There were 14 games on this Wednesday evening across the pre-season GAA competitions as the Ulster and Connacht football competitions got underway tonight.
There was also the bow of Kilkenny and Wexford hurlers as well as the Dublin footballers who, minus most of their big names, only managed a draw with Offaly in the Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup.
In a dramatic finale, Dublin lost a late lead as the Faithful battled on to grab a share of the spoils against the inexperienced Dubs.
The Dublin hurlers were also in action – they defeated Meath by 15 points, just days after the Royals beat Antrim.
It was a busy evening for Meath GAA – their footballers were in action – and had to fight hard to get a 0-09 to 0-07 win over Carlow.
Kilkenny also began life after Michael Fennelly, when they visited Laois. Brian Cody started another season at the helm with a comprehensive 6-24 to 1-11 victory over Laois.
The other eye-catching result to come out of Leinster was Louth’s win over Kildare, as the Wee County had eight points to spare at the final whistle.
There was also action in Ulster as all nine counties kicked off their Dr McKenna Cup campaigns. Three college teams make up the 12-team round robin competition which saw notable wins for Donegal, Tyrone (who put up a huge score against Antrim) and Armagh.
In Connacht, Galway and Roscommon got 2018 off and running with wins.
— Roscommon GAA (@RoscommonGAA) January 3, 2018
Mid-week GAA results
Walsh Cup Hurling
Wexford 1-20 Carlow 0-18
Kilkenny 6-24 Laois 1-11
Dublin 4-17 Meath 0-14
O’Byrne Cup Football
Dublin 1-13 Offaly 0-16
Louth 2-11 Kildare 0-09
Meath 0-09 Carlow 0-07
FBD Insurance League
Galway 1-12 Sligo 0-11
Roscommon 2-14 Leitrim 1-03
Dr McKenna Cup
Tyrone 4-20 Antrim 2-11
Cavan 0-15 St Mary’s 0-12
Armagh 2-12 Down 0-13
Derry 2-14 Ulster University 3-10
Donegal 2-15 Queen’s University, Belfast 0-06
Fermanagh 2-11 Monaghan 0-12