Antrim on table top after Div 3 win

Antrim took over at the top of Allianz Football League Division 3 tonight, while Cavan registered their first win of the campaign.

Antrim took over at the top of Allianz Football League Division 3 tonight, while Cavan registered their first win of the campaign.

At Casement Park, Liam Bradley's Antrim charges always looked convincing in their 2-14 to 1-8 win over Offaly.

It was a game which saw ill-discipline cost Offaly, with brothers Shane and Anton Sullivan both seeing red - one in either half - as Gerry Cooney's side finished the game with 13 men.

Antrim led by 1-7 to 0-6 after 28 minutes, with Paddy Cunningham netting the opening goal of the night for the hosts, sending a low shot to the left of Offaly goalkeeper Alan Mulhall.

Shane Sullivan was given a straight red card just before the break for 'persistent fouling and abusive language'.

It did not get any better for Offaly before the interval as Antrim added another point to take a 1-8 to 0-6 half-time lead.

Tomas McCann pushed Antrim 2-8 to 0-6 ahead within 30 seconds of the restart, but Offaly battled back. The visitors registered 1-1 without reply including a Willie Mulhall goal.

However, Anton Sullivan was dismissed on a second yellow card, and Antrim closed out the game with six of the last seven points to ensure victory.

At Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan secured their first win of this year's league thanks to a 0-14 to 1-8 defeat of Connacht outfit Sligo.

Cavan were in superb form in the opening half and led by 0-10 to 0-3 at the interval.

The sides were tied at 0-2 apiece in the opening stages, but Cavan took firm control to register eight unanswered points, with Martin Dunne, Kevin Meehan and Gearoid McKiernan among the scorers.

Cavan edged 0-12 to 0-3 clear within six minutes of the restart, but Sligo hit a purple patch with points from Adrian Marren and a Colm McGee goal cutting the deficit to three points - 0-12 to 1-6.

But, crucially at this juncture, Sligo were reduced to 14 men following a second yellow card for Brendan Egan.

The Yeats County side cut the deficit to two points after McGee converted a 45-metre free, but two fine saves by Cavan goalkeeper James Reilly denied McGee a goal and a late score for the hosts settled the issue.

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