Neeson takes Antrim up a notch
Antrim 2-13 Wicklow 1-12
The excellent play of Tomas McCann and the dead ball accuracy of Brian Neeson propelled Antrim to victory over Wicklow and secured promotion to Division 3.
Playing with the wind, Antrim dominated and used the elements to open up a 1-8 to 1-3 half-time lead.
Wicklow had all the possession in the first five minutes and went a goal ahead when Gary Allen pounced on a loose ball, but the home side could not translate possession into points. By contrast, Antrim's first attack yielded a goal when Tomas McCann got his fist to the ball.
Wicklow indiscipline moved a couple of frees forward for Neeson to convert while his fellow forwards used the wind to shoot long-distance efforts.
Wicklow lost full-back Stephen Kelly to a second yellow early in the second half and a good goal by Neeson put Antrim ahead by seven with 15 minutes to go.
To their credit, Wicklow clawed the deficit back to three points, but five wides gave them no chance of victory. Patrick McBride fisted over a late point to ensure Antrim's rise to Division 3.
Scorers - Antrim: B Neeson 1-5 (5f), T McCann 1-1 (1f), M Sweeney, M McCann 0-2 each, M Fitzpatrick, P McBride, C Murray 0-1 each.
Wicklow: R Finn 0-6 (5f, 1 sl), P Cunningham 0-5 (4f), G Allen 1-0, D Healy 0-1.
Antrim - C Kerr 7; K O'Boyle 7, R Johnson 7, C Burke 7; N Delargy 6, M Johnson 7, J Laverty 7; N McKeever 8, J Carron 6; M Fitzpatrick 7, T McCann 8, M McCann 7; P McBride 6, M Sweeney 7, B Neeson 8. Subs: C Murray 7 for J Carron (h-t), R Murray 6 for M Sweeney (52), K Niblock 6 for M McCann (52).
Wicklow - R Lambert 6; C Hyland 6, S Kelly 6, E Murtagh 6; A Murphy 5, D Healy 6, K Murphy 6; R Finn 7, D Woods 6; D Hayden 6, G Allen 6, M Kenny 6; M O'Connor 6, P Cunningham 7, M Lennon 7. Subs: R O'Brien 6 for A Murphy (44), A McLoughlin 7 for D Woods (44), S Thompson 6 for M O'Connor (56), J Crowe 6 for E Murtagh (58), P McLoughlin 6 for K Murphy (58), P Byrne 7 for M Lennon (63).
Ref - B Cawley (Kildare)
Carlow put poor Leitrim to sword
Carlow 0-12 Leitrim 1-4
Leitrim failed to make any impression on a physically stronger and better organised Carlow who had a comfortable victory in a poor game played in wintry conditions at Páirc Seán Mhic Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday.
Aided by a strong wind, Leitrim started brightly with an Emlyn Mulligan point from play after five minutes, immediately cancelled out by a Chris Blake point from play.
Carlow's Brendan Murphy and Sean Gannon dominated the midfield exchanges and an increasingly pressurised Leitrim defence conceded several frees, four of which were excellently pointed by Paul Broderick without reply. Leitrim came more into the game in the closing stages of the half with two Mulligan points keeping them in touch as Carlow led 0-6 to 0-4 at half-time.
A Gary Kelly point from play immediately on the resumption put Leitrim on the back foot and despite their best efforts the home side were constantly forced back. Further points from Darragh Foley and Daniel St Ledger sealed a deserved Carlow win.
SCORERS - Carlow: P Broderick (4f) 0-4; D Foley 0-3 (3f); C Blake 0-2; D Hayden, G Kelly, D St Ledger 0-1 each. Leitrim: R Kennedy 1-0, E Mulligan 0-3 (1f), P Maguire 0-1.
CARLOW - R Molloy 7; B J Molloy 7, D St Ledger 8, G Power 7; G Kelly 8, B Kavanagh 8, D Hayden 8; B Murphy 9, S Gannon 8; A Kelly7, J Murphy, E Finnegan 7; P Broderick 8, D Foley 8, C Blake 8. Subs: D O'Brien for J Murphy (64), D Smith for C Blake (70).
LEITRIM - B Flynn 5; M Murphy 5, N Woods 5, M McWeeney 5; P Maguire 5, G Reynolds 5, S McWeeney 6; D Wrynn 5, S Moran 5; J Rooney 5, E Mulligan 6, K Conlon 6; N McDonnell 5, R Kennedy 6, C Gaffney 5. Subs: C Canning 5 for M Murphy (35), J McGreal 5 for N O'Donnell (35).
REF - P Maguire (Longford)
Greene the hero in Exiles win
London 0-13 Waterford 0-12
London celebrated their first success of the Division 4 campaign as Cathal Greene's injury-time winner sunk Waterford at Fraher Field.
The hosts led by 0-12 to 0-10 with two minutes remaining but the Exiles landed the last three points against the breeze to shade the verdict.
"This team has been beaten again and again and yet they still come back to the well. To get the last three scores shows big character," said London boss Ciaran Deely.
A fiery game consisted of 60 frees, nine yellow and one black card. London started brighter and established a 0-8 to 0-7 half-time lead.
Both sides missed glaring goal chances during the second half with Waterford's Stephen Enright making key saves.
Déise top scorer JJ Hutchinson slotted 0-9 (eight frees) and they seemed poised for victory when the Gaultier man sent them two points clear.
In a frantic conclusion, Enright parried Alfie McNulty's shot but Greene mopped up the rebound and won it for the visitors.
Scorers - London: M Gottsche (3f), A Hanlon (2f) 0-3 each, C Greene, L Mulvey, L Gavaghan, D Molloy, S Conroy (1f), D Moore, E Murray 0-1 each.
Waterford: JJ Hutchinson 0-9 (8fs), G Crotty 0-2, C Prunty 0-1.
Waterford - S Enright 8; T O hUallachain 7, M O'Gorman 6, T O'Gorman 6; M Curry 6, S Prendergast 6, R O Ceallaigh 6; T Prendergast 7, C Prunty 7; G Crotty 8, C Guiry 6, P Whyte 5; L Lawlor 6, JJ Hutchinson 9, J Veale 5.
Subs: M O'Halloran 6 for Whyte (26), S Corcoran 5 for Veale (49), J O'Mahony 5 for Lawlor (50).
London - G McEvoy 7; P Butler 6, C Carty 6, C O'Neill 6; D McGreevey 6, D Ryan 6, Colin Dunne 6; C Greene 7, L Mulvey 7; M Gottsche 8, L Gavaghan 7, D Molloy 6; D Moore 6, S Conroy 6, A Hanlon 8.
Subs: Ciaran Dunne 6 for O'Neill (29), E Murray 7 for Molloy (50), S Hickey 5 for Conroy (59), A McNulty for Moore (67), S Buckley for Mulvey (68, BC).
REF - S Lonergan (Tipperary)
Egan brothers send Limerick down
Sligo 3-10 Limerick 1-12
Sligo brothers Brendan and Brian Egan both netted second-half goals to condemn Limerick back to Division 4 in Markievicz Park yesterday.
Sligo relegated the Munster men and strengthened their own hopes of survival after a dominant display that saw them pull nine points clear at one stage in the second period.
Only a late Limerick rally led by midfielders Darragh Tracey and Thomas Lee put some respectability on the scoreline, but it could not save the Treaty men.
Tracey netted early for the visitors, but Kyle Cawley's superb goal helped put the home side into a 1-6 to 1-1 half-time lead, with the impressive Niall Murphy hitting three points.
Second-half goals from centre-back Brendan Egan and corner-forward Brian Egan, pushed the hosts well clear, but they took their foot off the gas in the final quarter.
To their credit, Limerick showed some fight and hit six points without reply to give the home fans a scare.
But Niall Carew's side were boosted by the return to fitness of key attacker Adrian Marren, and he chipped in with two second-half scores after replacing the injured Pat Hughes at half-time, with Sligo emerging four-point winners in the end.
SCORERS - Sligo: N Murphy 0-5 (2f), Kyle Cawley and Brian Egan 1-1 each, Brendan Egan 1-0 each, A Marren (1f) 0-2, A McIntyre 0-1; Limerick: D Tracey 1-1, I Ryan (4f) 0-4, P Nash 0-2, D Neville, B Fanning, T Lee, K Ryan and C Fahy 0-1 each.
SLIGO - A Devaney 7; D Maye 7, K McDonnell 7, C Harrison 6; Keelan Cawley 7, Brendan Egan 7, G O'Kelly-Lynch 6; A McIntyre 7, N Murphy 8; N Ewing 8, Kyle Cawley 8, C Davey 7; C Breheny 6, P Hughes 6, Brian Egan 7. Subs: A Marren 6 for Hughes (h-t), D Rooney 6 for O'Kelly-Lynch (52), L Henry 6 for Brendan Egan (62), P Clarke 6 for Brian Egan (63), N Gaughan for Davey (67).
LIMERICK - B Scanlon 5; J McCarthy 6, P Browne 5, S O'Dea 6; I Corbett 7, M Donovan 5, S Cahill 5; T Lee 6, D Tracey 7; C Sheehan 5, D Neville 7, A Enright 5; I Ryan 6, P Nash 6, G Noonan 5. Subs: C Fahy 6 for Donovan (38), K Ryan 6 for Enright (43), B Fanning 6 for Sheehan (BC, 57), S McSweeney 6 for Ryan (65), P White 6 for Cahill (65).
REF - P Faloon (Down)