Allianz FL D3 round-up
Allianz NFL Division 3
LONGFORD 1-6 OFFALY 0-9
DOWN 1-12 SLIGO 1-10
After two rounds of games no team has a 100 per cent record in Division 3 of the Allianz Football League, but Down claimed their first win of the competition with a 1-12 to 1-10 away victory against Sligo.
But it appeared as if the home side were on their way to the win when Sean Carabine pointed them in front in added-time, only for Down to rock them with an even later goal from Caolan Mooney in the final attack of the match.
A goal from Pat Hughes had Sligo into the lead after just five minutes in a game played at Connolly Park, Collooney, but Paul Devlin and Pat Havern settled Down, before a couple of Donal O’Hare points saw them close to within two points at the break, 1-5 to 0-6.
Devlin had Down level three minutes after the restart, but after the sides swapped points on a couople of occasions in a tight second period, Sligo’s hopes faded when goal scorer Hughes was sent off with four minutes to go.
An O’Hare free was cancelled out by Niall Murphy’s score at the other end, and despite Carabine thinking he’d won it for Paul Taylor’s side, Mooney’s goal sealed the win for the Ulster men.
While Sligo remain rooted to the foot of the table without a point to their name, Offaly got off the mark as Bernard Allen’s last minute free earned them a share of the spoils at Pearse Park.
A goal from Darren Gallagher after just five minutes had given Longford an early advantage, and with Gallagher on free-taking duty, Longford were only 1-3 to 0-3 ahead at half-time.
Two points from Allen trimmed Offaly’s deficit after the restart, while Shane Tierney levelled matters by the fourth minute of the second-half.
Points from Michael Quinn and Gallagher looked to have put Longford in control as time ticked away, but Eoin Carroll and Allen kicked the vital scores for Offaly to seal the draw late on.
In Saturday’s Division 3 action Louth were impressive winners over Laois on a 3-8 to 1-9 scoreline, while Carlow and Westmeath had to be happy with a point each after their Cusack Park meeting finished 2-7 to 1-10.