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Brosnan points way as Galvin gets off the mark

Allianz NFL division 4: Wexford 2-10 Carlow 1-6


Wexford's Ben Brosnan

Wexford's Ben Brosnan


Wexford's Ben Brosnan

Wexford cruised to victory in this lacklustre clash at Wexford Park on Saturday afternoon.

Ben Brosnan was Wexford's key attacker in Paul Galvin's first win having lost the opening league game along with three O'Byrne Cup outings.

The Model men were slow to take advantage of the strong wind, leading by just 0-2 to 0-1 after 20 minutes. Carlow were punished for their lack of invention in the 21st minute when Brosnan steered a shot across 'keeper Robert Sansom to the net.

Brosnan tagged on two points, one free, to stretch his side's lead, before Wexford struck for their second goal in the 31st minute. Conor Carty picked out Brosnan, who placed Jonathan Bealin to palm to the net on their way to a 2-6 to 0-2 interval lead. Both Carlow points came from Diarmuid Walshe frees.

Carlow restarted with intent, Darragh Foley pointing a free before John Murphy rifled home a penalty after Foley was fouled. Further points from Foley and Seán Gannon left four points separating the sides, 2-6 to 1-5, with ten minutes remaining.

However, points from Brosnan and Mark Rossiter sealed victory for the Model County, with Carlow failing to score from play over the entire contest.

SCORERS - Wexford: B Brosnan 1-5 (1f); J Bealin 1-1; M Rossiter 0-2; I Meegan (f), J Stafford 0-1 each. Carlow: J Murphy 1-0 (pen); D Walshe 0-3 (3f); D Foley 0-2 (2f); S Gannon 0-1 (f).

Wexford - I Meegan 7; M O'Connor 7, G Sheehan 7, C Carty 6; R Devereux 7, B Malone 7, E Nolan 6; G Malone 7, N Hughes 7; S Nolan 7, J Stafford 6, T Byrne 6; M Rossiter 7, J Bealin 7, B Brosnan 8. Subs: M Molloy 6 for Nolan (48); C Devitt 6 for Byrne (54); J Rossiter 6 for M Rossiter (60); S Doyle 6 for Carty (65); R Crosbie for Stafford (68).

Carlow - R Sansom 7; M Bambrick 6 , S Remond 7, N Roche 6; J Morrissey 7, R Walker 7, C Doyle 6; S Murphy 7, E Ruth 6; J Murphy 6, D Foley 7, D O'Brien 6; S Gannon 6, B Murphy 7, D Walshe 6. Subs: J Moore 6 for Bambrick (48); C Crowley 6 for Doyle ( 49); R Dunphy 6 for O'Brien (64); Simon Doyle for J Murphy (66).

REF - S Mulhare (Laois).


O'Connor fires Sligo to hard-earned win

Sligo 0-15 Antrim 0-14

Sligo captain Patrick O'Connor put on a man-of-the match display at Markievicz Park to guide the Yeats men to back-to-back league wins.

The midfielder hit six points as the home side held on for a one-point victory against battling Antrim.

O'Connor opened the scoring with a good point from play, before Liam Gaughan landed a free and Red Óg Murphy hit the first of his two first-half points.

Paddy Cunningham then claimed his first score of the day from play for Antrim - a feat matched by Declan Lynch and Eunan Walsh as the Saffrons levelled.

Conor Murray claimed two points from play to give Antrim the advantage, before Darragh Cummins and Sean Carrabine responded to swing the tie back in favour of Sligo by the break (0-9 to 0-8).

Sligo subs Gerard O'Kelly-Lynch and Pat Hughes made an immediate impact, while Kevin Quinn was sin-binned for fouling O'Kelly-Lynch.

Sligo took advantage, with O'Connor and Keelan Cawley adding points.

Antrim battled back again, helped by Odhrán Eastwood's score from a mark. They had a chance to level from a free, but Cunningham miscued.

Murphy was sent off late on for two bookings, but O'Connor rounded off a great day's work with the decisive score from a late free.

SCORERS - Sligo: P O'Connor 0-6 (3f); R Óg Murphy, L Gaughan (1f) 0-3 each; S Carrabine, D Cummins, K Cawley 0-1 each. Antrim: P Cunningham 0-8 (6f); C Murray 0-2; E Walsh, D Lynch, C Dufflin, O Eastwood (1f) 0-1 each.

SLIGO - A Devaney 7; JF Carr 6, E McGuinness 7, M Gordon 7; N Mullen 6, P McNamara 6, S Carrabine 7; P O'Connor 9, P Kilcoyne 7; Keelan Cawley 7, N Ewing 6, D Cummins 7; L Gaughan 6, C Lally 6, R Óg Murphy 8. Subs: G O'Kelly-Lynch 8 for Ewing (ht), P Hughes 8 for Lally (43), J O'Reilly 6 for Cawley (54), S Coen 7 for Cummins (57), A Marren 6 for Gaughan (70).

ANTRIM - O Kerr 7; P Gallagher 7, R Johnston 7, K Quinn 5; D Lynch 7, J McAuley 6, P Healy 6; R McCann 7, M Jordan 7; E Walsh 7, P McBride 6, N Delargy 6; P Cunningham 8, C Dufflin 7, C Murray 8. Subs: C Small 6 for McBride (42), O Eastwood 7 for Walsh (54), D McAleese 6 for Dufflin (58), E Nagle 6 for McCann (67).

REF - N McKenna (Monaghan).

Irish Independent