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On target: Donal O’Hare did the trick for Down yet again
On target: Donal O’Hare did the trick for Down yet again
John Campbell

By John Campbell

Not for the first time this year, Donal O'Hare proved Down's match-winner at the week-end when his injury-time point sealed a 0-15 to 1-11 triumph over Carlow that not only earned his side two precious points in Division Three of the Allianz League but rendered promotion more a probability than a possibility.

It was his fifth point of a tingling contest in which Down trailed by 0-7 to 0-4 at half-time before turning up the heat after the break.

Monaghan, meanwhile, intensified Cavan's relegation worries by winning the local derby tie by 0-14 to 1-8 at Clones where Conor McManus racked up half-a-dozen points and Jack McCarron and Conor McCarthy contributed another five between them.

Donegal maintained their momentum in Division 2 by beating Cork by 1-19 to 1-12 while in Division Four Derry won the first of two scheduled meetings with Leitrim by 2-16 to 1-12 to maintain their unbeaten run in Division Four. Shane McGuigan's two goals and Chrissy Bradley's helping of points from play and frees underpinned this win which precedes the divisional final between the sides at Croke Park on March 30.

And there was a boost for Antrim via a 2-15 to 0-10 win over Wicklow. Matt Fitzpatrick pounced for both their goals.

Meanwhile, mighty Corofin just get better and better. The Galway and Connacht champions had little difficulty in keeping the All-Ireland club football crown in their possession when they beat Dr Crokes by 2-16 to 0-10.

The match was over as a meaningful contest by half-time with Corofin ahead by 2-7 to 0-6 at that juncture, Jason Leonard and Gary Sice having found the Dr Crokes' net.

Ballyhale Shamrocks roared to the All-Ireland senior club hurling title by beating St Thomas' by 2-28 to 2-11.

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