Cole points pivotal in Meath comeback

Michael Cole scored seven second-half frees as Meath's hurlers erased an 11-point deficit to secure a 0-16 to 2-10 draw with Derry in Navan today.

Michael Cole scored seven second-half frees as Meath's hurlers erased an 11-point deficit to secure a 0-16 to 2-10 draw with Derry in Navan today.

Cole was pivotal to the Royals' comeback after they had been left trailing by 2-9 to 0-4 at the break in an end-to-end NHL Division 2A clash.

Ruairí Convery and Kevin Hinphey both found the net in the first half as the visitors bossed the opening 35 minutes, despite having corner-back Sean McCullagh sent off on the quarter-hour mark for his second bookable offence.

Convery's strike came from an eighth-minute penalty, following a foul on Sean McBride. He went on top score 1-5 while Hinphey, who netted in the 34th-minute, bagged a personal tally of 1-3.

But Meath came good in the second half, using their numerical difference to grab a share of the spoils.

John Mitchell's Wicklow side, meanwhile, continue to lead the way at the top of the Division 2A table after they beat neighbours Carlow 2-14 to 1-8 at Dr Cullen Park today.

Goals from full-forward Sean Furlong (two minutes) and corner forward Wayne O'Gorman (14) helped Wicklow secure their third straight win of the campaign.

Laois put the disappointment of their recent defeat to Wicklow behind them at Keady as they grabbed a comprehensive 3-15 to 1-5 win over Armagh. The midlanders leapfrogged both Derry and Meath up to second in the table.

Mayo missed out on a chance to join Westmeath at the top of the Division 2B standings as they could only draw 0-6 to 0-6 with London at Castlebar.

It was the Exiles who were left disappointed at the finish as Mayo required an injury-time score from their star player Keith Higgins to rescue a draw, with London gaining their first point of the 2007 league.

Results:

National Hurling League:

Division 2A:

Armagh 1-5 Laois 3-15, Keady

Meath 0-16 Derry 2-10, Pairc Tailteann

Carlow 1-8 Wicklow 2-14, Dr. Cullen Park

Dvision 2B:

Mayo 0-6 London 0-6, Castlebar

Kerry 1-12 Westmeath 4-11, Tralee (played Saturday).

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