Win keeps Monaghan top of Division 3

Monaghan top Division 3 of the Allianz Football League, while there were wins also for Meath, Roscommon and Fermanagh today.

Win keeps Monaghan top of Division 3

Monaghan top Division 3 of the Allianz Football League, while there were wins also for Meath, Roscommon and Fermanagh today.

There were goals galore in Clones this afternoon as Monaghan came out on top against Wicklow by 5-13 to 3-10 at St. Tiernach's Park.

Paul Finlay, Conor McManus (2), Colin Walshe and Dermot Malone were the goal scorers for the Farney men.

However, it was Wicklow who got off to the perfect start with Austin O'Malley's 11th-minute goal helping them to a 1-2 to 0-0 lead at the end of the opening quarter.

Monaghan's scoring deadlock was broken by Finlay in the 17th minute, and in the 19th minute the hosts claimed their first goal from McManus.

Monaghan led by 2-6 to 1-6 at the break, with Finlay bagging a 28th minute goal. The hosts pushed further ahead on the restart thanks to points from McManus and Tommy Freeman, before McManus completed Monaghan's hat-trick.

DIT's Sigerson Cup-winning captain Walshe bagged Monaghan's fourth goal to ensure a 4-11 to 1-8 lead at this stage, but Wicklow failed to give up.

O'Malley bagged a second goal for Wicklow, while Seanie Furlong scored the Garden County's third, but it was too little too late with Malone's goal cementing the home victory late on.

Meath were 1-17 to 2-12 winners over Sligo in Páirc Tailteann in Navan. This game was tight in nature throughout, with the visitors leading by 2-9 to 1-5 at the interval.

Shane McManus and Adrian Marren scored a goal each in the open first 11 minutes. Stephen Bray netted Meath's first half goal, and the Royals certainly dug deep in the second half.

Meath upped their game on the restart, with David Larking, Michael Newman and Brian Meade helping to cut the gap to two points entering the final quarter.

Marren landed two points from frees, but Graham Reilly, Newman and Lenihan left the score at 2-12 to 1-14 in the 65th minute.

Meath continued to press hard with a brace of Newman points coupled with a score from substitute Joe Sheridan ensuring a two-point success.

Roscommon failed to let their long journey to Belfast affect them as they came away with an 0-11 to 1-6 triumph over Antrim at Casement Park.

The Connacht outfit were deserving winners in a game where the Saffrons only bagged their goal in the final minute.

Indeed Frank Dawson's charges only registered one first half point, as Roscommon led by 0-7 to 0-1 at the interval.

Antrim's point came from Conal Kelly in the 29th minute, while Cathal Cregg and Donie Smith impressed for Roscommon.

Meanwhile, Fermanagh claimed their third win of the campaign by overcoming Cavan 1-12 to 1-10 at Kingspan Breffni Park.

Both goals came late in this game from the penalty spot, with Fermanagh leading by 0-8 to 0-7 at half-time.

Cavan were reduced to 14 men in the second quarter, following the dismissal of Belturbet clubman Damien Reilly.

Fermanagh found themselves a man down also - a minute after the restart - when Barry Owens was sent to the line, but Peter Canavan's charges dug deepest as they got back to winning ways.

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