Allianz HL D2A, 2B, 3A and 3B round-up
Allianz Hurling League Division 2A
CARLOW 3-23 LONDON 0-15
*KERRY 1-23 KILDARE 0-10 *
Allianz Hurling League Division 2B
WICKLOW 2-21 DONEGAL 0-21
MAYO 0-13 DERRY 0-10
DOWN 3-15 ARMAGH 0-13
Allianz Hurling League Division 3A
ROSCOMMON 1-25 LONGFORD 1-10
TYRONE 2-15 MONAGHAN 0-17
LOUTH 1-16 WARWICKSHIRE 1-16
Allianz Hurling League Division 3B
LANCASHIRE 2-18 CAVAN 1-12
LEITRIM 2-12 FERMANAGH 0-11
By Kevin Egan
Next Sunday’s clash between Kerry and Meath at Austin Stack Park in Tralee looks like it could be a crucial eliminator in the battle for promotion from Division 2A, following the Kingdom’s crucial 1-23 to 0-10 win over Kildare at St. Conleth’s Park in Newbridge yesterday.
*Kildare *were competitive in the early stages but slipped 0-11 to 0-6 behind by half time and never looked like reeling in the visitors after half time, for whom Brendan O’Leary (1-5) led the way.
*Westmeath *remain in control of the Division after they edged out Meath in a hugely entertaining tie at Trim on Saturday afternoon, a goal from John Gilligan after 54 minutes the key score in their 1-19 to 1-18 victory. Jack Regan drove home a late penalty for the Royals to cap off a 1-12 tally for the Kiltale man, but a strong surge from Westmeath in the final quarter left them with too much to do.
Two goals for Marty Kavanagh and another from James Doyle helped Carlow to crush a dogged London resistance at Ruislip, with Colin Nelson red carded for the exiles in the late stages of the game.
Carlow remain in the 2A hunt with four points from three games after their 3-23 to 0-15 victory.
*Down *and *Mayo *remain the pacesetters in Division 2B after wins over Armagh and Derry yesterday.
Danny Toner, Paul Sheehan and Eoghan Sands hit the net as Down put Armagh to the sword at Ballycran. The home side were 12 points up just six minutes into the second half before easing to a 3-15 to 0-13 win. Derry led Mayo by 0-9 to 0-3 at half time at Celtic Park and added another score through Oisín McCloskey shortly after half time, but Mayo gradually reeled in their hosts and late scores from Kenny Feeney (2) and Keith Higgins gave them an 0-13 to 0-10 win over Derry, who lost Liam Murphy to a late red card.
Enda Donoghue and John Henderson got the key goals for *Wicklow *who are still in contention after their 2-21 to 0-21 win over *Donegal *at Aughrim.
0-13 from Daniel Glynn and 1-3 from Eamon Flanagan helped *Roscommon *to comfortably account for *Longford *at Dr. Hyde Park in Division 3A. Cathal Mullane scored 1-7 of Longford’s tally as the home side recorded a 1-25 to 1-10 victory. The Rossies seem destined for a showdown with *Warwickshire *in the final round after the Birmingham-based side drew 1-16 each with *Louth *at Darver.
Damien Casey shot 2-11 as *Tyrone *beat *Monaghan *by 2-15 to 0-17 in the other game in the division, while in Division 3B *Leitrim *beat *Fermanagh *by 2-12 to 1-11 and Lancashire were 2-18 to 1-12 victors over Cavan.