Hurling League: Saffrons secure victory over Kildare

A delighted Saul McCaughan runs away in celebration after scoring a goal against Kildare on Sunday
A delighted Saul McCaughan runs away in celebration after scoring a goal against Kildare on Sunday

Antrim made it two wins from two Hurling League Division 2A games with a 3-25 to 3-13 victory against Kildare.

Jack Sheridan's goal gave Kildare an early lead in Ballycastle but Saul McCaughan netted as the Saffrons surged to a 1-15 to 1-6 half-time advantage.

McCaughan completed his double between Kildare goals from Ryan Casey and Gerry Keegan before Ciaran Clarke hit the Lilywhites net to seal the points.

Meanwhile, Derry lost 2-11 to 0-13 to Westmeath in their Division 2A match.

The Oak Leafers trailed 0-6 to 0-2 at half-time in Mullingar before Alan Devine and Derek McNicholas netted to give Westmeath a four-point win.

Antrim scored the opening four points in a blistering start at Ballycastle but Kildare hit back and Sheridan's goal on 14 minutes put the Leinster visitors ahead.

Kildare's Gerry Keegan attempts top block this shot from Saffrons opponent Jackson McGreevy
Kildare's Gerry Keegan attempts top block this shot from Saffrons opponent Jackson McGreevy

It was the only time they led as the Saffrons stormed in front with McCaughan hitting a three-pointer after 23 minutes.

Clarke slotted over six points in the first half with Kevin McKernan adding four for the dominant hosts.

Casey netted 10 minutes into the second half and it was quickly followed by McCaughan grabbing his second goal of the game.

Keegan gave Kildare hope with their third goal seconds later but Antrim were comfortable winners and a late Clarke goal ensured maximum points from two games.

Allianz Hurling League results

Saturday 20 February

Division 1A

Cork 1-14 0-20 Waterford

Dublin 1-17 0-13 Galway

Division 3A

Warwickshire 2-10 2-11 Louth

Sunday 21 February

Division 1A

Kilkenny 2-17 0-18 Tipperary

Division 1B

Kerry 1-15 1-19 Limerick

Offaly 1-17 0-15 Laois

Wexford 1-11 0-18 Clare

Division 2A

Antrim 3-25 3-13 Kildare

Carlow 1-11 5-16 London

Westmeath 2-11 0-13 Derry

Division 2B

Donegal 1-8 2-14 Armagh

Down 4-12 0-11 Wicklow

Meath 2-9 0-19 Mayo

Division 3A

Roscommon 1-12 0-10 Monaghan

Tyrone 1-17 4-10 Fingal

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