Antrim hurlers defeat Carlow at Casement Park

Casement Park action
Daryl Roberts and Chris McGuinness in action at Casement

Antrim saw off the challenge of Carlow as they secured a 0-23 to 1-12 win in Saturday's All-Ireland Hurling qualifier at Casement Park.

Antrim led for much of the first half but Carlow were level at 0-9 points apiece by half-time.

Antrim edged ahead again but a Craig Doyle goal midway through the second period put Carlow in contention again.

Antrim reeled off four consecutive scores and ran out comfortable winners, Neil McManus ending with nine points.

Neal McAuley, Paul Shiels and Karl Stewart were also among the scorers while Rory Dunbar top-scored for Carlow.

Antrim: C O'Connell; C McGuinness, C Donnelly, Kieran McGourty; A Graffin, M Herron, N McAuley; P Shiels, K Molloy; S McCrory, K Stewart, E McCloskey; C McCann, D Hamill, N McManus.

Substitutes: C Cunningham, B McFall, T McCann, K McKeague, C McFall, J Black, C Herron, K McKeegan, M Donnelly, P Doherty, J McCouaig, J Scullion.