Disappointment for Ulster sides in NFL

Published Sunday, 25 March 2012
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There was disappointment for Ulster sides in the Allianz National Football League on Sunday, with defeats for Antrim, Monaghan and Cavan and a draw for Derry.

Disappointment for Ulster sides in NFL
Armagh’s Michael Stevenson and Downs Conor Garvey with Daniel Hughes in action. (© Presseye)

In division two Monaghan went down 0-12 to 1-14 to Galway at Pearse Park, while Derry could only manage a 19-point draw at home to Louth.

Meanwhile in division three Antrim lost by 2-09 to 0-18 to Wexford at Casement Park and Roscommon beat Cavan 1-17 to 1-12.

On Saturday night, Tyrone maintained their unbeaten streak in division two with victory over Meath, while the local sides had mixed fortunes in division one.

Armagh edged out Down in the Ulster derby to boost their hopes of avoiding relegation.

A free from Michael Stevenson deep into injury time saw the hosts snatch victory in a thrilling game at the Athletic Grounds on Saturday.

Down, who led by a point at half time, had battled back from Brian Mallon's 46th-minute penalty to go in front again.

But Armagh captain Cairan McKeever - who was only cleared to play hours before the match - scored the equaliser and Stevenson dramatically slotted home the winner.

The result means a draw in Donegal in a fortnight should be enough to secure Armagh's survival in the top flight of the National League.

Meanwhile Donegal were 2-16 to 0-13 losers to Dublin in Saturday's match at Croke Park.

Sunday's NFL results:

Division Two
Derry 0-19 Louth 1-16.
Monaghan 0-12 Galway 1-14.

Division Three
Roscommon 1-17 Cavan 1-12
Antrim 2-09 Wexford 0-18.

Saturday's NHL results:

Division One
Armagh 1-14 Down 0-16.
Dublin 2-16 Donegal 0-13.
Antrim 2-18 Laois 2-16.

Division Two
Tyrone 1-12 Meath 0-5.

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