Down and Westmeath continue winning ways in Division 3

February 18, 2024

Wicklow's Fintan O'Shea with Danny McCartan of Westmeath ©INPHO/Ben Brady

Down kept their 100% record in Division 3 of the Allianz FL intact this afternoon by handing neighbours Antrim a comprehensive 1-15 to 1-6 defeat at Corrigan Park.

After a shaky start, Patrick McAleer’s goal in the 11th minute had levelled things for the hosts but the Mourne men got motoring again as points via Pat Havern (2) and Liam Kerr helped send them towards a 0-7 to 1-2 lead at the interval.

The second-half saw Conor Laverty’s men dominate large portions and they capped off their third win in-a-row with a Ceilim Doherty goal in injury-time.

In Aughrim, Dessie Dolan’s Westmeath side also recorded their third straight win by seeing off Wicklow (1-13 to 0-10).

Kieran Martin netted the game’s only goal 15 minutes in, which had surged the visitors in front as they went on to take in a 1-5 to 0-4 advantage at the half.

Senan Baker and Ronan O’Toole sent over points early in the restart to extend the Lake men’s lead, and more frees from Baker along with the points of Danny McCartan saw them winning out by six in the end.

Clare made their goals count against Offaly to come from behind and pick up their second win of the competition on a 2-10 to 1-12 scoreline in Tullamore.

Anton Sullivan’s goal had the hosts in a commanding 1-10 to 0-4 lead after 17 minutes of the second-half prior to a Ciaran Downes penalty giving the Banner men hope.

The points of Emmet McMahon and Diarmuid O’Donnell (2) kept the heat on the Leinster side and on the 70-minute mark they’d concede another Downes goal ahead of points from Cormac Murray and Daniel Walsh that sealed Clare’s comeback.

Offaly were handed a lifeline moments from the end when they were awarded a penalty, but Peter Cunningham's effort blazed over the bar.

In Rathkeale, Tony McEntee’s Sligo side booked their second victory by seeing off Limerick (1-12 to 0-10).

Paul McNamara scored the Yeats men’s goal in the run up to half-time as they went on to condemn the Shannonsiders to a third loss on the trot.


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