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Bare chests, grappling and goals: The best images from the weekend's championship

Here’s how the first big Championship weekend looked.

THE ALL-IRELAND SENIOR Football Championship kicked in to gear this weekend with knock-out action in three provinces.

Thankfully, there were some world class sports photographers there to document the action. Here’s what they saw (click on the scoreline for a full match report).

Leitrim 0 – 8 Galway 1- 13

Tribesman Gary O’Donnell scrambles over Donal Wrynn

Gary OÕDonnell and Donal Wrynn Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Leitrim’s Sean McWeeney gets a handle on Damien Comer of Galway

Sean McWeeney and Damien Comer Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Comer seems to attract the touchy-feely sort, here he is subjected to friendly fire from Michael Lundy

Damien Comer celebrates scoring his side's first goal with Michael Lundy Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Donal Wrynn reacts to a missed chance

Donal Wrynn reacts to a missed chance Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Donegal 1 – 13 Tyrone 1 – 10

Tyrone’s Justin McMahon takes flight between Michael Murphy and Neil McGee

Michael Murphy and Neil McGee with Justin McMahon Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Neil Gallagher’s pecs can’t be kept under wraps while Odhran Mac Niallais tangles with Tyrone’s Ronan McNamee

Odhran Mac Niallais and Ronan McNamee Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Colm McFadden glares at teammate Patrick McBrearty after Donegal pass up a scoring chance

Colm McFadden looks at teammate Patrick McBrearty Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Donegal’s Martin McElhinney drives in his goal

Martin McElhinney scores a goal Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Westmeath 3 – 14 Louth 0 -16

Westmeath’s Ray Connellan celebrates scoring their third goal of the game

Ray Connellan celebrates scoring Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Louth’s Bevan Duffy attempts to wriggle free of John Stapleton

Bevan Duffy and Ray Connellan Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Umbrellas were essential kit for Sunday supporters

Spectators shelter under umbrellas during the game Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Laois 3 – 16 Carlow 0 – 8

Saturday was a fine day though

Laois make their way out Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Carlow’s Daniel St.Ledger tries to step past Conor Boyle

Daniel St.Ledger and Conor Boyle Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Brendan Quigley of Laois out-jumps Carlow’s Eoghan Ruth

Eoghan Ruth and Brendan Quigley Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Longford 0 – 16 Offaly 0 -13

Nigel Dunne fires in a second half free

Nigel Dunne takes a free Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Alan Mulhall saves a penalty, denying Longford’s Michael Quinn

Alan Mulhall saves a penalty from Michael Quinn Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Longford Bainisteoir Jack Sheedy celebrates victory and a date with Dublin in Croke Park

Jack Sheedy Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Donegal and Tyrone have already given us the first schemozzle of the summer

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