Down deny Derry late on as Wicklow thump Donegal

March 12, 2023

Down's Paul Sheehan

Pearse Óg McCrickard’s free deep in injury-time ensured Down a share of the points against Derry in round four of the Allianz Hurling League this afternoon.

It finished 0-23 to 1-20 in Ballycran, where both sides for their first point on the board in Division 2A.

Cormac O’Doherty’s penalty two minutes was an early blow to the Mourne men but they’d kick on from it as the points of McCrickard, Tim Prenter and Liam Savage sent them towards a 0-14 to 1-6 half-time lead.

Derry cut down that lead in the third quarter and would eventually draw level through a couple of O’Doherty frees before John Mullan’s point had them in front with seven minutes to go.

O’Doherty and McCrickard traded frees after that ahead of the latter sailing one over in the fifth minute of injury-time to seal a draw for the hosts.

In Division 2B, Wicklow moved two points clear of Donegal and Tyrone in the table by handing the Tir Chonaill men a 2-24 to 0-11 trouncing in Letterkenny.

Having led 0-14 to 0-5 at the halfway stage, the goals came in the second-half for the Garden men via Sam O’Dowd and Gavin Weir.

With Meath having confirmed their Division 2B final berth yesterday, their Leinster counterparts now look like favourites to join them in the decider after today’s result.

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