GAA results: Sub Daniel Watson to the rescue for the Dubs as Lilies power past Longford
Dublin substitute Daniel Watson scored 2-1 in an outstanding 15 minutes cameo to lead the All-Ireland champions to a 2-6 to 0-8 win over Louth at Parnell Park.
Both sides struggled in atrocious conditions and Dublin’s Jason Whelan had the only point of the opening half hour before Louth rallied late for a 0-3 to 0-1 lead at the break.
Dublin were in need of inspiration and it was the young Mr Watson who provided it.
Kildare continued their eyecatching form under new boss Jason Ryan as they obliterared Longford by 3-20 to 0-6 at Newtowncashel.
St Laurence’s man Padraig Fogarty found the net inside the first five minutes and Kildare never looked back to lead by 1-11 to 0-2 by half time.
Further goals came in the second half from Mikey Conway and Darroch Mulhall as the Lilywhites cruised to a 23-point success.
Laois got the better of near-neighbours Offally with a 2-18 to 1-15 win at Portlaoise.
Laois held a slender one point lead at the break with Conor Meredith and Martin Scully finding the net. Ciaran Hurley was the Offaly goalscorer but they trailed by 2-6 to 1-7 at half-time.
Offaly tried gallantly in the second period but Laois had two many guns and edged away for a six-point success.
A late pointed free from goalkeeper Robert Lambert was enough to give Wicklow a 1-21 to 3-13 victory over DIT at Newtownmountkennedy.
Wexford were the big losers tonight as they slumped to a 2-10 to 2-3 defeat at Enniscorthy.
Meath ran out 0-18 to 0-12 winners over Carlow IT in Navan.
DCU claimed another inter-county scalp with a 2-15 to 2-9 over Westmeath at Lakepoint Park (St Loman’s), Mullingar.
DCU led by five points at the break thanks to goals from Conor McGraynor and Patrick Fox.
Paul Sharry and Dessie Dolan grabbed second half goals for the hosts but it was not nearly enough.
At the Carlow IT Grounds, Athlone IT bounced back from a heavy weekend defeat to Kildare to beat Carlow by 1-15 to 0-13.
In the Power NI Dr McKenna Cup, St Mary’s upset Fermanagh with a 3-8 to 1-10 victory at Brewster Park.
Pete McGrath’s men opened with five unanswered points but St Mary’s rallied late in the first half and Conor McCann’s goal helped them to a 0-6 to 1-5 lead at the break.
A goal early in the second half from Thomas Canavan extended St Mary’s advantage but Fermanagh responded with a Seamus Quigley penalty and a Quigley point had them ahead briefly but Mary’s gathered themselves again and Aidan McGarrity’s late goal was enough to guarantee victory.
Power NI Dr McKenna Cup Round 1 Section B Results
Fermanagh 1-10 St Mary’s 3-8, Brewster Park
Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup Results
Laois 2-18 Offaly 1-15, Portlaoise
Wexford 2-3 UCD 2-10, St Patrick’s Park, Enniscorthy
Longford 0-6 Kildare 3-20, Newtowncashel
Carlow 0-13 Athlone IT 1-15, Carlow IT Grounds
Wicklow 1-21 DIT 3-13, Newtownmountkennedy
Meath 0-18 Carlow IT 0-12, Páirc Tailteann, Navan
Dublin 2-6 Louth 0-8, Parnell Park
Westmeath 2-9 DCU 2-15, Lakepoint Park (St Loman’s), Mullingar