NFL Division 4: Antrim and Louth head for Division 3
A Conor Grimes goal helped Micky Harte’s men on their way to an 8 point win in Netwatch Cullen Park.
The former Tyrone maestro has gotten the Wee County up to Division 3 at the first time of asking while Niall Carew will have to plan for another year at the foot of the leagues.
Good performances from Ciaran Keenan and Sam Mulroy helped the visitors to a 0-9 to 0-5 lead after half an hour before Ciaran Byrne’s storming run down the middle ended up with Grimes palming to the net.
Jamie Clarke never gave up the fight for Carlow and deservedly grabbed a consolation goal from the penalty spot and they now turn their attention to Longford in 2 weeks time.
Louth will take confidence to Navan where they face Offaly on the 27th June.
It’s a long trip back to the Glens from Fraher Field but a happy one for Antrim who were promoted from Division 4 after a 1-15 to 11 point win over Waterford.
The home team never got out of the blocks and couldn’t stop the attacking prowess of the Saffron’s who went 7 points to no score ahead after 24 minutes.
Ruairi McCann and Odran Eastwood were the scorers in chief while Jason Curry kickstarted the Waterford charge but couldn’t stop a double score lead at half time. 8 points to 4.
Conor Murray helped stretch the advantage while McCann’s point after 43 minutes gave the Saffron’s a 12 point to 6 lead.
The comeback was never coming and the game was finished as a contest when Eastwood drilled the ball into the net with 5 minutes remaining.
Waterford will pick up the pieces in the Munster championship against Limerick while Antrim will bring all the momentum to their clash with Armagh on the 4th of July
Wexford picked the right time to pick up their first win under Shane Roche as they had too much for Sligo to pick up the Division 4 Shield with a 2-15 to 0-09 win in Portlaoise.
Goals in either half from Ben Brosnan and Liam Coleman brought silverware back to the South East and sets them up nicely for a clash with neighbours Wicklow in Leinster.
Tony McEntee’s side were blunt going forward and porous at the back with Niall Murphy top scoring with 4 points, 3 of those from frees.
Veteran Brosnan coolly slotted home the first goal of the game 22 minutes in after Mark Rossiter’s mark was played on, his pass found Kevin O’Grady who gave the Castletown man a tough task of curling it in but he did so with ease.
Sligo could never raise a gallop and never got within 7 points of the lead and young Coleman’s brave forward run was rewarded when he raised the green flag in added time.
The Yeats County will want to buck up their ideas. No wins at all this year and a daunting Connacht Quarter Final against Mayo coming up on the 26th