Christy Ring Cup: Antrim beat Carlow in extra-time as Down defeat Roscommon

Carlow's Paul Doyle and Antrim's Niall McKenna
Niall McKenna (right) hit Antrim's first-half goal at Dr Cullen Park

Antrim snatched a dramatic 3-20 to 2-22 extra-time victory over Carlow in their Christy Ring Cup opener as Down beat Roscommon 2-24 to 1-20 at Ballycran.

Neil McManus hit 1-13 for the Saffrons as they fought back from seven down in the first half and four in arrears late in normal time to force extra-time.

Niall McKenna and Ciaran Clarke notched Antrim's goals as the scoreline was 2-16 to 2-16 at the end of normal time.

Carlow moved four up again before McManus' goal spurred Antrim again.

The McManus goal brought the sides level with four minutes of extra-time remaining and while Carlow edged one ahead again, late points from McManus and James McNaughton secured Antrim's victory.

Denis Murphy hit 16 of Carlow's points with Martin Kavanagh notching both of the home team's goals.

Carlow led 1-6 to 0-2 after 18 minutes and remained six clear in first-half injury-time before McKenna's goal gave Antrim a huge boost.

Down's Gareth Johnston
Gareth Johnston's second-half introduction helped sway the game in Down's favour

The Barrowsiders extended their advantage to 1-10 to 1-5 after 39 minutes and remained 1-15 to 1-11 ahead with nine minutes of normal time left.

Clarke's goal cut Carlow's lead to a point but the home team responded with three straight scores to lead by four with five minutes left.

However, three more McManus points and a Paul Shiels score enabled the Saffrons to force extra-time.

At Ballycran, Roscommon led 0-9 to 0-6 after 15 minutes when Malachy Magee's goal brought the sides level.

The Rossies regrouped to lead 1-13 to 1-10 at half-time and extended that to 1-16 to 1-11 before Gareth Johnston's introduction help spur a Down comeback.

Eoghan Sands' 58th-minute goal moved Down ahead as they pulled clear.

The Mourne County's win was a morale booster for Marty Mallon's side after their surprise Ulster semi-final defeat by Armagh a fortnight ago.

The victories means the two Ulster counties will be in the winners' section of the competition but Carlow and Roscommon are not yet out of the competition.

Rackard and Meagher Cup round-ups

Goals from Damien Casey and Sean Og Grogan helped Tyrone edge out Monaghan 2-11 to 0-16 in the Nicky Rackard Cup at Castleblayney.

Derry withstood a strong Louth comeback to take a 2-17 to 1-12 win in Dowdallshill with Meehaul McGrath and Ruairi Convery netting for the Oak Leafers.

Davin Flynn scored 1-5 from play in Donegal's 1-19 to 0-13 win over beaten Ulster finalists Armagh in Letterkenny.

Cavan returned to the Lory Meagher Cup for the first time in six years, but failed to lead as Warwickshire claimed a 3-28 to 1-14 win with former Antrim star Liam Watson netted two of the Exiles' goals.

Sean Corrigan fired 3-8 including the winning point for Fermanagh in their 5-13 to 2-21 win over Leitrim.

Antrim (v Carlow): C O'Connell; S McCrory, J Dillon, S Rooney; P Burke, M Donnelly, C Johnston; C McKinley, P Shiels; M Connolly, C McCann, E Campbell; C Johnston, N McManus, C Clarke.

Carlow (v Antrim): J Carroll; A Corcoran, P Doyle, G Bennett; D Byrne, D English, R Coady; E Redmond, J Doyle; JM Nolan, M Kavanagh, K McDonald; D Murphy, P Coady, S Murphy.

WEEKEND FIXTURES/RESULTS

Saturday

Christy Ring Cup

Mayo 0-16 0-17 Kildare

Carlow 2-22 3-20 Antrim - aet

Down 2-24 1-20 Roscommon

Nicky Rackard Cup

Louth 1-12 2-17 Derry

Monaghan 0-16 2-11 Tyrone

Donegal 1-19 0-13 Armagh

Lory Meagher Cup

Fermanagh 5-13 2-21 Leitrim

Cavan 1-14 3-28 Warwickshire

Sligo 4-14 0-17 Lancashire

Sunday

Allianz Hurling League Division One Final

Tipperary 0-14 3-21 Galway

Leinster SHC round 1

Meath 3-20 2-17 Kerry

Laois 1-23 2-17 Westmeath

Christy Ring Cup

Wicklow 0-17 0-16 London

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