McCormack shoots Longford to victory over Offaly
GERRY COONEY'S maiden voyage as Offaly football manager hit a major glitch yesterday in Pearse Park when his new charges were hammered, 2-15 to 0-8, by Longford in Division 3 FL action.
The Faithful were actually in touch up until the break and even led by a point, 0-5 to 0-4, in the 25th minutes but a goal from Paul Kelly swung the game dramatically and emphatically back into Longford's grasp.
They led by a goal at the break but outscored their fellow Leinster opponents by 2-9 to 0-2 after the break, with freetaker Seán McCormack bagging 10 points (9f) and Niall Mulligan finishing the rout with Longford's second goal two minutes from time.
WEXFORD meanwhile, shot three first half goals helped themselves to a 4-9 to 1-13 opening day home win against Cavan.
Eoin Bradley bagged a brace while PJ Bannville and Ciarán Lyng's penalty put the game out of reach although Val Andrew's men did manage to make a contest of it after Dáithí Waters was sent off in the 51st minute.
IN Casement Park, a 74th minute Tomás McCann free-kick gave Antrim a 0-13 to 0-12 win over Sligo in a match where the game was level nine times over the course of 70 tight minutes.
CONOR DEVANEY'S goal midway through the second half gave Roscomon the cushion they needed to see out a 1-12 to 0-12 success over Tipperary in Kiltoom.
DAVID TUBRIDY scored seven points, including six from play, as Clare beat local rivals Waterford by 1-17 to 0-12 in a match where four players (three from Waterford, one from Clare) were sent off for second bookings in their Division 4 FL clash.
WICKLOW sauntered by a 3-25 to 1-1 annihiliation of Kilkenny in Freshford, with Joe Kelly helping himself to 1-7 from play.
LIMERICK were the day's other Division 4 winners, beating Leitrim by 1-9 to 0-9 in Carrick-On-Shannon thanks to a goal from John Riordan, half a dozen points from Ian Ryan and three from Eoghan O'Connor.
DUBLIN'S colleges had mixed results in the Leinster Colleges SHC 'A' over the weekend with Colaiste Eoin beating Kilkenny giants, Castlecomer CS by 2-10 to 1-12 after extra time thanks to a Colm ó Cronin goal while Dublin North were accounted for by St Kieran's, Kilkenny - 5-7 to 1-5.