Sunday 28 May 2017

Gaelic football wrap: Dublin's third string defeat DCU, Cavan stun Tyrone and Mayo humbled by NUIG

8 January 2017; Sean Johnston of Cavan smiles as Mattie Donnelly of Tyrone walks off after receiving a red card during the second half of the Bank of Ireland Dr. McKenna Cup Section C Round 1 match between Cavan and Tyrone at Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
8 January 2017; Sean Johnston of Cavan smiles as Mattie Donnelly of Tyrone walks off after receiving a red card during the second half of the Bank of Ireland Dr. McKenna Cup Section C Round 1 match between Cavan and Tyrone at Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
8 January 2017; A bloodied Paul Hudson of Dublin in action against Kevin Feely of DCU during the Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup Group 1 Round 1 match between Dublin and DCU Dochas Eireann at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
8 January 2017; Kevin Feely of DCU talks to team-mates following the Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup Group 1 Round 1 match between Dublin and DCU Dochas Eireann at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
8 January 2017; Conor Geaney of Kerry in action against Liam Casey of Tipperary during the McGrath Cup Round 1 match between Kerry and Tipperary at Austin Stack Park in Tralee, Co. Kerry. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
8 January 2017; Shane Cunningham of Dublin collides with DCU goalkeeper Shane Mannion during the Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup Group 1 Round 1 match between Dublin and DCU Dochas Eireann at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Sean McGoldrick

The introduction of the mark heralded the launch of the 2017 football season this afternoon, but it was the shock defeat of McKenna Cup specialists Tyrone that grabbed the headlines.

Tyrone native Mattie McGleenan made the perfect start as the new Cavan manager when he oversaw the team's four point victory over Mickey Harte’s side at Breffni Park.

The Ulster champions have owned this pre-season tournament in recent years winning the competition five times on the spin.  As the preliminary rounds are run on a league basis they can still reach the semi-final but this setback was unexpected.

Cavan were in control for most of the contest and though the visitors threatened a comeback in the third quarter and the home side had full forward Niall McDermott sent off, they held out for a rare win over Tyrone.

In the other game in this section, the University of Jordanstown, including a number of Donegal senior players including Paddy McBrearty edged out a Donegal team made up of mostly U-21 players by one point.

Elsewhere, the robust health of Dublin football was underlined at Parnell Park when what was effectively their third team hammered DCU.

Any hope the students had of causing an upset evaporated in the first half when Dublin goalkeeper Evan Comerford saved a penalty and Dublin went straight up the field and Paul Hudson found the net to give his side an 1-8 to 0-4 advantage.

It was essentially one-way traffic from then on as Dublin, managed by Paul Clarke, running out seven point winners.

Likewise, Kerry’s burgeoning underage talent bank was underlined in Tralee when their U-21 side beat an understrength Tipperary senior side by four points.

But there was no joy for Mayo’s second string squad as they went down to a NUIG side, which included Galway senior forward Damien Comer, in Castlebar by three points.

Other noteworthy results included Down’s first competitive since in 12 months- they beat Queen’s University; a positive start for new Meath manager Andy McEntee as his side demolished Wicklow in Navan winning by 18 points and Galway beating Sligo in the only all county clash in the Connacht league.

Former Footballer of the Year Jack McCaffrey starred for UCD at centre back as the students earned a draw against Wexford who were having their first outing under new boss Seamus McEneaney.

The full results were:

O'Byrne Cup round 1

Dublin 1-15; DCU 0-11

Offaly 5-18; IT Carlow 0-04

Wexford 2-17; UCD 1-17

Meath 2-22; Wicklow 0-9

Laois 1-15; DIT 0-08

Louth 1-9; Westmeath 0-11

Carlow 3-17; NUI Maynooth 0-16

McGrath Cup round 1

Kerry 3-11 Tipperary 1-03

Clare 1-10 Waterford 0-08

McKenna Cup round 1

Down 1-11 Queens 1-8

Derry 3-10 Armagh 2-12

Antrim 3-12 St Mary's 2-16

Monaghan 1-13; Fermanagh 0-15

Cavan 1-13; Tyrone 0-12

UUJ 2-20; Donegal 4-13

Connacht SFL round 1

Roscommon 6-21; IT Sligo 0-14

NUIG 1-21; Mayo 2-15

Galway 0-13; Sligo 0-10

Leitrim 5-20; GMIT 2-10

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