Connellan secures summit spot
Westmeath 3-26 London 1-9
Westmeath's senior footballers finished off the round robin section of Division 4 with a facile win over London in Mullingar yesterday afternoon.
Three goals - all palmed to the net from point-blank range - from John Connellan, Shane Dempsey and David Lynch, in the seventh, eighth and 24th minutes respectively, helped Westmeath to a 3-12 to 0-0 lead before London's best player, Rory Mason, opened their account. The home team led by 3-19 to 0-3 at the interval.
London had the small consolation of outscoring the table-toppers in the second-half, although four key players were rested at half-time by Tom Cribbin, including John Heslin and captain Ger Egan.
Mason, in particular, continued to cause Westmeath problems and the Exiles plugged away and scored the last 1-3 of the game, with the goal coming from sub John Daly in the 70th minute.
Westmeath face Wexford in the final in Croke Park next Saturday after an immediate, and very comfortable, return to Division 3 status for Cribbin's charges.
Scorers - Westmeath: J Connellan 1-6 (0-2f), S Dempsey 1-4, J Heslin 0-5 (3f), D Lynch 1-1, C Boyle, C McCormack 0-3 each, K Daly, N Mulligan, D Glennon, J Rock 0-1 each.
London: R Mason 0-5 (2f), J Daly 1-0, L Gavaghan, M Jordan, J Branagan, K Hughes 0-1 each.
Westmeath: S Gallagher 6; J Rock 7, F Boyle 6, K Daly 7; C Boyle 7, P Holloway 6, N Mulligan 6; A Stone 6, G Egan 6; D Glennon 6, C McCormack 7, D Lynch 6; S Dempsey 8, J Heslin 8, J Connellan 8. Subs: D Corroon 6 for Egan (h-t), A Gaughan 6 for Stone (h-t), T McDaniel 6 for Heslin (h-t), J Egan 6 for Lynch (h-t), S Corcoran 6 for Mulligan (50), A Gardiner 6 for F Boyle (54).
London: C Campbell 5; C Dunne 5, C Coyne 5, C O'Neill 6; P Butler 6, R Jones 6, M Jordan 6; G Crowley 6, C Óg Greene 6; J Branagan 8, R Mason 7, C Doran 5; D Moore 5, L Gavaghan 6, K Butler 5 Subs: K Hughes 6 for Jones (50), M Carroll 5 for Doran (50), D Ryan 6 for Coyne (59), D Carrabine 6 for Jordan (59), A Moyles 5 for Moore (60), J Daly 6 for K Butler (63).
REF: P Faloon (Down).
Clarke brace seals scalp of short Models
Carlow 2-14 Wexford 1-7
Carlow completed their NFL campaign with a double-scores win over already promoted Wexford at Netwatch Cullen Park yesterday in a dead-rubber and also a dress rehearsal for the meeting between these south east neighbours in the Leinster SFC at the same venue on May 19.
Turlough O'Brien's side was dominant throughout racing into an 0-4 to nil lead with three points from Paul Broderick and one from Darragh Foley.
It took a Wexford side, short a number of regulars, 21 minutes to register a score, a pointed free from Donal Shanley and they trailed 0-6 to 0-4 at half time, the home side having kick nine wides.
The second half saw no change as Carlow remained in charge and they put their stamp on the game with a brace of goals from substitute Jamie Clarke after 47 minutes and a second on 70 minutes when the St Andrew's clubman converted a penalty for a trip on Seán Gannon, which earned Wexford's right full forward a second yellow.
Scorers - Carlow: J Clarke 2-0 (1-0 pen); P Broderick (3f) 0-6; D Foley (1f) S Murphy, S O'Neill (1f) 0-2 each; M Rennick, G Kelly 0-1 each. Wexford: A Flynn 1-2; D Shanley 0-3 (3f); C Kehoe, M O'Regan 0-1 each.
Carlow - C Kearney 6; BJ Molloy 7, S Redmond 7, K Nolan 6; D Moran 6, G Kelly 7, M Rennick 7; D Foley 7, S Murphy 8; G Power 5, S O'Neill 6, S Gannon 7; P Broderick 7, A Kelly 6, J Murphy 7. Subs: J Clarke 7 for Power (40); C Crowley 5 for Nolan (51); B Cawley 5 for Rennick (53); J Kennedy 5 for A Kelly (54); S Bambrick for Broderick (62); D Crooks for J Murphy (68).
Wexford - R Farrell 7; J Leacy 6, J Rossiter 6, R Devereux 6; A Flynn 8, N Rossiter 6, T Rossiter 6; N Hughes 6, C Kehoe 6; J Firman 5, P Curtis 5, J Stafford 5; D Shanley 7, M O'Regan 6, PJ Banville 7. Subs: S Byrne 5 for Kehoe (h/t); S Gaul 5 for J Rossiter (h/t); E Nolan 5 for Hughes (45); R Nolan 5 for Curtis (50); K O'Grady for Banville (54); J Tubritt for Firman (68).
Referee: A Kissane (Waterford).
Beirne puts Leitrim in control
Leitrim 1-13 Waterford 2-8
An improved second-half performance from Leitrim ensured victory in a competitive game at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada in Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday.
Wind-assisted Leitrim squandered a host of early chances, registering nine wides to none for Waterford.
The home side edged ahead in the closing stages of the half, but a Conor Murray goal eight minutes from time put the Déise in front and they led 1-4 to 0-6 at the break.
A Keith Beirne goal from the throw-in signalled the beginning of Leitrim's second-half dominance, as the Waterford challenge faded.
The home side went on to score a further six points without reply between the 42nd and 57th minutes, during which an Emlyn Mulligan penalty was saved by David Whitty in the Waterford goal.
As a comfortable Leitrim victory looked likely, the visitors found a second wind and seven minutes from time Paul Whyte found the net, followed by three unanswered points to reduce the arrears.
However, a Mark Plunkett point from play in added time secured the win for Leitrim.
SCORERS - Leitrim: E Mulligan 0-6 (3f), K Beirne 1-0, R Kennedy 0-3, O Madden, D McGovern, D Moran, M Plunkett 0-1 each. Waterford: P Whyte 1-2 (2f), C Murray 1-0, G Crotty 0-4, J McGrath, M O'Halloran 0-1 each.
LEITRIM: P Farrelly 6; P Maguire 8, N Woods 6, M Murphy 7; W McKeon 6, G Reynolds 6, O Madden 7; D Wrynn (capt) 7, P Dolan 8; D McGovern 7, M Plunkett 7, R Kennedy 7; E Mulligan 7, K Beirne 7, B Gallagher 6. Subs: D Moran 6 for B Gallagher (27), J Rooney 7 for W McKeon (44), M McWeeney 6 for N Woods(54), N O'Donnell for K Beirne (60), J Mitchell for G Reynolds(60).
WATERFORD: D Whitty 7; J McGrath 7, T O'Gorman 6, S Dalton 6; K Murphy 6, R O Ceallaigh 6, A Trihy 6; G Crotty 8, M Curry 6; M O'Halloran 7, C Maguire 6, D Guiry 6; C Murray 7, P Whyte 8, F Ó Cuirrín 6. Subs: T Ó hUallacháin 6 for F Ó Cuirrín (45), Pa Whyte 6 for K Murphy (50), J Curry 6 for D Guiry (52), P Walshe for C Murray(60).
REF: F Barry (Kildare)
Neville inspires Treaty men past Garden
Limerick 2-13 Wicklow 2-9
Limerick put in a strong second half performance to earn their fourth win from as many games in this dead rubber at Newcastle West.
The visitors got off to a dream start when they led 1-1 to nil inside just two minutes, the opening goal being scored by Paddy Byrne.
Limerick's performance in the first half was disappointing but a goal by Seamus O'Carroll after 19 minutes was a major factor in the home side being only two points in arrears at the interval with Wicklow bagging a spectacular second goal through Mark Kenny, who was their best player on the day.
The sides were level at 1-3 each and again at 1-4 apiece after 23 minutes.
Limerick had the wind in the second half and an early point by Danny Neville left only a point between the two teams.
When man of the match Neville scored Limerick's second goal it put his side in front by 2-9 to 2-7 and the introduction of Jamie Lee made a big difference with his four points from play.
Wicklow were disappointed to have scored only four points in the second half with Kenny keeping them in touch all the way through.
Limerick finish up in fifth in Division 4, with Wicklow down in seventh, ahead of just London.
SCORERS - Limerick: D Neville 1-5 (0-2f); J Lee 0-4; S O'Carroll 1-0; S McSweeney 0-2 (2f); P Scanlon (f), B Scanlon (1'45) 0-1 each. Wicklow: M Kenny 1-4 (0-2f); P Byrne 1-0; D Hayden 0-2; M Fitzsimons, M Jackson ('45), R Finn 0-1 each.
Limerick - B Scanlon 6; G Noonan, 6, J McCarthy 7, S O'Dea 6; D Daly, I Corbett 7, P Quinn 6; D Treacy 7, D Ward 6; P Nash 6, J Naughten 6, S O'Carroll 7; P Scanlon 6, D Neville 8, S McSweeney 6. Subs: T McCarthy 6 for Daly (5 mins), J McGarry for Naughton (ht), B O'Donovan for Nash (50), J Lee for P Scanlon (57), J Ryan for McSweeney (61), P White for Quinn (66).
Wicklow - M Jackson 6; E Murtagh 6, R O'Brien 6, J Snell 6; D Hayden 7, D Healy 6, C Hyland 6; R Finn 7, D Boothman 6; C Ffrench 6, S Kelly 6, M Kenny 8; P Byrne 7, P Traynor 6, J Crowe 6. Subs: B Kennedy 6 for Traynor, M Fitzsimons 6 for Byrne (58), C McGorman for Murtagh (69).
REF - K Murphy (Cork).