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Saffrons have sinking feeling but Carlow can offer fresh hope

 

By Declan Bogue

Antrim footballers have been left hoping that Carlow can do them a huge favour in the remaining Division Four games.

The Saffron footballers lost 0-12 to 1-12 to Turlough O'Brien's Carlow side in Corrigan Park.

Carlow won promotion out of the basement division for the first time in 33 years. It leaves Antrim in third-place, three points adrift of Laois.

However, should Antrim beat Laois in the next game and win their final game away to Limerick, and also supposing Carlow will have the appetite to beat Laois in what is essentially a dead-rubber game, then Lenny Harbinson's men could still manage promotion.

Elsewhere, Derry moved into safety in Division Three with a thumping home win over Wexford in Celtic Park.

Goals from Padraig McGrogan and Emmett Bradley fired Derry to a 2-8 to 0-7 first-half lead.

After the break Derry sped toward the finish line. They led 2-12 to 0-7 by the 46th minute. Wexford hit three second-half goals through Doyle, Rossiter and Curtis but it was too little too late as Derry cruised to victory.

In the top flight, Monaghan have left Ulster rivals Donegal in serious bother heading into the last day of the season.

A goal by Ryan Wylie soon after the restart along with points from Kieran Hughes and Karl O'Connell gave them a platform from which to build and fashion a somewhat comfortable victory in Clones.

A loss to Roscommon has left Cavan's situation at the top of Division Two much more difficult.

They are two points ahead of Tipperary, and they face the Premier in the final game of their league campaign. A win in this game will leave Cavan promoted due to the head to head rule.

Down's Division Two game against Tipperary in Newry was called off on Sunday due to the snow on the pitch, the game to be played at a later date.

Armagh have gone up in Division Three after their draw against Fermanagh, but Longford's win over Westmeath has left them with a final-day shootout in Pearse Park against the Erne men, with the winner progressing to Division Two football in 2019.

In Saturday's All-Ireland club football final, Corofin of Galway recorded their second All-Ireland title in four seasons when they overcame Slaughtneil's semi-final conquerors Nemo Rangers 2-19 to 0-10.

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