The opening weekend of Division 3 was kicked off with some high drama as Tom McCann’s last minute free gave Antrim a one point victory over Sligo.
In a tight contest McCann’s monster kick proved the difference as the home side pulled out a vital win despite the best efforts of Adrian Marren who was a real handful.
Elsewhere, there were wins for Longford, Wexford and Roscommon with Seamus McEnaney’s Meath also produced a win for their manager against his native County despite having Paddy Gilsenen sent off in the closing stages.
Graham Reilly and Stephen Bray were again responsible for most of the Royal’s good work and Shane McAnarney’s took his goal well in the game. Their clinical finishing was in stark contrast to a Monaghan side that was wasteful in front of goal.
Of all the teams in Division 3 it was Wexford who laid down a marker putting four goals past Cavan in a comfortable victory at Wexford Park.
Goals from Eric Bradley, Ciaran Lyng and an own goal meant this one was almost over as a contest after just 2o minutes as Jason Ryan’s side dominated the early going
However Cavan showed great fight to rally and make it 3-2 to 0-9 at the break and When Daithí Waters was sent off it appeared the game was turning in their favour.
However Anthony Masterson’s penalty save dragged the momentum back to Jason Byrne’s side and they ran out comfortable winners.
At Kiltoom a Conor Devaney goal separated the two sides as Roscommon edged out Tipperary 1-12 to 12 points. After a quiet first half the game exploded into life in the second with the Rossie’s opening up a five point lead before Tipp’s late fight back.
In Sunday’s final encounter Longford gave Offaly a footballing lesson as the romped to a comprehensive victory over the Faithful County.
Offaly kept in it for the opening 35, with Paul Kelly’s goal the only difference between the sides as Alan Mulhall’s boot kept the Faithfull’s ticking over.
However the second half was a massacre as Longford notched up 1-9 compared with only 2 points to Offaly
Division 3 Results:
Antrim 0-13 Sligo 0-12
Meath 1-14 Monaghan 1-9
Offaly 0-8 Longford 2-15
Wexford 4-9 Cavan 1-13
Roscommon 1-12 Tipperary 0-12