Cork defeat Kerry in McGrath Cup Final, while Clare hurlers start 2014 with victory
Cork footballers claimed early season silverware when they defeated neighbours Kerry to win the McGrath Cup on a busy day of inter-county action.
Defending McKenna champions Tyrone will defend their title next week where they will face Cavan, while Leitrim and Roscommon will square off in the FBD League Final.
Rebels manager will be pleased to have laid an early season marker with a new look side as they defeated the Kingdom on a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-11 in Mallow today.
In a low scoring first half, Kerry took a one point lead into the dressing room, leading 0-5 to 0-4 and while it was a nip-and-tuck affair, a goal from John Hayes was to be the crucial score of the game. The Rebels received two black cards in the closing stages as Kerry also had a player go into the black book.
In Ulster, Tyrone proved too strong for Derry at Omagh and will put their Dr. McKenna Cup on the line next weekend when they take on Cavan. The Breffni men had four points to spare over Monaghan at Enniskillen.
In Connacht, reigning FBD champions Leitrim will be back to defend their title after a brave second-half fightback saw them earn a draw against Sligo in Ballinamore this afternoon.
They will meet Roscommon in the decider after the Rossies secured a two point win over All-Ireland finalists Mayo.
Meath secured their place in the O'Byrne Cup Final when they proved far too strong for the students of DCU, running out victors on a scoreline of 4-18 to 3-06. Rising star Cillian O’Sullivan shot 2-2 as Meath moved within 70 minutes of their first piece of silverware under Mick O’Dowd.
Meath will play Kildare after Padraig Fogarty bagged four goals for the Lillywhites as they defeated UCD, easing to victory on a scoreline of 5-17 to 2-11.
In the Walsh Cup quarter-finals, Kilkenny hit DIT for five goals in an emphatic victory over the students, while Galway edged past Offaly in Tullamore.
The Cats led by 13 points at the interval and showed no let-up in the second half to seal a place in next week’s semi-final against the Tribesmen in Freshford.
Galway had the bare minimum to spare over the Faithful county and showed great character to battle from seven points down at one stage.
In the Waterford Crystal Cup there were wins for All-Ireland champions Clare, Tipperary, UL and UCC
McGrath Cup Final
Cork 1-10 v Kerry 0-10, Mallow
Dr. McKenna Cup semi-finals:
Tyrone 2-13 v Derry 1-13, Omagh
Cavan 0-16 v Monaghan 1-9, Enniskillen
O'Byrne Cup semi-finals:
Meath 4-18 v DCU 3-06, Navan
Kildare 5-17 v UCD 2-11, Newbridge
IT Sligo 1-13 v NUI Galway 0-8, Connacht GAA centre, Bekan
Roscommon 1-10 v Mayo 1-8, Ballinlough
Galway 0-13 v GMIT 0-6, Tuam Stadium
Leitrim 1-12 v Sligo 2-9, Ballinamore
Walsh Cup quarter-finals:
Kilkenny 5-23 v DIT 1-08, Blackwater
Galway 1-14 v Offaly 1-13, Tullamore
Waterford Crystal Cup quarter-finals:
Tipperary 2-18 v Kerry -08
UL 2-13 v Waterford IT 1-20
Clare 1-14 v Limerick 0-11
UCC 3-28 v Mary Immaculate 2-14