Cork’s 2016 season went from bad to worse today as they were defeated by rivals Kerry in Tralee today. The Rebels fought back in the second half but a red card for substitute Michael Shields allowed the Kingdom to regain control of the tie. The final score was Kerry 20 points Cork 1-12. Cork were relegated due to Monaghan’s late win over Donegal. An injury-time point from corner-back Colin Walshe saved Monaghan’s Division One status in a competitive game in Castleblaney. Monaghan’s 1-10 just edged Donegal’s 1-9.Six first-half points from Dean Rock saw Dublin claim their seventh win of the Division 1 campaign thanks to a 1-13 to 1-12 scoreline against Roscommon in Carrick-on-Shannon following a last minute venue change. Elsewhere Mayo won a highly competitive game in McHale Park against already relegated Down 1-19 to 1-16 the winning score.
Fermanagh avoided relegation with a 12 point to 1-9 draw against Tyrone at Brewster Park. Victory for Cavan sees the Northerners promoted to Division 1. Cavan saw off the challenge of Galway winning 1-16 to 1-12.Armagh were applauded off the pitch by their supporters in the Athletic Grounds despite suffering relegation to Division 3 of the Allianz League. Their win of 1-18 to 15 points over Derry meant little as The Glensmen will play Division 3 football next spring. Meath enjoyed an away victory today beating Laois 18 points to 1-9 in Portlaoise.
Clare booked their place in Division 2 football next season alongside Kildare. Kildare had already booked a place in the final, and they recorded a 22 points to 1-14 win over Clare at St Conleth’s Park. Results elsewhere ensured the Banner County also advance to a 23rd April final at Croke Park. Newly promoted Offaly sealed third place in Division 3 with a 1-16 to 13 point win over already relegated Limerick in Newcastlewest. Despite the inclement weather Longford claimed a 13 points to 11 points victory over Westmeath at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. Tipperary finished the League well earning a 3-09 to 0-18 draw with Sligo at Markievicz Park.
Antrim maintained their unbeaten run in Division 4 with a 12 points to 1-9 draw against Louth in Belfast. The two sides will meet again in the League final decider on April 23rd but both have secured positions in Division 3 next season.Wexford led throughout to claim a 2-17 to 2-06 win over neighbours Carlow at Innovate Wexford Park. Despite failing to score for the last 27 minutes of the match Wicklow had done enough to record a 2-10 to 1-10 win over London. Yesterday Waterford claimed their first win at home of 2016 with a narrow 10 points to 1-6 victory over Leitrim.
Listed below are the National League semi-final and final’s that will take place in the coming weeks:
Saturday April 9th Dublin vs Donegal
Sunday April 10th Kerry vs Roscommon
Final to take place on Sunday April 24th.
Sunday April 24th Tyrone vs Cavan
Saturday April 23rd Kildare vs Clare
Saturday April 23rd Antrim vs Louth
All of the above games will go to extra time if it is required.