Down’s late heroics edge out Kildare

Armagh's Neil McDonald and Tipperary's Seamus Kennedy
Armagh's Neil McDonald and Tipperary's Seamus Kennedy

Two goals in the space of a minute snatched a dramatic victory for Down over shellshocked Kildare in the Allianz Football League Division 2 tie yesterday.

Kildare were leading by three points in the last seconds of normal time when substitute Arthur McConville palmed to the net, after Paul Devlin’s free from 45m had come back off the crossbar.

From the kickout, Devlin launched a spectacular point and there was still time for Donal O’Hare to breach the Kildare defence once more to secure the two points.

“Going into the last few minutes it looked like Kildare were going to win it with those last three frees,” said Down boss Jim McCorry.

“The spirit our team can’t be called into question when you see how they fought tooth and nail from the moment the ball was thrown in.”

In Division Three, Jamie Clarke was the hero for Armagh at the Athletic Grounds, as he struck two late points to see off a spirited Tipperary.

Peter Creedon’s side has sustained the concession of goals in either half from Clarke (penalty) and Mark Shields to lead 0-13 to 2-5 heading towards injury-time, but Clarke stood up when it mattered most to give his side a vital win.

On Saturday night, Tyrone’s league campaign got off to a poor start with a defeat at the hands of Monaghan.

The match was held up for 30 minutes due to floodlight failure shortly after the restart, but that failed to unsettle the visitors who built the platform for victory with a run of nine unanswered points either side of half time.

Results

Allianz FL Division 1

Cork 1-15 Dublin 0-16; Mayo 2-11 Kerry 0-10; Monaghan 1-13 Tyrone 0-9; Donegal 1-15 Derry 0-12

Allianz FL Division 2

Galway 2-13 Meath 1-12; Roscommon 1-11 Cavan 0-14; Westmeath 1-12 Laois 0-10; Down 3-13

Kildare 1-15

Allianz FL Division 3

Clare 1-16 Wexford 0-5; Limerick 0-14 Sligo 1-9; Armagh 2-8 Tipperary 0-13; Fermanagh 0-16

Louth 0-7

Allianz FL Division 4

Offaly 0-9 London 1-2; Leitrim 0-15 Longford 1-12; Antrim 1-12 Carlow 0-15; Waterford 0-14

Wicklow 0-10