Friday 18 October 2019

Derry draw first blood against Leitrim

Division 4

A missed mark from 20 metres by Limerick's Seán McSweeney deep into added time meant that Wexford held on for a one-point win (~stock photo)
A missed mark from 20 metres by Limerick's Seán McSweeney deep into added time meant that Wexford held on for a one-point win (~stock photo)

This week's Division 4 action:

Derry 2-16 Leitrim 1-12

A dress rehearsal for the league final it may have been, but Derry drew first blood at Celtic Park, defeating Leitrim by seven points.

Shane McGuigan took the man-of-the-match honours with a classy 2-5, while his Slaughtneil clubmate Christopher Bradley also weighed in with six points.

Derry, however, stormed out of the blocks after the interval, and 1-7 without reply in the third quarter, the introduction of the all-action Padraig Cassidy proving the catalyst, all but sealed the win.

Gary Plunkett scored a goal for Leitrim on 54 minutes to give them faint hope but Derry confirmed the points when McGuigan scored his second goal late on.

Scorers - Derry: S McGuigan 2-5 (0-1f); C Bradley 0-6 (4fs); C McAtamney 0-2; N Keenan, M McEvoy and C Doherty 0-1 each. Leitrim: G Plunkett 1-0; Darragh Rooney 0-3 (3fs); D Flynn, E Mulligan, and S Moran 0-2 each; F McTague, D McGovern and C McGloin 0-1 each.

Wexford 0-14 Limerick 1-10

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A missed mark from 20 metres by Limerick's Seán McSweeney deep into added time meant that Wexford held on for a one-point win, their third of the campaign, at Innovate Wexford Park.

Earlier, it looked like McSweeney would be his side's saviour after scoring 1-1 following his introduction - reducing Wexford's lead to the bare minimum.

However, he struck to the left and wide with that last-gasp chance for a leveller, to the relief of the home side who had been ahead throughout.

Scorers - Wexford: J Bealin 0-5 (3f); C Devitt 0-4; E Nolan 0-3 (2 45s); N Hughes and K O'Grady 0-1 each. Limerick: S McSweeney 1-1 (0-1f); P Nash 0-3 (2f); C Fahy and I Corbett, J Lee (f) 0-2 each.

Waterford 2-9 London 0-7

Goals either side of half-time from Conor Murray helped Waterford climb to third in Division 4.

Shane Ahearne was prominent in the Déise midfield but Murray was the standout performer. He tapped home his first goal after a flowing team move and his second, after the break, was a stunning individual effort.

Scorers - Waterford: C Murray 2-0; J Gleeson 0-4; SWJ Mullaney 0-3, Barrett 0-2. London: L Gavaghan 0-4 (4f); K Butler 0-3.

Antrim 2-15 Wicklow 0-10

Two second-half goals from Matthew Fitzpatrick provided the killer blows in a deserved Saffron victory after they had led by just a point at the break.

Wicklow held a 0-6 to 0-3 lead on 27 minutes but the end of the first half belonged to Antrim as four unanswered points ensured the Saffrons led 0-7 to 0-6 at the interval.

Antrim looked a different side in the second half though, and on 40 minutes Fitzpatrick bagged the first of his two goals after being picked out by Eoin Nagle. And four minutes from time the St John's clubman finished through the legs of Wicklow goalkeeper Mark Jackson to seal the win.

Scorers - Antrim: M Fitzpatrick 2-3; R Murray 0-6 (5f); E Nagle 0-2; D Lynch, P McCormick, O Eastwood and K Quinn 0-1 each. Wicklow: A McLoughlin 0-3 (2f); P O'Connor and C McGraynor (f) 0-2 each; M Jackson (f), M Kenny and C O'Brien 0-1 each.

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