National League Division 3-4 round-up: Kildare begin life in third tier with victory over Westmeath
First-half goals from Daniel Flynn and Cian O’Donoghue helped Kildare open up life in Division 3 in a positive manner when overcoming Westmeath by 2-9 to 0-11 in Cusack Park.
John Heslin was in fine form for the hosts but their early momentum was punctured when Flynn scored a wonderful solo goal in the 20th minute.
O’Donoghue’s goal seven minutes later propelled the Lilies to a 2-6 to 0-8 interval lead and despite only scoring three points after the break, they held on with a large degree of comfort.
A 50th minute goal from Gary Brennan saw Clare confirm a relatively comfortable 1-11 to 0-7 victory over Sligo in their Division 3 opener in Miltown Malbay yesterday afternoon.
The visitors enjoyed a 0-4 to 0-2 interval lead but Clare pushed on upon the restart with Brennan's goal proving the pivotal score.
Beaten O'Byrne Cup finalists Longford suffered a second successive reverse in a week as they succumbed by 0-12 to 0-10 to Offaly in O'Connor Park.
The hosts trailed by two points at the break but crucial scores from Bernard Allen, Joe O'Connor, Niall McNamee and Graham Guilfoyle confirmed a narrow win for the Faithful.
It proved even tighter in the Gaelic Grounds as Munster rivals Limerick and Tipperary shared out a 1-12 to 2-9 draw.
It was Ian Ryan who salvaged a share of the spoils for the hosts with a 73rd minute leveller as Limerick recovered for a 1-6 to 0-5 interval deficit with Peter Acheson netting for the Premier on 16 minutes.
Peter Nash and Josh Keane traded goals upon the restart with Ryan's dramatic late intervention confirming the equitable result.
In AFL4, promotion favourites Antrim opened up positively with Kevin Niblock netting their only goal in their 1-12 to 0-10 win over Carlow at Netwatch Cullen Park.
Elsewhere, Louth, Wicklow and Wexford all enjoyed home wins over London, Waterford and Leitrim respectively.
Allianz FL Division 3
Clare 1-11 Sligo 0-07
Limerick 1-12 Tipperary 2-09
Offaly 0-12 Longford 0-10
Westmeath 0-11 Kildare 2-09
Allianz FL Division 4
Louth 2-09 London 0-09
Carlow 0-10 Antrim 1-12
Wexford 0-14 Leitrim 1-10
Wicklow 0-13 Waterford 1-08