Football League Division 3 round-up04/03/2012 - 19:36:06
Longford top Division 3 of the Football League on scoring difference after victory over neighbours Roscommon, while Tipperary slumped to their third defeat when going down to Wexford today.
At Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, Longford bounced back from a three-point half-time deficit to register a 0-16 to 2-8 win over the Rossies.
The visitors were goal hungry in the opening minutes as goals from Cathal Cregg and Ger Heneghan gave them a 2-0 to 0-2 lead.
Roscommon's early goals helped Des Newton's charges take a 2-4 to 0-7 interval lead.
Michael Finneran extended Roscommon's advantage to four points just after the restart, but Longford outscored their opponents by six points to one over the remainder of the third quarter to take a 0-13 to 2-6 lead.
The sides traded scores on two occasions, before a late Brian Kavanagh point ensured a two-point triumph for the hosts.
At Wexford Park, three players were dismissed as the hosts ran out 2-20 to 1-8 winners over Tipperary.
Wexford duo Paddy Byrne and David Murphy were two of the players to see red in a game which Wexford took control of after a promising start by the visitors.
Tipperary led by 1-1 to 0-2 early on following a goal from Peter Acheson, but Wexford quickly responded.
Redmond Barry delivered a screaming shot from 20 metres out into the top corner of the net to leave Tipperary goalkeeper Matthew O'Donnell with little chance.
The sides were tied at 1-2 apiece following a Barry Grogan score, but Wexford upped their game with a Ben Brosnan point giving the hosts a lead they would not relinquish.
Wexford stormed ahead by 1-12 to 1-5, aided by scores from Brosnan, Barry, PJ Banville and Ciaran Lyng.
Jason Ryan's side may have lost Byrne to a straight red card and Murphy on a second yellow in the second half, but they held out for a comfortable 15-point win, with Banville scoring the Slaneysiders' second goal.
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