said to the boys afterwards that this has been a positive National League campaign and we are still in what is a very tough division next season."

Antrim had come back from the same deficit in the previous week's game with Laois but this time there was no way back.

Shane McNaughton's free in the 12th minute put Antrim 0-5 to 0-4 up but that was as good as it got.

Two Shane Dowling goals from frees helped the Shannonsiders into a 2-12 to 0-8 interval lead.

When Sean Tobin found the net midway through the second half Limerick led 3-17 to 0-10.

From that point onwards Antrim outscored their opponents but the game was already well out of their reach.

Several members of the Loughgeil all Ireland winning squad returned to the Antrim panel and goalkeeper DD Quinn was the pick of the bunch.

He stopped at least four goalbound shots and without his heroics the Saffrons could have suffered an even heavier defeat.

Sunday's Allianz Leagues results:

Hurling League Division 1A

Kilkenny 3-26 0-10 Galway

Tipperary 1-23 1-23 Cork

Waterford 0-17 0-13 Dublin

Hurling League Division 1B

Antrim 0-17 3-22 Limerick

Offaly 0-19 2-14 Clare

Wexford 4-18 0-15 Laois

Hurling League Division 2A

Down 2-20 3-21 Westmeath

Derry 0-15 1-07 Kerry

Wicklow 1-11 1-11 Carlow

Hurling League Division 2B

Armagh 0-8 1-19 Meath

Mayo 1-20 0-19 Kildare

Roscommon 3-22 2-14 London

Hurling League Division 3A

Fingal 2-19 4-12 Donegal

Louth 0-24 0-16 Tyrone

Monaghan 4-18 2-10 Sligo

Hurling League Division 2B

Fermanagh P-P Longford

Leitrim 2-10 2-20 Warwickshire

Football League Division 4

Kilkenny 0-4 4-30 London

Wicklow 2-13 1-10 Leitrim

Fermanagh 0-13 1-10 Limerick

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