The Clare Senior Footballers secured their status in Division 3 of the Allianz National Football League for 2016 with a hard won victory over Fermanagh at Cusack Park this afternoon.
Clare held on for a 1-14 to 2-9 Round 7 win over a side that has already secured promotion to Division 2 next year.
Shane McGrath, Pat Burke and Gary Brennan were among Clare’s first half scorers and helped the Banner to a 0-08 to 1-03 half-time lead.
Burke scored Clare’s only goal of the game 11 minutes into the second half which gave Clare a 1-09 to 1-3 lead but a brace from Fermanagh’s Sean Quighley, including one from the penalty spot on 67 minutes, ensured the game would go right down to the wire. In the end, Clare held on despite Fermanagh scoring 1-4 without reply in the latter stages.
Clare’s scorers included the impressive Pat Burke at Corner Forward with 1-3, Gary Brennan with 0-5 (0-4 from frees) and Shane McGrath with 0-4, while Podge Collins and Jamie Malone scored 0-1 each.
In today’s other games, Limerick scored a narrow 2-13 to 2-11 win over 14-man Louth in Drogheda, Wexford defeated Tipperary by 2-16 to 2-12, while Sligo caused an upset by beating Armagh on a scoreline of 1-19 to 1-08.
Today’s result means Louth and Wexford drop to Division 4 and will be replaced by Longford and Offaly.
ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE RESULTS
Derry 2-15 Cork 1-11
Mayo 0-12 Donegal 1-09
Monaghan 1-11 Dublin 1-22
Tyrone 0-17 Kerry 1-14
Semi-finals: Cork v Donegal, Dublin v Monaghan.
Relegated: Derry, Tyrone.
Down 3-12 Laois 1-15
Galway 3-12 Kildare 1-12
Meath 0-14 Cavan 0-12
Westmeath 0-12 Roscommon 2-13
Promoted: Down, Roscommon.
Relegated: Kildare, Westmeath.
DIVISION 3 Round-up
Clare 1-14 Fermanagh 2-09
Louth 2-11 Limerick 2-13
Sligo 1-19 Armagh 1-08
Tipperary 2-12 Wexford 2-15
Promoted: Armagh, Fermanagh.
Relegated: Wexford, Louth.