Saturday 10 December 2016

NFL Division 3 and 4: Clare promoted despite loss while Westmeath are relegated

Rónán Mac Lochlainn

Published 03/04/2016 | 17:38

Clare players, from left, Cathal O'Connor, Keelan Sexton and Dean Ryan celebrate their promotion to Division 2
Clare players, from left, Cathal O'Connor, Keelan Sexton and Dean Ryan celebrate their promotion to Division 2

Clare will join Kildare in Division 2 of the Allianz Football League despite losing out at St Conleth’s Park by 0-22 to 1-14 yesterday afternoon.

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Alan Smith shone in the first half for Kildare, kicking four points from play but Clare stayed in touch thanks to a goal from former Dublin player Pat Burke.

Kildare finished strongly however with Eoghan O’Flaherty finishing with seven points while Eamonn Callaghan impressed when introduced, adding two points to confirm the Lilies win.

At the opposite end of the table, Westmeath suffered relegation to the bottom rung as they were defeated by Longford by 0-13 to 0-11 in Pearse Park.

Limerick will join Westmeath in Division 4 after losing to Offaly by 1-16 to 0-13 while Sligo and Tipperary drew by 0-18 to 3-9. 

In Division 4, a late Tomás McCann point ensured Antrim a 0-12 to 1-9 draw with Louth at Corrigan Park, Belfast.

Very little hinged on the result with both teams having secured promotion a week previously.

Elsewhere, goals from Ciaran Lyng and Sean Ryan saw Wexford overcome neighbours Carlow by 2-17 to 2-6. 

The other games saw Wicklow beat London by 2-10 to 1-10 and Waterford defeat Leitrim by 0-10 to 1-6.

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