| 12.4°C Dublin

Fennelly's Laois 'alive and kicking' after Antrim victory

Brendan Fennelly is happy that his Laois team are "alive and kicking" in their chase for promotion. The O'Moores kept their hopes alive with a hard-fought 0-20 to 0-16 victory over Antrim despite the heroics of the Saffrons 13-point sharpshooter, Neil McManus.

The hosts got off to a lightning start as they popped over the first six points in the opening 10 minutes.

McManus and Antrim began to get into their stride though, and the Ruairi Og attacker had accumulated a staggering eight points by the time the sides went in level at the break, 0-10 apiece. There was never much between the sides after the resumption, with Hyland and McManus continuing to trade blows.

Clare were far from convincing in their 1-27 to 2-17 win over WESTMEATH at Cusack Park, Mullingar.

The home side started brightly and were 0-2 to no score ahead by the 10th minute before Clare got into their stride and rattled over seven unanswered points, with Colin Ryan particularly prominent at left corner-forward. The teams continued to trade points throughout an often-scrappy second half and with 10 minutes of normal time remaining, the home fans sensed a possible upset with the gap at four points, 1-19 to 1-15, and Westmeath giving as good as they were getting.

Clare's superior class showed in the closing stages, though.

After leading Limerick for 58 minutes, Down collapsed in the final 12 as the Munster men came from behind -- scoring a goal and nine points to a single point by Down -- to retain their spot at the top of the table.

Down's Coyle, who lobbed over six points, spoiled a brilliant personal display when two minutes from time he was dismissed for a second yellow card offence.

CARLOW hurlers made light of adversity when, having two men sent off in the space of a few second half minutes, they turned a one point half time deficit into an eight point winover KERRY in this crucial tie at Dr Cullen Park yesterday, by 2-17 to 1-12.

The Kingdom looked the sharper side in the opening half and by comparison Carlow's first touch was poor and a tendency to over-elaborate among the forwards cost them scores.