Kevin O’Boyle heroics secure Antrim victory against Fermanagh

Antrim's Kevin Niblock celebrates after scoring a goal
Antrim's Kevin Niblock celebrates after scoring a goal

Antrim won a dramatic Ulster SFC tie at Brewster Park on Sunday, needing a heroic goal-line clearance from defender Kevin O’Boyle to beat Fermanagh in the end.

The Saffrons were the dominant side and looked to have won the game twice, only for Fermanagh to finish strong in both halves.

“We made two basic mistakes which let Fermanagh back,” said boss Liam Bradley.

“If you take those out, we ripped that team apart and a 15-point victory would not have flattered us.

“I don’t care what division we are in, on any given day we are capable of winning in Ulster because we have some great forwards.”

Antrim racked up 1-10 without reply in the first half, including a Brian Neeson goal, but Fermanagh recovered to trail by 1-10 to 1-05 at half-time.

The Saffrons pulled away again, with Kevin Niblock hitting a 39th-minute goal.

Goals from Fermanagh’s Barry Owens and Marty O’Brien made it a two-point game and Antrim needed O’Boyle’s goal-line clearance to survive.

“Near the end we could have won it, but it would have been a complete injustice to Antrim if we had,” said Owens.

Antrim will play Donegal in the Ulster semi-final on June 22.