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The Allianz Leagues got underway this evening as some of the top sides in the country battled it out for some early season bragging rights.
The game of the day in hurling saw the meeting of Munster rivals, Tipperary and Clare, whilst Mayo and Roscommon faced-off in the football headliner.
Dublin faced a tough test against Carlow in Division 1B of the hurling, whilst Down welcomed Laois to Páirc Esler in a Division Three football clash that had neutrals curious.
Here is Pundit Arena’s complete round-up of Saturday’s Allianz League results.
Allianz Football League Division 1
Mayo 1-08 – 1-07 Roscommon
The Connacht rivals met for the opening game of this year’s Allianz League in McHale Park where the weather conditions meant that spectators were never going to get free-flowing football.
It was Roscommon who dominated the early proceedings restricting Mayo to a single score and going in at half time four points in front.
Mayo fought back in the second half before going a point up with ten minutes to go, before Brian Reape scored a vital goal on his league debut to put daylight between the sides. Substitute, Shane Killoran scored a goal late on for Roscommon but it was to be too late as James Horan makes a winning return to the Mayo hot seat.
Allianz Football League Division 3
Down 1-12 – 2-15 Laois
It was Laois who came out on top in Páirc Esler tonight by six points against Paddy Tally’s Down side.
Down led by four points at half-time, however, Laois rallied after the restart levelling the game midway through the second half before a Colm Murphy goal put them four points ahead. A Donal O’Hare goal brought Down back to within two points, but it was to be Laois’s day as Paul Cahillane fired home with a couple of minutes left to seal the win.
— Laois GAA (@CLGLaois) January 26, 2019
Allianz Football League Division 4
Waterford 0-9 – 1-7 Wicklow
Wicklow recorded a huge away win over Waterford at Fraher Field this evening. Waterford must be kicking themselves after restricting Wicklow to a single first-half point. Patrick O’Connor scored a quickfire 1-1 midway through the second half to drag Wicklow back into the game before Mark Jackson landed an injury-time free to give Wicklow the spoils.
Check out the full-time highlights between Tipperary and Clare here! pic.twitter.com/welZMrIgbA
— The GAA (@officialgaa) January 26, 2019
Allianz Hurling League Division 1A
Tipperary 2-16 – 1-11 Clare
The standout game of the evening saw Munster rivals Tipperary and Clare face off at Semple Stadium. Tipperary led the game from start to finish. Taking control early on, the Premier County led by seven points before Clare won a penalty which was dispatched by Niall Deasy.
Tony Kelly was handed a straight red card eight minutes into the second half before Tipp talisman, Seamus Callanan scored two goals in a minute to put the game firmly to bed. Callanan ended the game with 2-7 to his name.
Allianz Hurling League Division 1B
Dublin 3-14 – 0-18 Carlow
The Dubs welcomed the Carlow Rising to Parnell Park this evening in what turned out to be a thoroughly entertaining game. Darragh O’Connell scored an early goal to set Mattie Kenny’s side on their way, however, it was Carlow who finished the half stronger going in two points in front.
However, Eamonn Dillon and Donal Burke both fired to the net in the second half to give Dublin a morale-boosting home win.
Allianz Hurling League Division 2A
Antrim 2-16 – 1-21 Kerry
Antrim hosted Kerry in a thriller at Corrigan Park in Belfast which saw the Kingdom come out on top by two points.
By all accounts, Kerry were the better side, and it showed as they went in at half-time six points clear. An Eoin O’Neill goal five minutes into the second half dragged them back into the game as both sides went tit-for-tat down the home stretch. However, it was the Kerrymen who were able to hold out for a great away win.
— Antrim GAA (@AontroimGAA) January 26, 2019
Allianz Hurling League Division 2A
Warwickshire 0-12 – 2-21 Wicklow
Wicklow travelled to the English Midlands today hoping to start their 2A campaign on a positive note. However, they didn’t have it all their own way as the two sides traded points throughout the opening 35 minutes, it was Warwickshire who ended the half one point in front.
Wicklow found another gear in the second half as goals from Michael Boland and John Henderson set them up for a 15 point victory.
— Official Wicklow GAA (@wicklowgaa) January 26, 2019
Down 0-14 – 1-16 Derry
The two Ulster sides went toe-to-toe this afternoon in Páirc Esler with both sides evenly matched throughout the first 35 minutes finishing the half at eight points apiece.
They continued to trade points in the second half until Derry scored the games only goal on 57 minutes through Alan Grant to put them four points clear and all but seal the game for the Oak Leaf County.
#AllianzLeagues Lancashire 0-10 Tyrone 2-17 result
— Tyrone GAA (@TyroneGAALive) January 26, 2019
Allianz Hurling League Division 3A
Lancashire 0-10 – 2-17 Tyrone
Tyrone blitzed their way to a win this afternoon in Abbottstown finishing the game with 13 points over the English side.
The Red Hands stamped their authority quickly, with Bryan McGurk registering his sides first goal before Lancashire had even scored. Damien Casey scored Tyrone’s second goal before half-time to kill the game as a contest.