A win is a win; I’ll welcome it in any shape or form. Antrim were very stubborn and had an effective enough game plan, sitting deep and then breaking out. With our terrible shooting continuing, Antrim kept in touch thanks to the brilliance of CJ McGourty from dead balls who kept them there or thereabouts throughout. It looked for all the world that we were going to repeat our hari-kari style Laois performance when Antrim were awarded a late penalty to equalise, but we were indebted to a brilliant save from keeper Blaine Hughes to keep us ahead. Tempers got frayed near the end and Antrim finished with thirteen men to our fourteen.
Laois had a vital win over Longford this evening to move level on four points with Antrim and Longford, whilst Offaly remain bottom on two. That moves us on to nine points at the top. Both Louth and Tipp are on eight points, so the winner of their clash tomorrow automatically gains promotion. My hope is that it is Tipp and they come to Armagh in the last game with nothing major to play for.