Football League Division 3 Round-Up

Only scoring difference separates Longford, Roscommon and Antrim at the top of Division 3 of the Allianz Football League after round 2 wins for Antrim, Sligo and Roscommon.

Only scoring difference separates Longford, Roscommon and Antrim at the top of Division 3 of the Allianz Football League after round 2 wins for Antrim, Sligo and Roscommon.

Antrim made the long journey to Semple Stadium in Thurles worthwhile as they registered back-to-back wins by beating Tipperary by 1-13 to 0-13.

A first half goal from James Loughrey was the difference between the sides at the end of an entertaining 70 minutes.

The Saffrons led by 1-08 to 0-07 at the interval and continued to edge ahead on the restart, with Tomas McCann (0-5) the visitors' scorer-in-chief while Paddy Cunningham also impressed for Antrim with three points.

In one of the highest scoring encounters of the weekend, Sligo claimed a 4-14 to 1-17 victory over Wexford at Markievicz Park.

Adrian Marren was the hosts' hat-trick hero, finishing with a total of 3-05.

Marren signalled Sligo's early intent and netted the Yeats County's first goal from the penalty spot.

Another Marren goal coupled with an Alan Costello three-pointer propelled Sligo in to a 3-07 to 0-07 interval lead.

PJ Banville claimed Wexford's lone goal on the restart and although the Slaneysiders came back into contention, Marren completed his hat-trick in injury-time to complete a runaway win.

Roscommon turned in strong second half performance to gain their second win of the campaign.

They overcame Offaly on a 0-12 to 1-06 score-line at O'Connor Park in Tullamore.

The sides were tied at 0-05 apiece at half-time.

Offaly registered the only green flag of the contest on the restart, but Roscommon stood firm as Des Newton's charges secured two valuable league points.

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