Allianz Hurling League round-up
Allianz HL Division 2A
Westmeath 2-20 London 2-07
Antrim 2-18 Armagh 2-11
Kildare 2-17 Carlow 1-20
Allianz HL Division 2B
Derry 3-16 Roscommon 0-12
Meath 2-19 Mayo 0-15
Wicklow 1-18 Down 0-11
Allianz HL Division 3A
Donegal 1-21 Monaghan 2-13
Tyrone 1-23 Louth 2-10
Allianz HL Division 3B
Leitrim 1-15 Sligo 3-17
Antrim have surged to the top of Division 2A of the Allianz Hurling League thanks to their 2-18 to 2-11 victory over Armagh.
A Ciaran Clarke goal after 22 minutes helped the Saffrons into a four point half-time lead, but Armagh came out fighting after the break.
The Orchard County took the lead 14 minutes into the second-half, but that was Antrim’s cue to move up through the gears.
The impressive Deaglan Murphy landed some sweet points and then Connor McCann made the result safe with Antrim’s second goal.
Antrim now have seven points from four matches which is one more than second-placed Carlow who drew with third-placed Kildare today in a thrilling tie at Newbridge.
It looked like the Lilywhites were set for victory when they led by three points four minutes from the end, but Craig Wall’s goal for Carlow ensured a grandstand finish.
Kildare were still holding onto a one-point lead deep in injury-time, but then Marty Kavanagh ensured a share of the spoils for Carlow when he converted a last-gasp ’65.
In today’s other Allianz Hurling League Division 2A clash, Westmeath proved too strong for an indisciplined London who had three men red-carded.
Goals from Derek McNicholas and Dara Egerton helped the Midlanders to a convincing 13-point win.
In Division 2B, Wicklow strengthened the position at the top of the table with a 10-point win over Down.
The Garden County have won four matches from four, but Meath are still breathing down their necks thanks to a convincing win away to Mayo.
The Royals have also won all of their matches in the Division, but have played a game less than Wicklow.
In today’s other Division 2B match, Derry had a handsome 13-point win over Roscommon.
Monaghan lost their first match in Division 3A after going down to a five-point defeat to Donegal, but remain top of the table, two points ahead of their conquerors who have played a game less.
Louth suffered a 10-point defeat to Tyrone which is their fifth defeat from as many matches in the Division.
In Division 3B, Sligo registered their first win of the campaign thanks to a convincing victory over neighbours Leitrim.