Burns sparks Louth's revival
Louth 1-16 Clare 0-13
Louth held Clare scoreless for the closing 27 minutes as they came from behind to claim their first victory of the year at the Gaelic Grounds yesterday.
Colin Kelly's side looked to be in danger of a second successive defeat, having trailed by three points, but they turned things around with a superb second-half display.
David Tubridy and Shane Hickey were both on the scoresheet twice as the visitors raced into an early lead.
The Wee County fought back well, however, with frees from Ryan Burns and Colm Judge either side of a Conor Grimes brace and an Adrian Reid goal.
But Clare rallied with three points in as many minutes drawing them level before Shane McGrath fired over to give them a 0-9 to 1-5 half-time lead.
However, with Burns and Declan Byrne contributing fantastic scores, Louth ran out easy winners.
Man of the Match: Patrick Reilly (Louth)
Scorers - Louth: R Burns 0-5 (0-2f), A Reid 1-1, C Judge 0-3 (0-1f), C Grimes 0-3, D Byrne 0-2 (0-1f), D Maguire 0-1, S O'Hanlon 0-1. Clare: D Tubridy 0-6 (0-2f), S McGrath 0-4, S Hickey 0-3.
LOUTH - N Gallagher 7; K Toner 7, P Reilly 8, P Rath 7; D Crilly 6, D Finnegan 7, D O'Hanlon 6; B Duffy 7, E O'Connor; 7 A Reid 7, D O'Connor 6, D Byrne 7; R Burns 8, C Grimes 7, C Judge 8. Subs: R Moore 6 for E O'Connor (33), D Maguire 6 for D O'Connor (h-t), A Williams 7 for D Crilly (40), J Stewart 7 for D O'Hanlon (44), S O'Hanlon 6 for A Reid (BC) (67).
Clare - J Hayes 7; S Collins 6; D Ryan 6, M McMahon 6; C Russell 6, G Kelly 6, J Malone 6; G Brennan 7, C O'Connor 6; S Collins 6, S Hickey 7, S McGrath 8; D Tubridy 7, S Brennan 7, P Burke 6. Subs: P Collins 6 for C Russell (BC) (40), K Sexton 6 for C O'Connor (41), C Dunning 6 for S Collins (62), M O'Leary 6 for P Burke (67), S Haugh 6 for S Hickey (69).
REF - M McNally (Monaghan).
Quigley proves key for Fermanagh
Fermanagh 0-14 Sligo 0-12
Pete McGrath’s Fermanagh made it back-to-back wins with a narrow defeat of injury-hit Sligo at Markievicz Park.
Despite being held relatively quiet from play, Sean Quigley hit six points from frees and seven in total to secure the win.
Fermanagh led by eight points to six at the break, thanks to scores from Quigley, Ryan Jones and Barry Mulrone.
The Yeats men lost Neil Ewing to a black card before the interval, but his replacement, Pat Hughes, scored two points.
Mark Breheny, Niall Murphy and Keelan Cawley also scored, but Sligo never pulled level, as Ryan Jones and Quigley added to their tally before Conall Jones kicked two vital scores after coming off the bench.
Man of the Match: Ryan Jones (Fermanagh