Unbeaten Banner canter into final
NHL DIVISION 1B ROUND-UP
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."