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Down hit top form

Down 1-15 Wicklow 0-10: Down's hurlers cemented their place at the top of Allianz Hurling League Division 2B with a solid eight-point win over 14-man Wicklow at Ballycran.

The Ardsmen led by 1-8 to 0-3 at the break. Wicklow reduced the gap to six after the restart but the dismissal of Andy O'Brien on a straight red card on 47 minutes put a dent in their revival hopes.

Conor Woods opened the scoring foor Down with a long-range point with Fintan Conway and Danny Toner adding points from play. The game's first goal arrived through Caolan Bailie on the 10-minute mark before Wicklow got on the scoresheet when Mikey Lee split the posts from play.

The sides shared the next four points, but points from O'Brien and Lee just after the restart had the gap at six. O'Brien's dismissal upset the Wicklow comeback.

Lee's accuracy kept Wicklow within distance but Down never looked back.

Down scorers: C Woods (0-2f), F Conway (0-2), D Toner (0-1), C O'Neill (0-2), J McCusker (0-2, 1f), C Baillie (1-1), P Sheehan (0-4, 2f). Subs: S Nicholson (0-1).

Wicklow scorers: J Henderson (0-1), A O'Brien (0-1), M Lee (0-8, 4f, 0-1 sideline).

Belfast Telegraph