Saturday 17 March 2018

Unbeaten Banner canter into final


DAVY FITZGERALD'S Clare now have four league wins out of four and, as a result of yesterday's convincing 3-16 to 0-18 win over Wexford, his charges have qualified for the final, with one match still to play (away to Offaly next Sunday).

At a sunny Cusack Park, Ennis, yesterday, the Clare men overwhelmed a disappointing Wexford outfit, who have only achieved one win in four.

The visitors were also reduced to 14 men when full-back Matthew O'Hanlon received his marching orders from referee Alan Kelly for a second yellow-card offence.

Fitzgerald expressed his pleasure with his team's progress.

"I'm happy to be in the league final. This is a way tougher group than the last few years, so we've made progress already by being there (in the final).

"Whoever we meet, it's going to be a tough one but it's great to know you're there."

Antrim overturned a 10-point second-half deficit at Casement Park yesterday to edge ahead of Laois in injury-time and deny Teddy McCarthy's side their first points of the season.

Dayne Peacock netted early for the O'Moore men and they held a commanding 1-9 to 0-4 lead at the break.

The Saffrons trailed by 10 before launching their fightback and levelled soon after a Conor Carson goal.

Laois forward Chris Murray found the net, but that was followed by a Shane McNaughton goal and Antrim won it with injury-time points from Neil McNanus and McNaughton, who finished as top scorer with 1-8.

LIMERICK manager John Allen could not belive Offaly were given an injury-time penalty that allowed them to earn a point at the Gaelic Grounds.

Shane Dooley struck in the third minute of stoppage time to ensure that the race for a top-two finish will go down to the wire next weekend after this game ended all square, 2-16 to 4-10.

But the penalty award was controversial as Limerick corner-back Tom Condon was penalised for a tackle on Seán Ryan, earning a second yellow card and dismissal in the process.

Allen said: "I saw it afterwards and it looked like a textbook tackle."

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