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Published: 16:28 | 16/7/16

SFC round-up: Clare beat Sligo, Cork win at Longford


Clare are through to the last 12 of the All-Ireland Senior Championship after a 2-17 to 1-13 victory over Sligo at Markievicz Park.

Clare, who beat Sligo by seven points at Miltown Malbay on their way to the Division Three title earlier this year, were two points down at the break, but outscored their opponents by nine points in the second half.

Sligo went into the break 0-9 to 1-4 up, after Clare hit six wides in windy conditions and lost Podge Collins to a black card on 30 minutes.

Colm Collins' side stayed in contention thanks to David Tubridy's 26th minute penalty, and scored steadily throughout the second half, with midfielder Cathal O’Connor hitting three points from open play.

Clare midfielder Gary Brennan extended the gap to eight points with a goal nine minutes from time, and, although the home side did reply almost immediately with a rebound goal from substitute Pat Hughes, Niall Carew's side were well beaten by this stage.

Cork progressed to Round 4A of the qualifiers with an unconvincing 2-09 to 1-06 win over Longford at Pearse Park.

The home side led 1-04 to 0-03 at the break, with the Rebels failing to trouble the scorers after the tenth minute, but the introduction of Patrick Kelly and Colm O’Neill for Kevin O’Driscoll and Daniel Goulding at half-time re-energised Peader Healy's side.

Cork scored 1-4 without reply in the opening 16 minutes of the second half, with O’Neill netting a 49th minute goal from a Sean Powter pass, then Kelly set up Ian Maguire’s 61st minute goal.

"We didn't turn up in the second half. We were probably chasing shadows for a lot of it," Longford's Mickey Quinn told Newstalk.

"We switched off. You can't afford to make those mistakes. We got away with them last week [against Monaghan], we only had three or four wides. Credit to Cork, they showed their class in the end."

Derry completed their third win over Cavan in 2016 to book their place in the last 12 with a 1-17 to 0-18 victory at Breffni Park.

The Oak Leafers scored the only goal of the match on nine minutes thanks to Emmet McGuckin's fisted effort, but Cavan went in at the break 0-11 to 1-4 ahead after a first half that saw a black card for Derry’s James Kielty and a straight red card for Cavan defender Feargal Flanagan.

But Derry made it three second-half comebacks from three qualifiers on Saturday, with Niall Loughlin levelling the scores in the 63rd minute, and sub Niall Toner hitting three late points.

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