Walsh Cup: Saffrons easily beaten by Dublin

Dublin's Ben Quinn sees his shot blocked by Saffrons opponent Kevin McKernan
Dublin's Ben Quinn sees his shot blocked by Saffrons opponent Kevin McKernan

Antrim suffered a second defeat in the 2016 Walsh Cup after losing out 3-25 to 1-17 against Dublin on Sunday.

Paul Ryan bagged 1-10 for the hosts at DCU as second-half goals from Eamon Dillon and Sean O'Reilly paved the way for a 14-point win.

Eddie McCloskey netted Antrim's goal while Liam Watson scored nine points in a game where the Saffrons were level on five occasions.

Dublin pulled clear after leading 1-11 to 1-10 at the interval.

Ryan hit the ground running for Ger Cunningham's charges, as a fourth minute goal handed them a 1-2 to 0-1 advantage.

Antrim worked hard and levelled the tie at 1-4 apiece after 22 minutes thanks to McCloskey's goal.

Kevin McKernan tied matters for the fourth time, at 1-8 apiece in the 29th minute, but Dublin kicked on before the break.

A second Niall McMorrow point put the hosts back in front, before a Ryan score doubled their advantage.

Watson finished the half with two further points, but Ryan brought his tally to 1-5 with a point in between to ensure a one-point lead at the break.

Despite Antrim's efforts, Dublin surged clear after the restart.

Goals from O'Reilly (1-1) and Dillon (1-3) provided the platform for a comfortable Dublin win.

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