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Dublin: 16 °C Saturday 11 July, 2020

Weekend round-up: NFL victories for Cork, Laois

All the details you need to know about Sunday’s GAA action across the country.

Jamie O'Sullivan (Cork) with Conor Garvey (Down)
Jamie O'Sullivan (Cork) with Conor Garvey (Down)
Image: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

IT HAS BEEN another busy day of GAA action.

With the Mayo v Dublin clash, abandoned because of fog, and Kerry v Armagh scheduled for Saturday evening, only two National Football League Division 1 games were down for decision.

Cork 4-11 Down 0-10

The Rebel County’s ability to score goals proved to be the difference between themselves and Ulster rivals Down at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. James McCartan’s men began their challenge on Leeside in a positive manner and soon found themselves three points to the good but a 2-4 tally in reply from Cork – that went unanswered by the visitors – turned the contest on its head before the break and put Conor Counihan’s men firmly in charge. Key man: Patrick Kelly, Cork. The attacker netted three of his team’s four goals.

Paddy McGrath (Donegal) and Ross Munnelly (Laois). INPHO/Kieran Murray

Donegal 2-06 Laois 2-09

Ulster champions Donegal left it very late to make a contest of their Division 1 clash with Laois. Their Leinster rivals were 2-9 to 0-4 ahead – on the back of a rather disappointing and flat display – with 15 minutes, before two goals in quick succession for Anthony Thompson and Neil Gallagher put a much more competitive look on the scoreboard. Despite Laois’ failure to score further, they hung on the for win and for more details, check out our LiveblogKey man: Padraig Clancy, Laois. Both scorer and supplier, Clancy led Laois’ attacking line all day.

Other Results:

Allianz Football League Division 2

Galway 1-08 Louth 0-11, Pearse Stadium

It ended honours even between Galway and Louth. The Tribesmen started brightly and were 1-5 to 0-2 to the good approaching half time; however, Louth stuck to their task in a determined fashion and came back strongly after the break. The home side scored only twice in the second half while both Andy McDonnell and Paddy Keenan helped their team back on track and should perhaps have lead them to victory had their finishing been more clinical.

Monaghan 0-17 Kildare 0-12, Clones

Solid performances from Paul Finlay and Darren Hughes helped Monaghan secure their first league win of the season. The contest in Clones, however, will likely make headlines for all the wrong reasons as an ugly scuffle between players and team officials just before half-time led to a red card for Kildare’s Brian Flanagan and bookings for Padraig O’Neill (Kildare) as well as Dick Clerkin and Dessie Mone (both Monaghan).

Tyrone 2-15 Derry 0-09, Healy Park

A first half goal from Mickey Murphy and a penalty from Peter Harte were enough to help Tyrone secure victory in the Ulster derby of Division 2. The Red Hands looked fairly comfortable throughout and when their opponents were reduced in 14 men – following the dismissal of Patsy Bradley – there was only ever going to be one result.

Westmeath 0-05 Meath 0-17, Cusack Park

The crowd at Cusack Park might have been expecting a hard-fought encounter between these two local rivals but the in-form play of Meath’s forward lines resulted in a surprisingly facile win for the Royals. Cian Ward and Stephen Bray got their team off the mark early and Westmeath, simply, had no answers to the questions asked of them. Defender Michael Ennis saw red for a second yellow card on 53 minutes and there was even time for a late appearance from Graham Geraghty, though he was denied a goal because of a wonderful save from Gary Connaughton.
St. Patrick’s celebrate their All-Ireland Junior Club Championship final win over Derrytresk at Croke Park. INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

Allianz Football League Division 3

Offaly 1-06 Roscommon 0-12, Tullamore

Tipperary 0-13 Antrim 1-12, Thurles

Sligo 4-14 Wexford 1-17, Markievicz Park

Allianz Football League Division 4

Limerick 1-13 London 1-07, Gaelic Grounds

Carlow 0-13 Leitrim 2-09, Dr Cullen Park

Fermanagh 0-11 Clare 0-08, Brewster Park

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