Offaly recorded a slender one-point victory over Longford at Pearse Park on Saturday.
Playing with the advantage of the breeze, visitors Offaly led by two points at the break, thanks to a Joe O'Connor penalty. Longford fought back well and drew level at one stage in the second half but Offaly made the most of their scoring opportunities to close out the contest with one point to spare.
Scorers -- Offaly: J O'Connor 1-1 (1-0 pen), A McDonagh 0-2, B Cusen, G Mann 0-1 each. Longford: E Reilly (5f) 0-5, R Smyth, C Lynn 0-1 each.
Offaly -- C Clancy; D Flynn, A Camon, B Mitchell; T Mooney, C Lowry, J O'Connor; P Camon, G Mann; S Connennelly, A McDonagh, B Grehan; S Dolan, B Cusen, B Kelly. Subs: D Corbet for S Connennelly (ht), E Lowry for B Mitchell (10), S O'Brien for S Dolan (49).
Longford -- G Higgins; J Gill, S McKeon, M McHugh; A Baxter, J McGivney, J Rock; B Farrell, S Donohue; D O'Reilly, R Smyth, E Coughlan; C Lynn, E Reilly, M Rock. Subs: W O'Hara for R Smyth (28), R Smyth for E Coughlan (51), T Moran for R Smyth (61).
Ref -- R Cornally (Westmeath).
goals in either half helped Kildare to an eight-point victory against Louth in Darver on Saturday. Louth had the better of the opening period but trailed by two points at the break when Darren Fox netted for the Lilies in the 22nd minute. The teams went point for point after the break but Kildare scored 1-3 in the final five minutes, including a second goal from Jason Dunne, to wrap up the win.
Scorers -- Kildare: D Fox 1-1 (0-1f), J Dunne 1-1, S Pembroke 0-4 (2f), C Jennings 0-1. Louth: G Shevlin 0-3 (2f), S McQuillan, M Breen 0-1 each.
KILDARE -- M Donnellan; T O'Connell, S Higgins, H Flaherty; J Sharpe, D Fisher, C O'Donoghue; G Farrell, F O'Gorman; D Fox, A Phelan, Y Muller; J Dunne, S Pembroke, C Jennings. Subs: E Lynch for Muller (50); A Hanlon for Flaherty(50); G Savage for Phelan (59) J Gunne for O'Gorman (60).
LOUTH: A Conway; D McAnthony, D Hoey, A Kirwan; T O'Sullivan, B McConnor, C Grogan; M Breen, R McCabe; G Shevlin, S McQuillan, T Donegan; E Leavy, C Cunningham, P Graham. Subs: S Matthews for Cunningham (49) D Marks for O'Sullivan (10).