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Hannon the toast of Garden party

CORNER-FORWARD Tony Hannon proved to be the vital component in Wicklow's 1-15 to 1-12 victory over Clare in Aughrim yesterday.

Hannon finished with a haul of 0-7, six points coming from frees, as the Garden County sealed promotion for the first time in 30 years after victory in a thrilling winner-takes-all clash with the Banner men.

Despite the recent speculation about his future, Meath manager Seamus McEnaney was an interested spectator as the Royals' Leinster championship opener is against Wicklow on May 27.

Hannon delivered the knockout blows with two late points, ensuring that Harry Murphy achieved his objective of gaining promotion from the basement division for Wicklow in his first year in charge.

Wicklow's league final opponents, Fermanagh, maintained their unbeaten record with a 2-15 to 0-7 win over Leitrim.

With points of no value to either side, Limerick saw off Carlow by 0-19 to 1-9 at the Gaelic Grounds.

Waterford and London played out a poor 0-9 draw at Fraher Field.