Mixed fortunes for Ulster counties on day of gripping action

Down's Connaire Harrison in action against Meath in today's AFL clash in Navan 

ON a dramatic day of AFL action, there were varying fortunes for Ulster counties, with two promotions, two relegations, one failed promotion bid, and one county's future hanging in the balance. 

Donegal, so impressive at times in this campaign looked to have secured top flight status with a home win against Mayo. But an injury time equaliser from Mayo's Kevin McLoughlin broke their hearts. 

It is just four years since Derry contested the Division One NFL final, yet following defeat to Sligo, the Oak Leafers have now sunk into the basement division.

On a happier note, Cavan and Fermanagh are celebrating promotions to Divisions One and Two respectively. The Ernesiders scored the win they needed against Longford, while Cavan have made an immediate return to the top division courtesy of a 75th minute winner from Conor Madden against Tipperary.

Down’s future in Division Two is precarious. A  hammering at the hands of Meath means that, even should they beat Tipperary in their rearranged game, a win for the Royals against Louth would see the Mournemen relegated.

Monaghan’s one point victory over Dublin was their first ever against the All-Ireland champions at Croke Park, and a first win against the Metropolitans since 2006.

Antrim gave themselves a chance at survival by beating Limerick, but a win for Laois against Carlow means that it is they and the Barrowsiders who are promoted.

The other games involving Ulster counties saw Tyrone beat Kerry, and already promoted Armagh beaten by a point against Wexford.


AFL Division One

Dublin 0-17 Monaghan 2-12; Donegal 0-13 Mayo 0-13; Kildare 0-10 Galway 0-16; Tyrone 1-16 Kerry 0-14

AFL Division Two

Roscommon 0-17 Cork 1-11; Meath 4-14 Down 1-14; Clare 3-12 Louth 1-11; Cavan 0-17 Tipperary 2-10

AFL Division Three

Wexford 0-12 Armagh 1-8; Longford 1-9 Fermanagh 1-10; Sligo 3-11 Derry 2-12; Westmeath 1-14 Offaly 1-20

AFL Division Four

London 1-14 Waterford 1-16; Limerick 0-12 Antrim 1-13; Carlow 0-8 Laois 1-6; Leitrim 2-15 Wicklow 0-10


AHL Division One quarter-finals

Wexford 1-23 Galway 0-23; Dublin 0-20 Tipperary 2-25

AHL Division 2A final

Westmeath 2-11 Carlow 2-19

AHL Division 2B relegation play-off

Derry 2-22 Armagh 0-10

Allianz HL Division 3A final

Louth 1-14 Warwickshire 0-20

Allianz HL Division 3B final

Lancashire 1-25 Leitrim 1-18

Ulster U21 Hurling Championship 

Antrim 1-23 Down 3-14


All-Ireland Senior Camogie Club Championship final 

Sarsfield's 1-9 Slaughtneil 1-11

All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Club Championship final 

Athenry 1-9 Johnstownbridge 1-8

All-Ireland Club SHC final replay

Cuala 2-17 Na Piarsaigh 1-17



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