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A busy St Patrick’s weekend of GAA action started tonight with key games in the Allianz Leagues.

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Division 1 FL
Cork 0-12 Donegal 0-10
Kerry 0-11 Down 1-5
Kildare 1-11 Mayo 0-13
Tyrone 0-18 Dublin 1-14

Division 2 FL
Derry 0-14 Longford 0-5
Louth 1-12 Armagh 1-10
Laois 1-15 Galway 0-10

Division 3 FL
Monaghan 5-13 Wicklow 3-10
Roscommon 0-11 Antrim 1-6
Meath 1-17 Sligo 2-12
Fermanagh 1-12 Cavan 1-10

Division 4 FL
Tipperary 0-15 Limerick 0-9
Offaly 2-11 Carlow 1-11
Leitrim 3-14 Waterford 3-7

Division 1A HL
Clare 1-22 Cork 1-16

Division 1B HL
Limerick 1-21 Dublin 1-15
Wexford 2-21 Antrim 1-12

Division 2A HL
Derry 1-17 Kildare 1-14
Kerry 1-12 Wicklow 3-5

Division 2B HL
Down 2-24 Roscommon 1-12
Mayo 4-16 Armagh 3-12

Division 3A HL
Louth 2-13 Monaghan 0-11
Fermanagh 1-20 Donegal 4-14
Fingal 2-11 Tyrone 0-15

Welcome along on a busy day of action in the Allianz Leagues. There’s big games in Division 1 of the football league at 7pm with Dublin facing Tyrone in Croke Park, Mayo welcoming Kildare to Castlebar while Kerry entertain Down in Tralee.

Division 1 FL: Cork 0-11 Donegal 0-7: The action is already underway in Páirc Uí Rinn as they enter the closing stages with Cork leading the way. The Rebels had trailed by 0-5 to 0-3 at half-time but some outstanding second-half points by Aidan Walsh, Paudie Kissane and Liam Shorten have propelled them into the lead.

But Cork’s performance has been overshadowed by attacker Colm O’Neill being stretchered off with a suspected cruciate ligament injury in the first-half. Last year’s Allstar winner has previously suffered the long-term injury twice.

Colm O’Neill of Cork is stretchered off
Pic: INPHO/Donall Farmer

FT: Division 1B HL: Limerick 1-21 Dublin 1-15: Significant win for John Allen’s Limerick team in Croke Park tonight. They trailed by 0-8 to 0-7 at half-time and Dublin got a boost after the break when Conor McCormack found the net. But after attacking Paul Ryan was sent-off for Dublin, it was Limerick who took over with a goal by Graeme Mulcahy and some excellent points by Declan Hannon helping them triumph.

FT: Division 3 FL: Meath 1-17 Sligo 2-12: Great comeback victory for the Royals in Páirc Tailteann in Navan. Meath trailed by 2-9 to 1-4 at the break with goals from Shane McManus and Adrian Marren for Sligo in the opening-half while Stephen Bray raised Meath’s green flag. But Meath kicked on in the second-half with Mickey Newman and Ciaran Lenehan inspiring them to victory.

FT: Division 1 FL: Cork 0-12 Donegal 0-10: A fine victory for Conor Counihan’s side in Páirc Uí Rinn as they came back from trailing by 0-5 to 0-3 at the interval to secure success. The only negative aspect of their win is the loss of Colm O’Neill in the first-half with a suspected torn cruciate ligament.

Just a quick recap of some of today’s earlier games.

  • Division 3 FL: Conor McManus struck 2-7 as Monaghan stayed top of the table after a 5-13 to 3-10 win over Wicklow in Clones. A late Anto Healy goal for Antrim couldn’t prevent them from falling to Roscommon in Casement Park by 0-11 to 1-6.
  • Division 4 FL: Limerick suffered their first defeat of the campaign in the Gaelic Grounds this afternoon by 0-15 to 0-9 against Tipperary, who had Barry Grogan in great scoring form. The win puts Tipperary back in the shake-up for promotion while they are joined on six points by Offaly, who were 2-11 to 1-11 victors over Carlow today in Tullamore. The final game in this division saw Leitrim comfortably defeat Waterford in Carrick-on-Shannon by 3-14 to 3-7.
  • Division 1B HL: Wexford were comfortable victors by 2-21 to 1-12 against Antrim in Wexford Park. David Redmond and Rory Jacob struck the goals for Wexford.

We’ll be focusing on the three Division 1 football league games and the meeting of Cork and Clare in Division 1A of the hurling league. Throw-in for all those games is 7pm while we’ll keep an eye on the action elsewhere as well.

Division 1A HL: Clare 0-1 Cork 0-1: Clare’s Colin Ryan and Cork’s Seamus Harnedy have swapped early points in Páirc Uí Rinn.

Division 1 FL: Kerry 0-1 Down 0-0: A Johnny Buckley free gets the Kingdom off the mark in Tralee.

Early blow for Dublin in Croke Park as Ciaran Kilkenny has had to withdraw through injury with Craig Dias coming on to replace him.

Division 1 FL: Mayo 0-2 Kildare 0-0: Evan Regan and Jason Doherty off the mark early on for Mayo in Castlebar.

Division 1A HL: Cork 0-5 Clare 0-1: Patrick Horgan is in freescoring form early on in Páirc Uí Rinn as the Rebels surge ahead.

Division 1 FL: Dublin 0-2 Tyrone 0-2: Diarmuid Connolly has tied the match in Croke Park with a point for the Dubs.

Here’s the latest scores in Division 2 of the football league: Derry 0-1 Longford 0-0, Armagh 0-2 Louth 0-2, Laois 1-2 Galway 0-2. Gary Walsh has found the net for Laois.

Division 1 FL: Dublin 0-3 Tyrone 0-2: Paddy Andrews has edged Dublin ahead with a point.

Division 1 FL: Mayo 0-3 Kildare 0-0: Kevin McLoughlin has stretched Mayo’s advantage in Castlebar.

Division 1 FL: Dublin 1-3 Tyrone 0-2: Goal for Dublin from Philly Ryan helps them make a breakthrough in Croke Park.

Division 3 FL: Cavan 0-4 Fermanagh 0-4: All square in the battle of the Ulster counties but Cavan are down to 14 men after Damien O’Reilly has been sent-off.

Division 1 FL: Kerry 0-5 Down 0-1: Johnny Buckley has fired four points so far as Kerry move in front in Austin Stack Park.

Division 1 FL: Mayo 0-6 Kildare 0-1: Niall Kelly has raised the Lilywhites first white flag of the night in what is proving a difficult game for them in Castlebar.

Division 1 FL: Dublin 1-4 Tyrone 0-5: The Dubs nearly get a second goal in Croke Park but the Tyrone rearguard shut them out. Still a two-point advantage for Jim Gavin’s side.

Division 2 FL: Louth 1-4 Armagh 0-3: Decisive strike for Louth as Andy McDonnell fires the ball to the net.

Division 1A HL: Cork 0-9 Clare 0-4: Paudie O’Sullivan and Daniel Kearney have stretched Cork’s advantage with points. They came close to a goal while Stephen Moylan’s shot was well saved by Patrick Kelly. And on the opposition side, John Conlon’s effort to raise a green flag was brilliantly denied by Anthony Nash.

Division 1 FL: Mayo 0-7 Kildare 1-3: A lifeline for Kildare as Eoin Doyle plants the ball in the back of the net and ensures they are only one point adrift.

Division 2 FL: Armagh 1-4 Louth 1-4: A goal from Tony Kernan and a point from Gavin McParland has hauled Armagh back into contention.

Division 1A HL: Cork 0-11 Clare 0-7: Key points from Colin Ryan have helped Clare peg Cork back in Páirc Uí Rinn.

Division 1 FL: Tyrone 0-10 Dublin 1-6: HT – Late points from Sean Cavanagh and Stephen O’Neill have helped Tyrone edge ahead at the interval after Philly Ryan had provided a boost for Dublin with an early goal.

Division 1 FL: Kildare 1-5 Mayo 0-7: HT – Strange game in Castlebar with Mayo having exploded from the blocks to lead 0-7 to 0-1 after 21 minutes. But then Kildare shot 1-4 without reply, the goal from Eoin Doyle, to lead at the break.

Division 1 FL: Kerry 0-8 Down 0-1: HT – Could Kerry be about to finally get off the mark this spring? They’re certainly in a strong position in Austin Stack Park at the interval tonight.

Division 1A HL: Cork 0-12 Clare 0-7: HT – A Paudie O’Sullivan point rounded off a fine first-half from Cork as they lead by five points at the interval.

Here’s the state of play in Division 2 at the break – Derry 0-5 Longford 0-2, Armagh 1-5 Louth 1-5, Laois 1-7 Galway 0-6. While in Division 3, Fermanagh are ahead of Cavan by 0-8 to 0-7.

Here’s some images from tonight’s action.

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and John Doyle of Kildare
Pic: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Armagh’s Stefan Campbell with Louth’s Derek Crilly
Pic: INPHO/Presseye/William Cherry

Michael Darragh MacAuley comes into the Dublin team for the second-half of their game with Tyrone instead of Declan O’Mahony.

Division 1A HL: Cork 0-14 Clare 0-8: Colin Ryan grabbed the first point after the interval for Clare but Cork have hit back to stretch their lead with Patrick Horgan and Seamus Harnedy raising white flags.

Division 1 FL: Tyrone 0-11 Dublin 1-7: Little between the teams in Croke Park with Martin Penrose just after nudging Tyrone ahead.

Division 1 FL: Kerry 0-8 Down 1-1: Some hope for Down yet? Donal O’Hare’s goal has certainly provided them with a great boost after the break.

Division 1 FL: Kildare 1-7 Mayo 0-9: An Evan Regan point cuts the deficit that Mayo face in Castlebar.

Division 1 FL: Tyrone 0-13 Dublin 1-7: Cracking point by Sean Cavanagh extends Tyrone’s advantage.

Division 1 FL: Kildare 1-8 Mayo 0-9: Paddy Brophy pushes the Lilywhites ahead by two points.

Division 1A HL: Cork 0-15 Clare 0-14: It’s getting really tight in Páirc Uí Rinn with the latest point by John Conlon for Clare trimming the deficit to a single score.

Latest in Division 2, Armagh are in front of Louth by 1-9 to 1-7 while Laois are ahead of Galway by 1-12 to 0-9.

Division 1A HL: Clare 0-16 Cork 0-15: Brilliant comeback by Clare as Colin Ryan fires over a point that sends them into the lead.

Division 1 FL: Kerry 0-8 Down 1-2: Down starting to make a game of it in Tralee as the Kingdom react by introducing Paul Galvin to the action.

Division 1 FL: Kildare 1-9 Mayo 0-9: Cillian O’Connor has entered the fray for Mayo as they trail by three points in Castlebar.

Division 1 FL: Dublin 1-11 Tyrone 0-14: Kevin McManamon ties the game with a point for Dubln.

Division 1 FL: Kerry 0-10 Down 1-3: Point by Jonathan Lyne sends Kerry ahead by four.

Division 1 FL: Kildare 1-9 Mayo 0-11: A Tom Cunniffe point for Mayo leaves just the minimum between the teams in Castlebar.

Division 1 FL: Clare 1-20 Cork 0-16: Shane O’Donnell strikes to the net for what could be a decisive score for Clare.

Division 1 FL: Kerry 0-10 Down 1-4: Benny Coulter points to leave just three between them after Darran O’Sullivan drove a penalty wide for Kerry.

Division 1 FL: Tyrone 0-18 Dublin 1-12: The Red Hands are three clear in Croke Park and could be set to hand Dublin their first defeat of the year.

Division 1 FL: Kildare 1-10 Mayo 0-12: Cillian O’Connor points for Mayo to cut the gap again.

Division 2 FL: Laois 1-14 Galway 0-10: MJ Tierney sends Laois clear by seven points.

Division 1 HL: Clare 1-22 Cork 1-16: Consolation goal for Cork from Luke O’Farrell.

Division 1 FL: Kildare 1-11 Mayo 0-13: Eoghan O’Flaherty and Cillian O’Connor trade points.

FT – Division 1 FL: Kildare 1-11 Mayo 0-13

FT – Division 1A HL: Clare 1-22 Cork 1-16

Division 2 FL: FT – Derry 0-14 Longford 0-5.

Division 1 FL: FT – Kerry 0-11 Down 1-5.

FT – Division 1 FL: Tyrone 0-18 Dublin 1-14.

FT – Division 2 FL: Louth 1-12 Armagh 1-10

Division 3 FL: FT – Fermanagh 1-12 Cavan 1-10.

Division 2 FL: FT – Laois 1-15 Galway 0-10.

Here’s a recap on some of the main talking points from today’s action.

  • Division 1 FL: Dublin fell to their first defeat of the campaign against Tyrone and are now joined at the top of the table by Mickey Harte’s side and Kildare, who enjoyed a rewarding trip to Castlebar to face Mayo. At the bottom end of the table Mayo, Down and Kerry all have only two points to show but for the Kingdom, it was a vital night as they got off the mark. A big win for Cork as well against Donegal but their success was marred by the suspected cruciate ligament injury suffered by Colm O’Neill.
  • Division 2 FL: Derry go top of the table after triumphing against a Longford team that now look on course for relegation after a fifth straight loss. Vital wins for Laois and Louth to ensure they start to move into the top half of the table.
  • Division 3 FL: Monaghan remain top of the table after thumping Wicklow today while Meath, Fermanagh and Roscommon also claimed victories.
  • Division 4 FL: Tipperary are back in the hunt for promotion after handing Limerick their first defeat of the campaign today. Offaly are also edging towards the top after beating Carlow this afternoon while Leitrim overturned Waterford.

In hurling today:

  • Clare went top of Division 1A after producing a superb second-half display to oust Cork in Páirc Uí Rinn.
  • In Division 1B, Limerick stay unbeaten after they handed Dublin their first loss of the season while Wexford claimed the honours against Antrim.

That’s all from us tonight, thanks for joining us. We’ll be back tomorrow with coverage of the AIB All-Ireland senior club finals.

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Fintan O'Toole