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Dublin: 0 °C Monday 21 January, 2019


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Good afternoon and welcome along to our live coverage of today’s Leinster senior football and Ulster senior football championship action.

We’ll be bringing you live updates from O’Moore Park in Laois where Dublin, the All-Ireland champions, get their 2018 campaign underway against Wicklow at 4pm.

Meanwhile, in the day’s other Leinster SFC quarter-final ties, Kildare and Carlow are currently locked in battle while the clash between Longford and Meath at Pearse Park is throwing in just around now.

In the Ulster SFC, Derry host Donegal at Celtic Park, with that game throwing in at 4pm.

Stick with us throughout the day for live updates.

Carlow 1-09 Kildare 1-04

In the first Leinster SFC quarter-final of the day, Carlow are leading Cian O’Neill’s Kildare by five points at O’Connor Park with 44 minutes on the clock.

Longford 0-04 Meath 0-03

A lively start at O’Connor Park as the sides exchange points, before Paddy Collum edges Longford ahead.

The Dublin fans are making their way to Portlaoise, but these supporters from Cuala have been left stranded on the M7 motorway after their bus broke down.

Dublin fans from Cuala GAA Club on the M7 ahead of the game Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Carlow 1-11 Kildare 1-07

Kildare are hanging in by the skin of their teeth as Kevin Keely points to reduce the deficit to four points.

Longford 0-04 Meath 0-04

Meath are on level terms again with Ben Brosnan registering his first-ever championship score.

Some of the early action from Pearse Park.

Diarmuid Masterson with Cillian O'Sullivan Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Diarmuid Masterson with Donal Lenihan Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Diarmuid Masterson with Donal Lenihan Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Carlow 1-12 Kildare 1-07

Carlow extend their lead and it’s that man Paul Broderick again, who has now scored nine points this afternoon.

Carlow 1-12 Kildare 1-09

It’s tight in Tullamore! Daniel Flynn and Kevin Feely hit consecutive points for Kildare and there’s now just three points between the sides heading into the final 10 minutes.

Longford 0-06 Meath 0-05

Longford back in front thanks to Rian Brady’s point after 26 minutes.

Longford 0-07 Meath 0-06

This game is ebbing and flowing and after Meath moved back on level terms, Darren Gallagher quickly restored Longford’s one-point advantage.

A late change for Dublin in Portlaoise, with Paddy Andrews replacing John Small in the starting XV.

Carlow 2-14 Kildare 1-10

Shortly after Broderick fires over his eleventh point of the day, Carlow extend their lead to seven points through Conor Lawlor’s goal — they’re surely in the Leinster SFC semi-finals now.

Full-time! Carlow 2-14 Kildare 1-10

Another brilliant win for Carlow as they record their first championship victory over Kildare since 1953, and in the process seal their passage through to a Leinster SFC semi-final.

We’ll have a full report from O’Connor Park shortly.

O’Moore Park looks in great condition for the visit of Dublin and Wicklow. Throw-in is fast approaching at 4pm.

Brilliant scenes in Tullamore.

No changes for Wicklow from the team they named during the week, with John Evans’ side looking to cause the upsets of all upsets this afternoon. The Dubs are out!

Stephen Cluxton leads out his team Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Jim Gavin Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

In the Ulster SFC, Derry and Donegal have just thrown in at Celtic Park.



Dublin 0-01 Wicklow 0-00

The All-Ireland champions are up and running as Dean Rock converts an early free.


Longford 0-10 Meath 0-08

The hosts have started the second half well at Pearse Park — where today’s attendance is 5,591 — and they’ve pulled two points clear.


Dublin 0-03 Wicklow 0-00

Jim Gavin’s side are settling into the game now and Con O’Callaghan’s opening point of the 2018 championship is quickly followed by another, as Ciaran Kilkenny fists a a point over the bar.


Dublin 1-03 Wicklow 0-00

It didn’t take Dublin long to find the net, as Fenton beats Mark Jackson in the Wicklow goal after good work from Michael Darragh Macauley.


Dublin 1-05 Wicklow 0-00

Dublin beginning to motor now and Wicklow are unable to deal with their pace and power up front, as Kilkenny gets his second score of the day and Brian Howard gets his name on the board with a lovely point.


Longford 0-12 Meath 0-10

15 minutes into the second half, and Longford’s lead remains at two points.


Dublin 2-06 Wicklow 0-00

It’s going to be a long afternoon for Wicklow, who have hit four wides and are now trailing by 12 points. Dean Rock finishes into an empty net for Dublin’s second goal inside the opening 14 minutes.


Dublin 2-08 Wicklow 0-01

Wicklow are on the board courtesy of James Stafford!


Longford 0-15 Meath 0-10

Meath have been reduced to 14 men after Shane McEntee was sent off, and Longford’s lead is now out to five points.


Dean Rock with Ciaran Hyland Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Brian Fenton celebrates scoring a goal Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Brian Fenton scores a goal Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO


Dublin 2-09 Wicklow 0-02

Theo Smyth kicks another point for Wicklow from distance, before Ciaran Kilkenny strikes at the other end.


Dublin 2-09 Wicklow 1-02

Goal for Wicklow! And it’s James Stafford who gets it as the Dublin defence is exposed under the high ball.


Longford 0-15 Meath 0-13

Game on at Pearse Park with just two points in it again.


Derry 0-3 Donegal 1-07

In the Ulster SFC, Donegal are in charge of the early proceedings at Celtic Park thanks to Hugh McFadden’s goal.


It’s tight in Longford!

Donal Keogan reacts to missing a goal chance Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Conor McGill with Darren Gallagher Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Robbie Smith with Conor McGill Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO


Dublin 2-12 Wicklow 1-03

Dublin respond to conceding that goal with a flurry of points from Rock, O’Callaghan and Paddy Andrews. Their lead is back to 12 points.


Longford 0-16 Meath 0-14

Into four minutes of added time at Pearse Park.


Dublin 3-13 Wicklow 1-03

It’s all too easy now. Kilkenny adds a third goal with a brilliant finish.


Full-time! Longford 0-16 Meath 0-14

An outstanding second half performance sees Longford over the line at Pearse Park, and advance through to the Leinster SFC semi-finals while Meath are in the qualifiers.


Half-time! Dublin 4-13 Wicklow 1-04

Con O’Callaghan rounds off a clinical first half display from the Dubs with a fourth goal and they take a 18 point lead into the break.


Laois, Carlow and Longford have already booked their places in the Leinster SFC semi-finals and with Dublin leading Wicklow by 18 points, Jim Gavin’s side are set to join the last four line-up at Croke Park.

You can read more on Carlow’s stunning win over Kildare here.

Carlow players celebrate at the final whistle Source: Ken Sutton/INPHO


Dublin 4-13 Wicklow 1-04

Back underway at O’Moore Park.


Dublin 4-13 Wicklow 1-05

Jim Gavin has made a couple of changes for the second half with Eoin Murchan and Conor McHugh on for Michael Fitzsimons and Dean Rock. Rory Finn, meanwhile, has just scored the opening point of the second period for Wicklow.


Dublin 4-17 Wicklow 1-5

Dublin back in their stride with points from Con O’Callaghan and Brian Fenton.

Meanwhile, Paul Flynn is on for Michael Darragh Macauley.


Another change for Dublin.


Derry 0-10 Donegal 1-13

At Celtic Park, Derry have worked their way back into the contest but are still six points behind Donegal 10 minutes into the second half.


Dublin 4-19 Wicklow 1-07

Another Ciaran Kilkenny point, and Gavin makes another change with Colm Basquel replacing Paddy Andrews.


Scenes in Longford.

Graham Reilly dejected at the end of the game Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Darren Gallagher celebrates with Liam Connerton at the final whistle Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Michael Quinn celebrates at the final whistle Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO


Dublin 4-21 Wicklow 1-07

He was only on the pitch a matter of minutes before finishing off a brilliant team move, as Basquel gets in on the act. Kevin McManamon has replaced Con O’Callaghan in the Dublin forward line. Their lead is now 23 points.


Derry 0-12 Donegal 1-14 

The sides are exchanging points in this afternoon’s Ulster SFC quarter-final, but it’s Donegal who remain in the driving seat.


Dublin 4-22 Wicklow 1-09

Brian Fenton adds another, but to be fair to Wicklow they’re not giving up and throwing everything they can at the Dublin defence. 10 minutes to go at O’Moore Park.


A view of the half time scoreline Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Ciaran Kilkenny scores a goal Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Paddy Andrews with Ciaran Hyland Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO


Dublin 4-23 Wicklow 1-09

Ciaran Kilkenny has been in top form today and he adds another to his tally, as Dublin’s lead extends to 23 points.


Derry 0-13 Donegal 2-15

Donegal are pulling clear now as Cian Mulligan finishes off a fine team move for the visitors’ second goal at Celtic Park.


Dublin 4-24 Wicklow 1-11

Wicklow finishing with a flurry with a couple of late points of their own.


Full-time! Dublin 4-25 Wicklow 1-11

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