Sligo, Cavan, Wexford and Louth have all won their NFL Division Three matches today.
Sligo 0-20, Roscommon 0-13
Galway native Kevin Walsh continues to work his Midas touch with Sligo – last year's Division Four champions will contest this campaign's Division Three final after a superb defeat of the already relegated Roscommon at Markievicz Park.
Although seven players shared Sligo's 20-points haul, David Kelly's all-round game meant he was the home side's most valuable forward, although Mark Breheny, the attack's most experienced forward, also shone.
Roscommon, although deflated in the second period, did make a game of it in the first half as their direct style contrasted with Sligo's multi-layered build-ups.
Breheny's fifth point of the first period put Sligo 0-10 to 0-5 up two minutes shy of the break but a couple of points from John Rogers and Darragh Hussey meant Roscommon were just three behind, 0-10 to 0-7.
John Rogers proved Roscommon's main scorer – he hit eight points in all, four of these second-half pointed frees – but bereft of their U-21 stars, including Donie Shine – Roscommon looked like a side already thinking about the lower tier in 2011.
Wexford had a two point victory over Antrim in an excellent Allianz Division 3 National Football League clash at Wexford Park today.
Antrim opened their account in the fifth minute with a Tommy O'Neill point before going on to kick three unanswered points through Michael McCann, Tomas McCann and Gerard O'Boyle, to bring the sides level 1-1 to 0-4 after fourteen minutes.
With Ciaran Lyng and Paddy Cunningham continuing to trade points it was two Lyng pointed frees close to the break that left Wexford leading 1-6 to 0-8 at the interval.
Within two minutes of the restart a Paddy Cunningham pointed free had the sides level, but with David Murphy superb at centre-back for Wexford, they managed to withstand the early second half Antrim onslaught.
The sides were still level 1-9 to 0-12 with 12 minutes remaining, but a superb save from home keeper Anthony Masterson denied Tomas McCann a goal six minutes from the end. With Antrim failing to score during the closing twelve minutes it was a Lyng point three minutes from the end that restored Wexford's lead, with Shane Roche pointing a 70th minute free to secure victory.
Fermanagh self-imploded as Cavan cruised to victory in a depressingly pedestrian NFL Division Three tie at Kingspan/Breffni Park.
The hosts deserved to garner the spoils but still failed to secure promotion to division two of the NFL for next season.
Tommy Carr's charges were greatly helped on their way by their profligate and leaderless opponents who recorded 19 wides in a dismal display.
Paraic Smith was the hat-trick hero and JP Rooney also smashed in two goals as Louth staged an incredible second half recovery to overwhelm 14-man Offaly at sunny O’Connor Park today. It was an amazing turnaround of twelve points but it wasn’t enough to gain Louth promotion from the third division.
The ‘Faithful’ cause wasn’t helped by the 47th minute dismissal of Conor Carroll with a straight red card.
Sligo 0-20 0-13 Roscommon
Cavan 0-11 0-07 Fermanagh
Wexford 1-11 0-12 Antrim
Offaly 3-10 5-09 Louth