Wexford hit poor Déise for four goals
WEXFORD footballers banished their January blues with a flying February start, demolishing WATERFORD by 4-11 to 2-6 in their Allianz League Division Three opener at Wexford Park yesterday.
The Slaneysiders had been bludgeoned in the O'Byrne Cup and Shield, but the boot was on the other foot against their manager Jason Ryan's native Déise.
Ben Brosnan led the onslaught with 2-5 (2f), further goals coming from Kevin O'Grady and Ciarán Lyng.
Elsewhere in Division Three, Bernard Allen marked his NFL debut by scoring 1-4 as OFFALY eclipsed a poor CAVAN, 1-12 to 0-8, at O'Connor Park.
TIPPERARY prevailed in their derby showdown with LIMERICK, 0-10 to 0-6, thanks to a transformed second half at Semple Stadium.
Having mustered just one point from 14 first half shots, they outscored Limerick by nine points to three after the break.
Match of the day in Division Four came at Dr Cullen Park, where a late JJ Smith point secured a 2-10 to 1-13 stalemate for CARLOW against neighbouring WICKLOW.
The latter trailed by four pints with 12 minutes remaining, but a goal from the outstanding Leighton Glynn (1-4) kickstarted their comeback. Wicklow's John McGrath and Carlow's Daniel St Ledger saw red late on.
LONGFORD and ROSCOMMON also finished all square at Pearse Park (1-7 to 0-10).
The visitors recovered from a Paul Barden goal to edge ahead late on, only for Seán McCormack to land a stoppage time free for Longford.
A 72nd minute point from Wayne McKeon saw LEITRIM squeeze past 13-man CLARE, 0-12 to 0-11, whereas LONDON hammered KILKENNY (0-16 to 0-2) at Ruislip.