Thursday 25 April 2019

Allianz Football League Division 3 round-up: Heslin strike seals victory

Westmeath 3-12 Sligo 1-10

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Westmeath's second-half power show against Sligo at Collooney's Connolly Park kept them on the promotion trail and consigned Sligo to Division 4 for next year.

Although winners by eight points, the Jack Cooney-managed Westmeath didn't have it all their own way and, after an evenly-contested first-half, the winners needed John Heslin's 48th minute goal to spark their win.

Heslin netted with a close-range flick, but the goal was all about the build-up play from the influential Luke Loughlin, who also bagged four points.

Westmeath's second goal - Ger Egan's converted penalty in the 23rd minute of the second-half - confirmed the outcome and it meant that Paul Taylor's Sligo, who lost their previous four games, were heading for relegation.

The winners, a point behind current leaders Down, added a third goal in stoppage-time through Noel O'Reilly.

There was also a consolation goal for Sligo late on when Adrian Marren scored.

Scorers - Westmeath: Ger Egan 1-4 (1-0 pen, 4f), Luke Loughlin 0-4, John Heslin, Noel O'Reilly 1-0 each, Sam Duncan, Ronan O'Toole 0-2 each. Sligo: Niall Murphy 0-4f, Adrian Marren 1-0, Pat Hughes 0-2, Paul Kilcoyne, Neil Ewing, Patrick O'Connor, Liam Gaughan 0-1 each.

Sligo - A Devaney 6; M Gordon 5, P Laffey 6, JF Carr 5; D Cummins 6, A McIntyre 5, N Mullen 5, G O'Kelly-Lynch 6, P Kilcoyne 6; K McKenna 5, S Carrabine 6, N Ewing 5, L Gaughan 4, P Hughes 6, N Murphy. 6. Subs: B Gorman 5 for Gaughan 53, P O'Connor 5 for McKenna 53, A Marren for Murphy, E McHugh for Cummins, C Henry for P Kilcoyne

Westmeath - E Carberry 6; K Daly 6, R Wallace 6, B Sayeh 7; K Maguire 6, F Boyle 6, J Dolan 6; S Duncan 6, D Corroon 6; L Loughlin 8, J Heslin 6, J Gonoud 6; R O'Toole 7, K Martin 6, G Egan 7. Subs: T McDaniel 5, for Martin 64, F Coyne for Egan 68; N O'Reilly for Gonoud 70, C Slevin for Boyle 70, N Mulligan for Corroon 70+3

Ref - S Laverty (Antrim)

O'Brien's relief at crucial result

Carlow 1-10 Louth 0-12

Carlow's narrow win over Louth at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday eased their relegation worries, but Turlough O'Brien feels his side needs at least one point from their last two games.

Carlow got the ideal start with a 12th-minute goal from Sean Gannon. They led 1-5 to 0-4 at the break but had to withstand a strong second half from the Wee County, during which Sam Mulroy kicked four points.

Points from Darragh Foley, Jordan Morrissey and Darragh O'Brien put Carlow 1-10 to 0-10 ahead and, despite two late Louth replies, O'Brien's men held out.

Louth ended with 13 men after Declan Byrne received a second yellow on 52 minutes, while centre forward Ciaran Downey was issued with a red on 65 minutes. Those dismissals were balanced by black cards for Brendan Murphy and Darragh Foley, leaving the hosts shorthanded for 20 minutes.

O'Brien said: "In the last two matches we were flat but tonight we never gave up and worked very hard."

Scorers - Carlow: S Gannon 1-1, D Foley 0-4f, L Walker, B Murphy, D St Ledger (f), J Morrissey, D O'Brien 0-1 each. Louth: S Mulroy 0-5 (4f), D Byrne 0-2, J Craven, B Duffy (f), A McDonnell, J McEneaney, R Holcroft 0-1 each.

Carlow - R Sansom 7; B J Molloy 6, S Redmond 7, C Lawlor 6; B Kavanagh 6, E Ruth 7, C Moran 7; B Murphy 8, S Murphy 7; J Morrissey 6, S Gannon 8, L Walker 6, Conor Crowley 5, D Foley 6, D St Ledger 6. Subs: Chris Crowley 5 for Molloy (49); O'Brien 6 for Conor Crowley; D Walsh for Walker (injured) (59); J Murphy for Moran (67).

Louth - F Sheeky 6; F Donohoe 6, E Carolan 7, J Craven 7; A Williams 6, B Duffy 7, J Clutterbuck 5; T Durnin 7, E Duffy 6; C Brannigan 5, C Downey 6, J McEneaney 7; A McDonnell 6, S Mulroy 7, D Byrne 7. Subs: E Callaghan 6 for Clutterbuck (44); R Holcroft 6 for McEneaney (55); D Corcoran for Donohoe (68); R Nally for Brannigan (70+1).

Ref - A Kissane (Waterford)

Sugrue hails Munnelly impact

Laois 0-14 Longford 0-12

Laois manager John Sugrue had a special word of praise for veteran Ross Munnelly as he played a key role in the O'Moore County's crucial win over Longford on Saturday night.

Making his 100th League appearance, Munnelly hit three points from play as Laois kept their promotion hopes alive.

"We are mindful of the amount of mileage that he has and mindful of giving other lads chances," said Sugrue afterwards.

"But then he comes in and puts in a big shift. So great credit is due to the man."

Laois trailed by 0-8 to 0-7 at half-time, with big midfielder Darren Gallagher to the fore for Longford.

Laois got their noses in front in the 58th minute courtesy of the in-form Evan O'Carroll, and they did just enough to eke out the win.

Scorers - Laois: E O'Carroll 0-4 (1f, 1 '45), R Munnelly, D Kingston (1f, 1m) 0-3 each, C Boyle (m), J O'Loughlin, S Attride, E Lowry 0-1 each. Longford: D Gallagher 0-4 (2f), J McGivney, M Hughes, D Doherty 0-2 each, L Connerton, M Quinn 0-1 each.

Laois - G Brody 8; S Attride 8, M Timmons 8, G Dillon 7; M Scully 8, R Pigott 7, C Begley 7; J O'Loughlin 9, K Lillis 8; S Byrne 6, B Carroll 7, C Boyle 7; R Munnelly 8, E O'Carroll 8, D Kingston 8. Subs: T Collins 7 for Byrne (HT), S O'Flynn 7 for Pigott (50), C Murphy 7 for Kingston (58), E Lowry 7 for Boyle (61), P Cahillane for Scully (71).

Longford - P Collum 8; P Fox 7, A Farrell 7, B O'Farrell 7; C Smyth 7, D McElligott 7, D Quinn 7; D Gallagher 8, M Quinn 7; R McEntire 6, J McGivney 7, D Mimnagh 7; D Doherty 8, C Berry, L Connerton 7. Subs: M Hughes 8 for Berry (inj, 19), J Keegan 7 for McEntire (HT), J Hagan for Hughes (65).

Referee - C Lane (Cork)

Quinn brace puts Down top

Down 2-12 Offaly 0-10

Two second-half goals from sub Corey Quinn on Saturday gave Down a fourth win in a row to boost their promotion prospects.

Down led 0-8 to 0-6 after an evenly-balanced first-half in Páirc Esler, but the home side bossed the second-half, with Donal O'Hare teeing up Quinn for a 53rd-minute goal.

Quinn added a stoppage-time second on the break to push Offaly down into the relegation places.

Bernard Allen and Donal O'Hare both hit 0-6, but the loss of Shane Horan through injury early in the second dented Offaly's challenge.

The sides were level four times in the first 25 minutes, but Down scored three of the four points before the break, Kevin McKernan and O'Hare on target for the home side.

Sub Niall McNamee scored Offaly's sole point from play in the second-half.

Scorers - Down: D O'Hare 0-6 (4f), C Quinn 2-0, C Mooney 0-2, J Johnston, K McKernan, D O'Hagan, R Burns ('45) 0-1 each Offaly: B Allen 0-6f, S Horan 0-2, N McNamee, P Cunningham (f) 0-1 each

Down - R Burns 7; G Collins 5, R Wells 7, R McAleenan 6; P Laverty 6, C Flanagan 6, D O'Hagan 8; C Mooney 7, J Flynn 5; D Guinness 6, C Poland 6, R Johnston 6: J Johnston 7, D O'Hare 8, K McKernan 7. Subs: C Quinn 8 for Flynn (24), C Maginn 7 for Collins (44), O McCabe 7 for R Johnston (66), D McKibben NR for Laverty (69).

Offaly - P Dunican 6; D Hogan 6, E Rigney 6, D Dempsey 6; C Donohoe 5, J Maloney 6, P McConway 6; E Carroll 5, C Mangan; S Horan 8, P Cunningham 6, N Darby 6; B Allen 7, A Sullivan 6, R McNamee 6. Subs: N McNamee 6 for Horan (40), S Tierney 6 for R McNamee (55), D Molloy 6 for Carroll (61), C Carroll 6 for Donohoe (62), N Bracken NR for Mangan (69).

Ref - A Nolan (Wicklow)

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