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Ryan O'Rourke scored a goal for Leitrim in their Allianz Football League Division 4 victory over Wicklow. 
Ryan O'Rourke scored a goal for Leitrim in their Allianz Football League Division 4 victory over Wicklow. 

Allianz FL D4 round-up

Allianz Football League Division 4





Leitrim, Derry and Limerick are sitting pretty at the top of the Allianz NFL Division 4 standings with perfect records after the opening two weekends of league action.

Derry put in a strong second-half display to shake off the challenge of London in Ballinascreen, but in the end the Oak Leaf county were impressive.

Ciaran McFaul and Paddy Coney kicked points for Derry before captain Liam Gavaghan got London up and running, but with Sammy Bradley and Emmet Bradley on song Derry raced into a 0-7 to 0-2 lead by the 25th minute.

Gavagan and Ryan Jones added points for London before a goal from Adrian Hanlon pulled the Exiles to within a point of their hosts four minutes from the interval, while David Dunne levelled the scores, although Derry worked their way to a 0-10 to 1-5 half-time lead.

That was as close as London got though, and points from Sammy and Emmet Bradley either side of McFaul’s second put Derry into the driving seat and they ran out easy seven-point winners.

Meanwhile, a Patrick Begley goal in the closing stages saw Limerick pick up their second win of the competition after they edged a tight clash with Waterford at Rathkeale.

Limerick trailed for less than a minute of this game after Waterford started the scoring early on, but a spirited showing from Billy Lee’s side saw them build their lead. Seamus O’Carroll and Peter Nash kicked the early scores from Limerick, while Sean McSweeney also pointed before half-time, to put Limerick 0-9 to 0-5 ahead by the interval.

After Jamie Lee’s effort after the break Conor Murray landed the first of his three second-half points for Waterford, but it wasn’t to be as Begley’s late goal wrapped up the win.

Elsewhere, a late Ryan O’Rourke goal helped Leitrim to their second win in a week as the Connacht side ran out 1-16 to 1-12 winners in Aughrim.

Points from Shane Moran and Gary Plunkett were also needed in that late comeback for Leitrim after the home side had held a 1-12 to 0-14 lead with one minute of normal time remaining.

The first score of the game didn’t arrive until the 14 minute but Mark Doyle’s goal was the key moment of the opening half as Wicklow controlled affairs to lead by 1-5 to 0-7 at half-time.

Leitrim were confident though, and points from Damien Moran and Evan Sweeney put Leitrim ahead by the 40th minute.

Mark Jackson and Conor McGraynor led the Wicklow fightback as they reclaimed the lead, only for O’Rourke to strike late on to seal a memorable win for Leitrim.

And in Wexford Park, Daithi Waters' goal gave Wexford their first win of the division and leaves Antrim without a pointing after a tight tussle today.

Wexford had Glen Malone sent off five minutes after the break, but after Waters’s goal they held steady and Jonathan Bealin finished with five points for the Leinster side in victory.

In a tight first half Ryan Murray pointed twice for Antrim as the teams exchanged the lead in a typical Division 4 battle, and it was no shock to see them level 0-5 each at half-time.

Stephen Beatty had put Antrim in front before Malone’s sending off, but Waters’s goal was the decisive score and gave the home side enough of a cushion to close out the win.

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