Derry sent out a timely warning this afternoon with a comfortable 0-16 to 0-06 win over wasteful Antrim at Casement Park to earn a Bank of Ireland Ulster Football semi-final clash with Donegal in two weeks' time. However, it was only in the last 15 minutes that Derry took control of this game following the introduction of Enda Muldoon, who has missed the last three months because of injury.
Muldoon made a very welcome return with a polished performance that belied his lack of match fitness, and his two points were indicative of his contribution to Derry's late surge. Derry led 0-07 to 0-03 at the interval as Antrim squandered several scoring chances, but the underdogs reduced the deficit to three points at 0-09 to 0-06 with 15 minutes gone. However, that was Antrim's final instalment as Derry finished strongly, scoring seven points without reply in the closing quarter from Gavin Diamond, Paddy Bradley and Muldoon.
Filed by Shane Murray