Hurling and camogie

Nigel Elliott central to Saffrons hurling success

Joe McDonagh Cup round one: Meath 2-18 Antrim 5-25

Dunloy man Nigel Elliott provided the game's turning point, his first goal after 20 minutes the catalyst in changing potential defeat into comfortable victory.

That sparked a Saffrons' scoring spree of 4-11 to just 0-2 in reply from Meath between the 21st and 48th minutes of the match, as they utterly turned this game on its head.

Elliott played a huge part, ending up as the Saffrons' top scorer with 3-2, all from play, while centre half-forward Conor Johnston notched 2-4, including the injury time penalty that completed this rout.

If Antrim keep going in this direction, they'll take some stopping in this competition.

Meath: S McGann; N Weir, S Geraghty, S Morris; J Keena, D Healy, S Brennan; K Keoghan, A Gannon; J Kelly (capt.), C McCabe (0-1), E O Donnchadha; A Douglas (1-1), G McGowan (1-2), J Regan (0-12, 0-3 65s, 0-8 frees).

Substitutes: P Conneely (0-1) for McGowan (30); S Quigley (0-1) for Gannon (47); K Keena for O Donnchadha (47); P Kelly for Weir (52) C O Mealoid for McCabe (59).

Antrim: R Elliott; D Kearney, J Dillon, R McCambridge; P Burke, C McKinley (capt.), J Maskey (0-2); N Elliott (3-2), S McCrory (0-3); C Carson (0-1), C Johnston (2-4, 1-0 penalty), N McManus (0-8, 0-7 frees); D McKinley (0-2), M Armstrong (0-1), E Campbell (0-1).

Substitutes: C McCann (0-1) for Carson (h-t); J McNaughton for Campbell (56); S Rooney for Kearney (57); M Donnelly for McCambridge (66); E O'Neill for D McKinley (69).

Blood sub: C McCann for Armstrong (15-18).

Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork).

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