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Sligo, Longford and Offaly all win to blow Division 3 promotion race wide open

Kildare, Tipperary and Clare all lost key games in Division 3.

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THE PROMOTION RACE in Division 3 will go right down to the wire as Kildare, Tipperary and Clare all lost in an enthralling day of action.

Kildare’s hopes of an immediate return to the second tier took a knock after they were turned over 2-15 to 2-14 by Sligo in Newbridge today.

The Lilywhites were far from their best and with the teams level at half-time, Sligo probably sensed the game was there for the taking.

Kyle Cauley and Paudie O’Neill traded goals within minutes of each other after the restart before Eamon Callaghan’s fortunate goal midway through the second-half put Kildare in the ascendancy.

Niall Murphy kept Sligo in touch and Kevin McDonnell burst through for a pivotal Sligo goal to steer them to victory.

Tipperary surprisingly fell by 1-17 to 1-11 to Longford in Pearse Park, adding to the day’s intrigue. Longford led by three at the break and Brian Kavanagh’s accuracy from frees kept them ahead through the second half. Larry Moran’s late goal put the final nail in Tipp’s coffin.

Michael Brazil kicked a last-gasp winning point to hand Offaly an 0-15 to 0-11 victory over Clare in O’Connor Park, Tullamore. The home side led by 0-8 to 0-5 at the break and they maintained that margin for much of the second-half until Eoin Cleary struck a Clare goal as injury time approached.

That left Brazil to win the game for the Faithful in the sixth-minute of injury-time, and throw the promotion race wide open.

Results
Kildare 2-14 Sligo 2-15
Longford 1-17 Tipperary 1-11
Offaly 0-15 Clare 1-11

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