Review: Lidl NFL Div 3 Week 7

Places at the top and bottom were decided on by score difference in Division 3. Clare booked their place in the Division 3 final due to their superior score difference while Longford made the drop to Division 4 due to their inferior score difference.

Sligo 1-13 Offaly 2-12

Offaly came into this game bottom of Division 3 and without a point. This win saw them retain their Division 3 status for next year. 

Offaly made a fine start to the game but a goal brought Sligo back into the game and the Yeats County were ahead by just one point at half-time.

Credit to Offaly they battled back hard in the second half and two goals after the changeover proved to be crucial for Offaly in their battle for survival.

Longford 2-03 Clare 7-15

A comprehensive win by Clare in Killoe saw them book their place in the Division 3 final on score difference and the defeat relegated Longford, due to their poor score difference.

Clare produced a stunning first half of football. They scored 5-6 in that opening half with the home side failing to register a single score.

Longford tried to rally in the second half and scored 2-3 but the game was over as a contest at half-time. 

Louth 1-09 Down 2-10

Natasha Ferris scored 1-4 as Down defeated Louth in their final Division 3 game in Darver. Sub Eimear Fitzpatrick scored the other goal while Niamh Rice finished the game with 1-3 for Louth.

In a game that was tight right from the start the lead changed on several occasions. Down went in at the break 0-5 to 0-3 in front.

A goal from Rice helped Louth to a one point lead in the 42nd minute. They were four ahead in the 54th minute but credit to Down they never gave up and a late goal claimed victory for them. It wasn’t enough though for them to advance to the Division 3 final.

Kildare 1-10 Wexford 0-6

Kildare produced a strong second half display to book their place in the Division 3 final at the expense of Wexford. Due to this defeat and wins for Down and Clare, Wexford lost out on the final on score difference.

With so much at stake scores were at a premium in the opening half. The sides were level at the break 0-4 apiece.

Diane O’Hora’s charges made a fine start to the second half and this laid the foundations for their victory.

Deniese is a freelance sports journalist/broadcaster. She has worked for several local and national media outlets. GAA and soccer are her great loves and she also follows rugby league and snooker. She's a big supporter of her local clubs St. Mary's GAA Granard and Longford Town. She also follows Celtic, Liverpool and Leeds Rhinos. She presented and produced a popular sports podcast last year where she interviewed Ray Houghton, Chris Kamara and John Hartson. Deniese is currently Head of Communications for Boccia Ireland

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