Cathal Noonan/INPHO Kildare made it four wins from four in Division 3.
Kildare's winning run continues as Tipperary and Clare stay in the promotion hunt
Elsewhere Leitrim shocked Louth in Division 4.

KILDARE REMAIN ON course to make an immediate return to Division 2 after they recorded 1-11 to 1-10 win over Limerick in Newbridge.

That makes it four wins on the trot for Cian O’Neill’s side, who led by two at the break thanks to Niall Kelly’s sixth minute goal.

Kildare were four points in front in injury time when Limerick’s Brian Fanning pounced for a goal, but they hadn’t enough time to force a draw.

Meanwhile, Tipperary and Clare both recorded victories to remain two points behind Kildare in the table.

Tipperary beat Offaly by 2-11 to 0-12 in Tipperary town. Michael Quinlivan and Martin Dunne found the net for Tipp inside the first half and they led by 2-8 to 0-5 at the interval.

Clare enjoyed an impressive 1-18 to 0-10 win against Westmeath. Colm Collins’s team are well in the promotion hunt and have won three of their last four games in the division.

Clare found themselves 0-10 to 0-3 in front at the halfway point and Jamie Malone scored the goal for the Banner in the second half as Westmeath continued their winless start to the year.

Finally, Longford were 1-17 to 2-9 victors against Sligo. Longford finished the game with 13 men as both Brian Kavanagh and Brian Farrell were dismissed for a second yellow card.

Brian Egan raised the green flag twice for Sligo inside the opening half, but Longford surged into the lead by the break thanks to Darren Gallagher’s goal.

The Leinster side kicked seven points in the second-half to secure the two points.

Division 4

Antrim remain unbeaten in the basement division after they came through a tough test in Ruislip, beating the Exiles by 1-11 to 0-11.

Kevin O’Boyle’s early goal was critical as they made it four wins from four.

Elsewhere, Leitrim grabbed the most eye-catching result in the bottom tier with a 0-16 to 2-9 defeat of Louth. Ryan Burns and Derek Maguire notched goals for Louth but Emlyn Mulligan kept Leitrim’s scoreboard ticking over at the far end.

Louth finished the game with 14 men as Micheal McWeeney was sent off for a second yellow card with five minutes left.

In the third and final game of Division 4, Carlow ran out 0-17 to 0-14 winners against Wicklow.

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