Wednesday 16 October 2019

Clare survive, Cork relegated on dramatic day of ups and downs

'Division 1 finalists four years ago, Cork football's fall from grace was complete despite a valiant effort in Armagh, where they beat the home side by 3-9 to 1-14.' Stock photo: Sportsfile
'Division 1 finalists four years ago, Cork football's fall from grace was complete despite a valiant effort in Armagh, where they beat the home side by 3-9 to 1-14.' Stock photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

There was drama at the basement of Division 2 of the Allianz Football League when Clare survived with a late flourish against Tipperary to condemn Cork to Division 3.

Division 1 finalists four years ago, Cork football's fall from grace was complete despite a valiant effort in Armagh, where they beat the home side by 3-9 to 1-14.

But they lost out to Clare on the head-to-head after the Banner came from five points down against Tipperary, who were also relegated.

The Division 3 final will not be played until April after wins for Westmeath and Louth ensured they both kept alive their promotion hopes.

Their clash, postponed because of the weather last week, is now expected to go ahead in Drogheda next weekend with the final being played a week later, within the designated 'club month'.

Laois have booked their place in Division 2, where they will be joined by either Westmeath or Louth, who beat Down by a point in Newry.

Down have 10 points - the same as Laois - but are one point behind the O'Moore County on score difference and that puts Division 2 football beyond their reach.

Westmeath and Louth both have a superior score difference to Down that will give them an advantage, no matter what permutations come up.

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Roscommon and Cavan have been relegated from Division 1 but Meath are back in the top flight for the first time in 13 years after their win over Fermanagh. They will meet Donegal in the Division 2 final at Croke Park next Saturday at 5.0.

That game will be preceded by the Division 4 final between Derry and Leitrim at 3.0.

Offaly avoided relegation to Division 4, coming from behind to beat Sligo in a dramatic finish. They finished level on five points with Carlow, who lost to Laois, but survive on the head-to-head.

The hurling and football finals will both go ahead on the same ticket in Croke Park next Sunday, with All-Ireland champions Limerick and Waterford meeting in the hurling decider at 2.0, with the football final between Kerry and Mayo throwing in at 4pm.

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