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Rebels Rise Up The Table, As Late Tyrone Surge Sinks Kildare

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Dublin 0-18 Cork 1-17

Cork’s run so far in the league has been fairly impressive and when they travelled to Croke Park to face the Dubs, it was certain the encounter would not fail to disappoint.  Dublin have been fairly consistent so far in the league and seem to be building nicely towards the championship.

Both sides started the game well and exchanged early points to keep things even for most of the first half, though Dublin did eventually push ahead and seemed as though they were beginning to pull away from the Rebels. Cork remained composed and started to turn the screw a little when the decisive score of the game, a goal by John Hayes made sure they regained the lead at half time.

The second half was all about a positive start for the Rebels to ensure that this game was not going to slip from their grasp. Several free kicks from Daniel Goulding helped Cork to maintain their lead, but despite this Dublin made a comeback of sorts. Late points from Colm O’Neill and Donal Og Hodnett made sure the rebels came home with the points however.

Tyrone 3-16 Kildare 1-21

Tyrone stunned Kildare with their late surge of two goals that gave them all points from a game where Kildare will be wondering how it all went wrong.

The Lilywhites started this game well and seemed to stamp their authority with a lead of 7 points early on and seemed certain to win this game. Kildare maintained their lead for most of the half until Tyrone brought themselves back in to the game with a goal from Emmet McKenna to cut the gap to just a single point at half time. Kildare, for all their dominance in the first half, will be disappointed that they let their lead slip away.

The second half would be somewhat a carbon copy of the first as Kildare began to regain their lead and pushed further ahead when Tomas O’Connor flicked the ball over his head and in to the Tyrone net. Kildare led by five points approaching the last few minutes, when two late goals for Tyrone from Ronan O’Neill and Mark Donnelly gave them a one point victory despite Kildare’s overall dominance.

Mayo 2-15 Kerry 1-13

Mayo hosted visitors Kerry in Castlebar this weekend, with both sides in desperate need of a victory to avoid the prospect of relegation.

A very early goal by Alan Freeman set the tone for the game as Mayo proved they are not to be taken lightly. Kerry gradually got into the swing of things and began to chip away at the scoreboard, but a second goal from Jason Doherty made sure the home side never really lost their grip on the game. Mayo led by 2-7 to 0-11 points at the break.

A brilliant goal by Stephen O Brien gave Kerry a boost they so badly needed after conceding two earlier goals. They had the lead now, but Mayo stepped up a gear and ran out easy winners by five points in the end giving them their first league points and Kerry now face the prospect of relegation from division one.

Derry 3-16 Westmeath 0-12

Well sometimes the scoreline says it all, Derry were vastly superior and have been the team that deserves greater praise than most.

They have been a surprise package so far in the league and with the way that they are playing it will be hard to stop them. Westmeath on the other hand will be wondering what to take from this.

Two early goals by Derry in the opening minute of the game by Cailean O’Boyle and Benny Heron gave them the early lead as the game seemed over as a contest in about 60 seconds. Westmeath faced a tall order to get back into things as Derry were completely rampant all over the pitch. Derry led comfortably by 2-7 to 0-6 points at the break and closed out the game with a third goal coming from McGuckin to give them very clear daylight between the sides at the finish.

Image courtesy of RTE.ie

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