While there were a number of eye-catching fixtures in Division 1 of the Allianz League this weekend, it was the Division 2 results that stood out as Tipperary recorded a shock win over Donegal while Clare had nine points to spare over Cork.
Here is our round-up of this weekend’s Allianz Football League action.
Allianz Football League Division 1
Kerry 1-18 Dublin 2-14
Peter Keane’s Kerry side welcomed All-Ireland champions, Dublin to Tralee last night in what was a spectacular game from start to finish displaying all the skills of the game and restoring faith in fans that not only can Gaelic football become exciting once more, but maybe, just maybe, Dublin can be toppled in 2019.
Kerry led the game from the seventh minute until the 70th minute only for Dublin to hit three late points and level the game up with a minute to go before Peter Crowley popped up with the winning score in the final minute.
Mayo 1-13 Cavan 0-11
A crowd of almost 10,000 packed into Elvery’s McHale Park for Cavan’s visit to Mayo and it was the home side who maintained their undefeated start to this year’s league campaign.
Cavan led by three points early on but it was Evan Regan who turned out to be the hero on the night, notching 1-2 that proved to be the difference between the two sides at the end.
Roscommon 1-10 Tyrone 1-10
Tyrone secured a much-needed point to avoid the bottom spot in Division 1. It was far from easy for Mickey Harte’s men as they had to fight back from seven points down. Roscommon ran riot in the first-half with points from Conor Cox, Shane Killoran, and Ronan Daly.
Ultan Harney scored Roscommon’s goal midway through the second half but when Cathal McShane finished a short-range effort to the back of the net, Tyrone fought back through Peter Harte, Niall Morgan and Darren McCurry.
Monaghan 0-11 Galway 1-9
Galway edged past Monaghan by the slimmest of margins this afternoon to secure third spot in the Allianz Division 1 table. It was a low-scoring first half with a point from Shane Walsh ensuring that the Connacht side went into the break ahead.
Galway attacked more in the second half and eventually found the net through Johnny Heaney with 10 minutes remaining. Despite late points from Conor McManus and Darren Hughes, the Tribesmen held on for the win.
Allianz Football League Division 2
Fermanagh 0-8 Kildare 0-6
Rory Gallagher’s side picked up their first league points of the year thanks to two late points from Ryan Lyons that saw them take Kildare’s scalp in Enniskillen.
Whilst the game was Kildare’s first league defeat of the season, Fermanagh remain undefeated and now must surely be seen as a good outside bet for promotion.
Clare 3-13 Cork 1-10
Two goals from David Tubridy and Conal O hAinifein inside the opening five minutes set the foundation for Clare to inflict further misery on Cork as they recorded a nine-point win in Cusack Park this afternoon.
Tubridy was again their top scorer, finishing with 1-7 to his name. Cork now lie bottom of the Division 2 table with only one point from three games.
Tipperary 3-9 Donegal 0-13
The shock result of the weekend saw Ulster champions, Donegal, beaten by Tipperary in Semple Stadium for only the second time in their history. Steven O’Brien netted Tipp’s first in the opening minutes but Donegal still led by four at the break, despite having a penalty saved by Tipperary goalkeeper, Michael O’Reilly.
The Premier men outscored their opponents by 2-5 to 0-2 in the final 20 minutes to secure the win with the goals coming from Liam McGrath (free) and Liam Casey.
— Tipperary GAA (@TipperaryGAA) February 10, 2019
Meath 2-13 Armagh 0-13
Meath secured their place at the top of the Division 2 table with a six-point win over Armagh, though the game was a lot closer than the scoreline would suggest.
The Royals led by nine points at the break, helped by a penalty from Mickey Newman, but points from Stefan Campbell, Rian O’Neill, and Rory Grugan saw that deficit reduced to just one. Meath never panicked, however, and a late goal from Ethan Devine secured their win.
Allianz Football League Division 3
Down 0-10 Westmeath 0-9
Paddy Tally’s side was perched on top of Division Three on Saturday night following a one-point win over Westmeath in Newry.
The game was tight and it took a 73rd minute free from Jerome Johnston to separate the two sides in the end. Down’s win was all the more impressive given the fact that they had to play most of the game with 14 men following Pat Havern’s red card.
Offaly 2-8 Louth 2-10
Goals from Sam Mulroy and Ciaran Downey helped Louth pick up two points on the road against Offaly. A winless Offaly now sit in seventh place in danger of relegation.
Laois 2-18 Sligo 2-10
Laois recorded an eight-point win over Sligo at O’Moore Park thanks to second-half goals from Stephen Attride and Donie Kingston.
Substitute Barry O’Gorman managed to grab two goals for Sligo to help claw them back from 12 points down at one stage, but Laois held on to jump from sixth place to second in the table.
Carlow 0-9 Longford 1-11
Connor Berry’s goal helped Longford to a strong away win over Carlow this afternoon. Longford sit proudly on top of Division Three with five points after today’s win.
Allianz Football League Division 4
Waterford 1-8 Derry 2-12
Derry stay top of the division after a seven-point victory away in Waterford despite going down to 13 men.
Waterford lies at the foot of the table
Wicklow 2-08 Limerick 1-06
Goals from Chris O’Brien and Theo Smith helped Wicklow to a win over Limerick to end the Treaty men’s winning start.
Wicklow now sit in fourth position on level points with today’s opponents.
London 2-11 Wexford 0-8
Huge win for London in Ruislip as they beat Wexford by nine points.
Killian Butler starred for the Exiles as they picked up their first points of the season. Wexford drop to sixth whilst London leapfrogs them into fifth.
Leitrim 0-14 Antrim 1-10
The Shannonsiders dream start to life under Terry Hyland continues as they go into the break with six points secured thanks to a last minute score from Domhnaill Flynn clinched a win over Antrim.
Antrim’s poor start continues as they now sit in seventh place in the Division 4 table, joint bottom with Waterford.