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Ryan Byrne/INPHO Mark Shields found the net for Armagh in Limerick.
# Pace Setters
Armagh, Fermanagh, Clare and Louth all pick up important Division 3 wins
The two Ulster sides are leading the way in the third tier.

ARMAGH AND FERMANAGH jointly lead the standings in Allianz Football League Division 3 after both sides picked up their third consecutive wins today.

Armagh made the long journey south but had it easy against Limerick in Kilmallock, as Kieran McGeeney’s side ran out 13-point winners.

Aidan Forker scored Armagh’s first goal early on, which helped the visitors to open up a 1-3 to 0-0 lead. But Tom Lee netted for Limerick to leave just three points between the teams at the break.

However, that’s what Limerick managed to score for the entire second half, during which it was mostly one-way traffic. Armagh coasted to victory after a 48th-minute goal from Mark Shields.

Next up for them is a meeting with fellow Ulster high-flyers Fermanagh, who recorded a 2-9 to 0-11 victory against Tipperary this afternoon at Brewster Park.

Sean Quigley was in fine form for Fermanagh, contributing 1-5 to the win. Quigley’s first-half goal left the teams level at half time on a scoreline of 1-4 to 0-7.

It was a tight second half but Paul McCusker’s late goal sealed an important win for Pete McGrath’s men.

An impressive second-half performance from Clare gave them a 0-22 to 1-13 win over Sligo at Cusack Park in Ennis, as the Banner continued their positive start to life in Division 3.

Sligo — who have now lost all three of their games so far — led by 0-11 to 0-9 at the interval, and despite a late goal from Adrian Marren, the Connacht men fell short.

With the wind at their backs, Clare were excellent in a second half during which they kicked 13 points, with eight different players getting on the scoresheet for Colm Collins’ side over the 70 minutes. Pat Burke and Shane McGrath contributed five points each.

Wexford are joint-joint bottom of the table alongside Sligo, after the Model County also suffered their third loss on the trot today. Louth were 1-16 to 1-10 winners in Drogheda.

Wexford had Adrian Flynn sent off late on but they were within a point when Brian Malone found the net. However, Louth pulled away to secure a six-point win after Tommy Durnin chipped in with a goal.

Division 3 results:
Armagh 2-16 Limerick 1-6
Louth 1-16 Wexford 1-10
Fermanagh 2-9 Tipperary 0-11
Clare 0-22 Sligo 1-13

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