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McPartland hat-trick saves Orchard

ARMAGH looked down and out against Wexford in their Division 2 clash on Saturday but somehow managed to claw back a nine-point deficit with nine minutes remaining to salvage a draw at the Athletic Grounds.

Substitute Gavin McPartland netted a hat-trick of goals for the home side as the Orchard County picked up a share of the spoils as both sides finished with 3-8.

Wexford scored their three goals in the first half with Paddy Byrne getting the first, which followed up by a Redmond Barry penalty before a Shane Roche three-pointer.

A shell-shocked Armagh hit back with a goal through substitute McPartland but his side still trailed 3-3 to 1-1 at the break. McPartland completed his hat-trick to reduce Wexford's lead to three points.



Barry Loughran and Stefan Forker added three more points for the Orchard men to draw the sides level and that's how it finished.

Louth caused a mini-shock with a 0-17 to 0-10 victory over Galway at Drogheda in their refixed Division Two fixture, a result which will not impress Galway boss Alan Mulholland.

The sides were level 0-8 each at the end of an entertaining first half.

But Louth pulled away in the second period as snow fell and Aidan O'Rourke's men picked off some excellent points.

Galway, who defeated Derry in their opening game, managed just three points in the second half.