Antrim Minors well beaten by Galway in hurling quarter-final

Antrim's Eamonn Smyth with Cianan Fahy of Galway
Antrim's Eamonn Smyth competes against Cianan Fahy of Galway in the Minor quarter-final

Antrim were beaten 2-22 to 0-8 by Galway in Saturday's Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling quarter-final.

Cian Salmon and Evan Niland scored the goals for the Westerners who were always on top at Breffni Park.

Galway had seven points on the board before Antrim opened their account through Diarmuid McShane on 11 minutes.

The victors claimed a trio of scores, before Conal Doherty Cunning and Donal McKernan landed points to ensure a 0-10 to 0-3 scoreline after 18 minutes.

Nine points separated the teams in the 23rd minute after Keelan Molloy pointed for Antrim, but the Saffrons were not to score again until the 13th minute of the second half.

The Ulster champions trailed by 1-14 to 0-4 at half-time, with Salmon netting Galway's goal in the final minute of first-half normal time.

Both sides had equal share of possession inside 10 minutes of the restart, but crucially Galway added two points, as Antrim fired three wides.

Evan Niland and Enda Fahy added further scores to open up a 1-18 to 0-4 lead, before Doherty Cunning broke the Antrim deadlock.

Antrim pushed hard for goals, with Galway goalkeeper Jack Forde denying both Donal McKernan and Peter McCallion.

At the opposite end Niland cut through for Galway's second goal to ensure a 2-19 to 0-5 lead with six minutes remaining.

Doherty Cunning registered three of the next four points, but it was far too late for Antrim, as late scores from Jack Coyne and Martin McManus ensued a 20-point Galway win.

The Antrim Minor players before their game against Galway at Breffni Park
The Antrim Minor players before their game against Galway at Breffni Park