Clarke on form to guide Down
Published 14/02/2010 | 05:00
DOWN collected their second league win with a composed display in front of a crowd of 5,000 at Pairc Esler.
A cagey opening 15 minutes from both sides showed only three scores on the board -- all from frees -- as Down led 0-2 to 0-1.
The first score from play came two minutes later from the fist of John Clarke, and when his brother tacked on score with his left boot and Ambrose Rodgers found his range, the hosts were up by four points.
A Paul McComiskey free stretched the lead, but Meath responded before the half-time break with a Stephen Bray free, and further scores from Cian Ward (2) and Nigel Crawford.
In the second half, Down continued to tick over the scoreboard, with John Clarke top scoring.
Scorers -- Down: J Clarke 0-4, P McComiskey 0-3 (3f), M Clarke 0-2 (1f), A Rodgers 0-2, C Maginn 0-1; Meath: C Ward 0-4 (2f), D Bray 0-2 (2f), N Crawford, M Ward 0-1 each
KILDARE were never troubled in Thurles last night as they collected their first points of the new campaign.
Tipp's misery was complete 20 minutes from time when one of their better players, midfielder Hugh Coghlan, was given a straight red card following a tangle with Daryl Flynn.
In front of 1,420 spectators, Kildare led by 1-5 to 0-4 at half-time and the goal, finished from close range at the Town End of Semple Stadium by Ken Donnelly, arrived in the sixth minute.
Scorers -- Kildare: J Kavanagh 0-7 (4f), K Ennis 0-4 (3f), K Donnelly 1-0, P O'Neill 0-3, D Whyte (1 '45), D Earley, K Cribbin 0-1 each Tipperary: C Sweeney 0-3 (2f), B Grogan (1f), S Hahessy 0-2 each, J Cagney 0-1.
Malachy O'Rourke rolled the dice by throwing James Sherry into full-forward and the big Roslea man delivered with a goal in the last minute to give Fermanagh a one-point win that they scarcely deserved.
Ryan Carson had scored Fermanagh's other goal just after half-time but the men from the West had responded with Donal Shine hitting six points for his side with some brilliant frees off either foot and a point from play.
Roscommon remain rooted to the bottom of the table but Fermanagh will know that the win only papers over the cracks that have been evident throughout the first two games of the league.
Scorers -- Fermanagh: J Sherry, R Carson 1-0 each, C Flaherty, R Jones (1f) 0-2 each, D Keenan, M Keenan 0-1 each Roscommon: D Shine 0-6 (5f), Cathal Gregg, M Finneran, K Higgins, M O'Carroll, J Rodgers 0-1 each.
Antrim's football renaissance gained further momentum at Kingspan/Breffni Park as they conquered NFL Division 3 rivals Cavan with considerable ease.
Tomas McCann's goal on the half-hour helped Antrim to tie 1-6 apiece at the interval. It was all too easy from there to the finish with Micheal Magill bagging a goal to seal the issue for Antrim.
Scorers -- Antrim: Cunningham 0-8 (4f), T McCann 1-3, M Magill 1-0, M McCann, T Scullion 0-1 each Cavan: R Galligan 1-3, (0-3f); G Smith 0-3 (3f); M McKeever 0-1, C Mackey 0-1
Despite lining out without inspirational midfielder John Galvin, Limerick remain at the top after their second National Football League victory yesterday in Kilmallock.
Although they survived Simon Rea's injury-time penalty to take a lead of 0-6 to 0-3 into the dressing room at half-time, a burst of four unanswered points, three of them from top scorer Ian Ryan just after the break, put them into a commanding position.
Scorers -- Limerick: I Ryan 0-6 (5f), C Joyce-Power 0-2, J Mullane, G Collins, R Hayes 0-1 each. Carlow: JJ Smith 0-3 (1f), B Murphy 0-2, S Gannon, E McCormack 0-1 each.