Allianz Football League – Div 3 & 4 – Review
Allianz Football League Division III
Antrim 4-6 Antrim 0-12
Longford 2-12 Wexford 1-13
Sligo 1-12 Roscommon 0-12
Tipp 0-11 Offaly 0-8
Some fascinating ‘promotion and relegation’ battles in the Allianz Football League on Sunday with Offaly being the big losers in Div 3 where Cavan were lucky to survive.
Div 4 , saw wins for Wicklow and Clare who meet in Aughrim next weekend with the winner being promoted .
Div 3 review:
Longford overcame Wexford 2-12 to 1-13 in the final match of their Div 3 campaign at Glennon Pearse Park with both sides already assured of promotion. The sides meet again in the div 3 final on 28 April at Croke Park.
Yesterday Longford overcame a strong challenge from Wexford who had defender Sean Culleton sent to the line in the first half. A hard fought encounter saw Longford hold a 0-7 to 0-6 interval lead.
Though Wexford – despite their numerical disadvantage – forged ahead 0-10 to 0-7, after the interval, the lead was short lived as goals from Brian Kavanagh and Michael Quinn put Glenn Ryan’s men ahead.
A Ciaran Lyng goal brought Wexford back into the game but Longford held on but Wexford will rue having had to play on with one man short for so long. Brian Kavanagh excelled for Longford. So a battle of the Ryans on Saturday 28th.
New manager, Cork man, Peter Creedon got his managerial career off to an auspicious start, as already relegated Tipperary registered a deserved 0-11 to 0-8 win over the Faithful county in Clonmel.
The Premier County had lost all of their previous League games. Offaly finish bottom of Div 3.
Barry Grogan, Michael Quinlivan and Barry O’Brien were in fine form for the Tipp men whilst Brian Connor was best for Offaly who had registered seven wides in the first fifteen minutes alone, and ten by the interval.
Difficult times for the faithful County and their supporters, especially with the Leinster Championship just ‘round the corner’.
Antrim gained a facile 4-6 to 0-12 win against relegation threatened Cavan with their goals coming from goals from Aodhán Gallagher, two from James Loughrey and another Colm Duffin major, while the Breffni men only escaped relegation courtesy of Tipp’s win over Offaly.
Only Martin Dunne was in scoring form for Cavan and he was stretchered from the field late in this encounter.
Sligo defeated Roscommon 1-12 to 0-12 at Markievicz Park before a surprisingly large crowd . A very entertaining game too with Adrian Marren again being the Sligo hero. Ross Donovan played his part in a fine rearguard action as the Rossies fought back.
Cathal Cregg and Senan Kilbride were seen to advantage for the visitors .With no promotion or relegation at stake here there was nonetheless much for the big crowd to enjoy in this closely contested battle .
Allianz Football League Division IV:
Fermanagh 1-16 Carlow 0-8
Clare 2-29 Kilkenny 1-4
Leitrim 0-15 Waterford 1-8
Wicklow 1-16 London 0-12
Fermanagh gained promotion from Div 4 with that 1-16 to 0-8 win over Carlow at Dr Cullen Park though they will need to wait another week before they know who will be their opponents in the divisional final.
Daniel Kille with 1-7 of their total was outstanding for Peter Canavan’s side and though Carlow tried hard they were never really in the game at the home of Carlow football.
Wicklow’s win at Ruislip and Clare’s heavy defeat of Kilkenny mean that next weekend’s fixture at Aughrim will prove decisive as to who joins Fermanagh in that final on 28th April.
A late goal from Leighton Glynn , from the penalty spot, made the result in Ruislip look more decisive than it really was and the Garden County side will need to show better form if they are to overcome Clare next week.
As expected, Clare were much too strong for Kilkenny winning as easily as the 2-29 to 1-4 score line suggests, though the Cats never gave up at Cusack Park. A Darren O’Neill goal in the 15th minute and nine David Tubridy points
put Clare well on the road to next week’s crunch game against Wicklow.
Nothing at stake but pride as Leitrim overcame Waterford 0-15 to 1-8 in Carrick on Shannon. Eight of those points coming from the boot of Emlyn Mulligan, seven of them frees. For Waterford, Liam O’Lionain – as always –had a fine game and got their only goal but without the O’Gormans and Gary Hurney they were always fighting a losing battle.