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Lower Division Allianz Hurling League round-up


Lower Division Allianz Hurling League Round-up.

*Kerry’s *hurlers will have their Division 2A fate in their own hands when they travel to TEG Cusack Park in Mullingar next Saturday after they produced their best performance of the year so far to crush *Meath *on a 3-19 to 1-9 scoreline at Austin Stack Park in Tralee yesterday.

Alan Douglas got the visitors out to a perfect start with a goal after 90 seconds but despite playing into a fiercely strong wind, Kerry rallied with goals from Jack Goulding and Padraig Boyle, building up a 2-9 to 1-3 interval lead. Any faint hopes of a comeback were crushed two minutes after the restart when Daragh Kelly dropped Shane Conway's long distance free into his own net.

Westmeath remain the pacesetters in division 2A of the Allianz League but they didn’t have things all their own way and needed two goals at the start of the second half from Niall Mitchell to help them come from behind to beat London 2-12 to 1-10 at Ruislip.

London and Kildare will contest relegation from the division after Carlow cruised to a 3-13 to 1-6 win over the Lily Whites at Netwatch Cullen Park. Martin Kavanagh (2-7) and James Doyle (1-0) rattled in early goals as Carlow moved into a 3-12 to 0-1 interval lead, before Kildare salvaged some respectability after half time.

*Wicklow *coughed up a glorious chance to secure a huge win in Division 2B when they let a two point lead slip in Castlebar after losing Anthony Byrne to a straight red card in the closing stages. *Mayo’s *Kenny Feeney rounded off yet another prolific display as his late points wrapped up a first league final appearance in seven years for the Connacht men thanks to a 1-22 to 2-16 victory.

Donegal produced one of the shock results of the afternoon at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny when they recorded a 0-17 to 0-14 win over Down, keeping alive their hopes of promotion alive. A nip and tuck game was in the balance going into the closing stages before three points from Lee Henderson gave Donegal a lead that they retained up to the final whistle.

Eoin McGuinness and David McCreesh were the goalscorers for Armagh in their 2-18 to 1-15 basement battle win over *Derry *at Celtic Park.

Damien Casey (0-13) and Daniel Glynn (0-8) played out a freetaking battle at Omagh where Tyrone prevailed over Roscommon by 1-16 to 1-12 in the key fixture in division 3A. Warwickshire’s 2-17 to 3-13 win over Monaghan on Saturday gives them a huge boost in the hunt for a league final spot while Louth are also in the hunt after a 4-17 to 5-7 win over Longford.

Cavan secured their first competitive win since coming back to adult hurling as Philip Brady (2) and Cormac Wall scored the goals in their 3-8 to 0-16 win over Fermanagh, while Lancashire beat Sligo by 3-15 to 2-9 in the weekend’s other Division 3B fixture. 

 

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