Round-up: Sunday's Allianz FL D3 and D4 action
Allianz Football League Division Three
DERRY 0-10 TIPPERARY 0-5
CORK 0-16 DOWN 1-8
LONGFORD 2-14 LEITRIM 1-9
Allianz Football League Division Four
LIMERICK 1-7 CARLOW 0-9
ANTRIM 0-14 LONDON 0-10
Cork made it three-from-three in Division 3 of the Allianz Football League with a 0-16 to 1-8 victory over Down.
The Rebels finished with 13 men at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, but they still managed to pull off a comfortable win, while Longford and Derry were also successful.
Storm Ciara wreaked havoc throughout the country over the weekend, and Louth’s meeting with Offaly was postponed. But the other three fixtures in Division Three went ahead as planned.
Cathal O’Mahony and Damien Gore fired 0-6 between them as Cork continued to pile on the pressure in their bid for promotion right back to Division 2.
Backed by the wind the hosts held a massive 0-8 to 0-2 lead at half-time and despite Cory Quinn’s goal, Down’s comeback came up short.
Even playing against the breeze in the second half Cork still dominated this game. O’Mahony and Tadhg Corkery scored some fine efforts during their periods in the ascendancy.
Sean White was sent-off for a second yellow card with 15 minutes remaining, but the damage was already done. Cork were 0-14 to 0-6 in front before Kevin Crowley left the field injured and Quinn scored the consolation.
Reigning O’Byrne Cup champions Longford remain unbeaten in the league this year, and their 2-14 to 1-9 dismissal of Leitrim at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, was very impressive.
Longford held a narrow 1-7 to 1-5 advantage at the half-time interval, and they excelled in the second half with Terry Hyland’s men unable to stay in the fight.
Mickey Quinn and Rian Brady scored the Longford goals either side of half-time meaning Darren Rooney’s strike was only a consolation.
Tipperary had to play with 12 men at one stage against Derry and limped their way to a 0-10 to 0-5 defeat at Celtic Park.
It was Derry’s first win of League this year, after they took a 0-4 to 0-3 lead into half-time in a slugfest.
Tipperary had a dreadful second half with Steven O’Brien and Daire Brennan both red carded, while John Meagher and Alan Campbell were shown black.
Derry went through the gears and worked their way to a five-point win with the prolific Shane McGuigan accounting for 0-7.
Limerick took full advantage of the interrupted weekend to pull clear at the top of Division 4 in the Allianz Football League.
Wicklow and Sligo’s game went by the wayside, and while Wexford produced a narrow 2-3 to 0-8 win at Waterford on Saturday evening, there was a reshuffle in the standings.
Antrim won away to London, and as a result, Limerick sit top on six points with Sligo, Antrim and Wexford all tied on four points behind them.
A penalty was decisive in Limerick’s, 1-7 to 0-9, victory over Carlow at Dr Cullen Park. But Iain Corbett drove the ball over the bar to seal the win.
The teams were level at half-time even though Carlow dominated much of the first half, playing against the strong breeze.
Paul Broderick scored all of Carlow’s points from frees as the hosts raced into a 0-4 to 0-0 lead, and already looked well-placed for victory. But Limerick rallied before half-time and points from Cillain Fahy, Adrian Enright (two) and Robert Childs.
Carlow had a deadly final quarter and looked set for the win when Brendan Murphy, Seán Gannon (two), substitute Darragh Foley and Broderick scored but there was a twist.
Left-half back Childs got forward to score the crucial goal before Danny Neville was fouled in the penalty area, and Corbett finished things off.
London lost both of their opening two fixtures and they couldn’t register a priceless win, as Antrim came to McGovern Park in Ruislip, and left with a 0-14 to 0-10 victory.
The Saffrons are desperate for promotion in 2020 and they remain in contention after they built an unassailable 0-9 to 0-1 half-time lead.
Paddy Cunningham finished off with 0-4 and with Paddy McBride and Dermot McAleese contributing 0-6 between them, Antrim were too strong.