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Kavanagh on fire as Tribes thump Sligo


Galway's James Kavanagh. Picture credit: Ray Ryan / SPORTSFILE

Galway's James Kavanagh. Picture credit: Ray Ryan / SPORTSFILE

Galway's James Kavanagh. Picture credit: Ray Ryan / SPORTSFILE

FORMER Kildare player James Kavanagh delivered a man-of-the-match display for Galway in their 3-10 to 0-8 FDB League win over Sligo in Tuam yesterday.

Reigning champions Leitrim opened their 2014 campaign with a 1-14 to 1-11 win over GMIT at Cloone, while Roscommon and IT Sligo shared the spoils following a keenly contested encounter, which finish 1-14 apiece at Kiltoom.

In Munster, both Kerry and Cork claimed quarter-final wins in the McGrath Cup.

Kerry were never troubled in a 0-17 to 0-8 win over IT Tralee, and will meet Cork IT in next weekend's semi-final.

New Cork boss Brian Cuthbert got a great start as his charges claimed a 3-22 to 0-7 win over Limerick IT.

Cork IT had an easy 5-17 to 2-6 win over Mary Immaculate College while UL will meet Cork in the semi-final after beating UCC by 5-18 to 4-16 at the Gaelic Grounds.

Tyrone put in a storming second-half display to claim a 0-13 to 1-7 McKenna Cup win over Donegal.

Micky Harte's men outscored their hosts by eight points to two in the second half, to carve out a two-point win.

Michael Murphy had a penalty saved by Niall Morgan before responding with a 31st-minute goal to hand Donegal a 1-5 to 0-5 interval led.

But Tyrone crept ahead after the restart, curbing Donegal's scoring opportunities and taking control of the game.

Elsewhere, Ulster champions Monaghan were beaten 2-15 to 2-11 by Derry yesterday.

Derry led 2-4 to 1-6 at half-time, with no black cards in the opening half and goals from Enda Lynn and James Kielt.

A 45th-minute Niall McConville goal paved the way for Armagh to take a 1-17 to 0-15 win over Queen's University at the Athletic Grounds.

In Group C, Cavan had a 3-12 to 0-12 win over Antrim in Creggan, with goals from Kevin Tierney (2) and David Givney.

Ten players were on target for Down in their 1-15 to 0-7 win over UUJ in Newry.

UUJ started brightly thanks to scores from Niall McKeever and Paul McPolin, but Down registered five unanswered points and never looked back. Mark Poland led the charge for the hosts, with five points.