Rebels stay on course for final spot
Cork got back to winning ways in the NFL Division 1 after a key victory against Dublin in Páirc Ui Rinn last night maintains their push for a final place.
Cork were the dominant force in the first-half with Daniel Goulding cutting open the Dublin defence for a 1-2 haul early on. Goulding's 12th minute goal was a clinically despatched shot after a driving run forward by Alan O'Connor that left Cork 1-3 to 0-2 in front.
Dublin corner-forward Kevin McManamon hit the net in the 22nd minute. That ensured Dublin trailed 1-4 to 1-3 -- but Cork produced a devastating response. Patrick Kelly created the opening for Paul Kerrigan to smash the ball to the net in the 27th minute and Cork went in at the break with a 2-8 to 1-5 advantage.
Pat Gilroy's men received a huge fillip in the 46th minute when Bernard Brogan crowned a mazy run with a classy strike to the net.
But Dublin never adquately built on that and subsequently went 20 minutes without adding to their tally. Cork cranked up the gears once more with Ciaran Sheehan, Goulding, Alan O'Connor and Kerrigan all finding their range.
Scorers -- Cork: D Goulding 1-4 (0-2f), P Kerrigan 1-2, C Sheehan, D Kavanagh, P Kelly 0-2 each, A O'Connor 0-1 Dublin: B Brogan 1-2 (0-1f), K McManamon 1-1, E Fennell, A Hubbard, C Keaney (0-1f) 0-1 each
Meath got back on the winning trail in the NFL Division 2 at Pairc Tailteann last night.
It needed some fine second half points from Cian Ward accompanied by a sublime sideline kick from Joe Sheridan to haul Meath back on level terms with five minutes remaining. Late points from Michael Burke and substitute Peadar Byrne sealed the win. The only goal of the game arrived in the 25th minute when Billy Sheehan rose above Meath keeper Paddy O'Rourke to fist a Cathal Og Greene centre to the net.
Scorers -- Meath: C Ward 0-3 (2f, 1 '45'), O Lewis 0-3, J Sheridan 0-3 (1 sideline), S O'Rourke 0-2, P Byrne 0-1, M Burke 0-1. Laois: B Sheehan 1-1, D Kingston 0-4 (4f), M John Tierney 0-1, C Begley 0-1, C Rogers 0-1, P O'Leary 0-1.
DOWN impressively claimed local bragging rights last night, with a seven point humiliation of 14-man Armagh.
The win cements their place at the top of Division 2 and hot favourites for promotion.
Armagh wing back Finnian Moriarity got his second yellow card in the 33rd minute, compounding the visitor's poor first half in Pairc Esler.
A rip-roaring start to this local derby, saw Bennie Coulter rattle home to the net after only 50 seconds. Danny Hughes floated a ball into the square and when Andy Mallon and goalkeeper Philip McEvoy jumped for the ball and missed it, Coulter was on hand to give his side a dream start.
And they bombed on from that opening goal, to open up a 1-3 to nil lead after five minutes. Armagh were given a little belief in the 12th minute, when Stefan Forker won a penalty off Dan McCartan, with Steven McDonnell sending the keeper the wrong way.
Down kept their opponents at arm's length for much of the second half, with Armagh struggling to get past their defence, especially being a man light. Frees from Conor Maginn and a super right footed effort by Rodgers added to Armagh's woes, as Down were up 1-11 to 1-08 with 10 minutes left.
Scorers -- Down: B Coulter 1-1, M Poland 0-3 (2f),A Rodgers 0-3 (1f), J Clarke 0-2 (1f), M Clarke 0-2 (1f), C Maginn 0-1, D Hughes 0-1,
Armagh: S McDonnell 1-3 (1f , 1pen), G Swift 0-2, F Moriarity 0-1
MICHAEL Murphy hit seven points for Donegal as the Ulster outfit eased their relegation fears with a hard-fought one-point victory against Tipperary in Thurles last night.
The north-westerners flattered to deceive in front of just 471 spectators at Semple Stadium and could have lost but for Murphy's scoring power and some poor Tipp finishing. Donegal led by 0-6 to 1-1 at half-time as Stephen Hahessy netted Tipp's goal direct from a 45 in bizarre fashion. Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan had denied Barry Grogan with a brilliant early save but the Four Masters shot-stopper was at fault for Hahessy's goal. Relegation-haunted Tipp were back to within a point in the second half before sub Stephen Griffin settled Donegal's nerves with a 49th minute goal. Tipp captain Robbie Costigan replied in kind in the 57th minute but Donegal held out for a third win from five league outings.
Scorers -- Donegal: M Murphy 0-7 (5f), S Griffin 1-0, C McFadden 0-2 (1f). Tipperary: R Costigan 1-1, S Hahessy 1-0 (45), B Grogan 0-2f, P Austin & B Coen 0-1 each