By Cóilín Duffy
Wexford take on Kildare and Meath will face Down in the semi-finals of Division 3 of the Lidl National League, but the Division 4 pairings are still to be confirmed.
Just one game took place in Division 3 this weekend, but Offaly’s 4-12 to 4-8 win over Wexford in Clonbollogue, wasn’t enough to knock the Slaneysiders off top spot, in what was their first loss of 2018.
This match was refixed, after being postponed on March 18th because of the bad weather.
Wexford began brightly and led by 1-3 to 0-2 after 15 minutes, with Chantelle Marting netting their goal.
However, the hosts rallied well with 1-4 unanswered including a Maria Kelly goal to take a 1-6 to 1-3 lead at half-time.
Wexford drew level with their Faithful counterparts on a couple of occasions on the restart, but Offaly found the net at crucial junctures.
Fiona Rochford (1-4), Catriona Murray (1-2) and Rachael Bennett (1-1) scored Wexford’s second half goals.
This was a much change Wexford side from the team which beat Down last week, with seven changes to their line-up, but Offaly deservedly were on top at the full-time whistle to take their second win of the campaign.
Meanwhile, Leitrim who failed to field a team in their first few rounds have been relegated to Division 4 for 2019.
The confirmed Division 4 semi-final pairings will be known after Antrim take on Derry on Tuesday night.
Wicklow are definitely into the last-four having won all their games, with Louth and Limerick also into the semi-finals.
A win for Antrim in the mid-week clash would see them level on league points with Fermanagh.
Head-to-head comes into play first, where Antrim beat Fermanagh in Round 1, and should Antrim win on Tuesday it will be the Saffrons looking forward to the semi-finals, where they will face Wicklow.