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Allianz Football League Round-Up: Cavan Blow Division One Wide Open

Round Four of the Allianz Football League is officially in the books and now we can get a clear view of who is heading for the drop and who is looking at silverware.

Dublin defeated Mayo last night in Croke Park in a highly-anticipated encounter that turned out to be a damp squib, while Leitrim and Derry kept up their 100% winning records in Division Four.

Kerry’s win over Galway ensures that they remain top of Division One and join Leitrim and Derry as the only undefeated sides in the country.

Division three remains as tight as ever with two points separating the top five teams.

Here is our full and comprehensive round-up of Round Four of the Allianz Football League.

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Allianz Football League Division 1 

Dublin 1-12 Mayo 0-7

Jim Gavin’s side ended Mayo’s unbeaten streak with an assured performance in Croke Park on Saturday evening.

Cormac Costello bagged Dublin’s goal, while Evan Comerford saved a penalty from Jason Doherty to all but ensure the win before half-time.

The win sees the All-Ireland champions climb back up into third in the table, two points behind last night’s opponents who remain in second despite the defeat.

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Galway 1-10 0-14 Kerry

Peter Keane’s men weathered a late Galway storm in Tuam this afternoon to keep their undefeated start to this year’s league campaign rolling. They now sit top of the pile outright due to Mayo’s defeat in Croke Park.

Danny Cummins late goal looked to have stolen the game for Galway who led by one heading into injury time, however, substitute, Tomás Ó Sé, played a direct role in Kerry’s final two scores to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Galway remains in fourth place as a result.

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Tyrone 1-16 Monaghan 0-12

The Red Hands recorded their first win of the league coming away with seven points to spare against Ulster rivals Monaghan.

Peter Harte was in inspirational form for Tyrone, hitting 1-6 on the night.

The result means that Tyrone leapfrogs Monaghan and jump two places, into fifth, while Monaghan slips to the bottom of the table after Cavan defeated Roscommon.

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Cavan 3-13 Roscommon 0-13

The Ulster men turned on the style in front of their home crowd this afternoon storming to a nine-point victory over a plucky Roscommon side who will feel they should have more points on the board at this stage.

Two goals Conor Madden and another from Martin Reilly proved to be the difference on the day.

The result blows Division One wide open as Cavan move off the bottom of the table and sit one point behind Roscommon.

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Allianz Football League Division 2

Kildare 1-16 Clare 0-13

Cian O’Neill’s men got their promotion challenge back on track today following a shock defeat to Fermanagh last time out.

They led by eight at half-time in part due to Kevin Feely’s penalty, however, Clare stormed back into it in the second period with Eoin Cleary hitting 0-6 for the visitors.

The result means Clare drop into sixth place, while Kildare rise into the top three.

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Armagh 1-15 Tipperary 0-12

Kieran McGeeney’s charges recorded their first league win of the season in their first home game following a six-point win over Tipperary at the Athletic Grounds.

Veteran, Charlie Vernon, proved a constant thorn in Tipp’s side as the replacement scored 1-1. Things were made all the harder for Tipperary who lost Brian Fox after 25 minutes to a red card.

The result means Armagh climb out of the relegation zone and into fourth, while Tipperary takes their place in the bottom two.

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Donegal 0-10 Fermanagh 0-13

Another fantastic result for Fermanagh who remain second in the table following a three-point win away to Donegal in Letterkenny.

Fermanagh remain unbeaten in Division Two and were full value for their win as eight of their nine second-half scores came from play.

Donegal were many people’s favourites to win Division Two outright, but back-to-back defeats leaves them in fifth place and it all to do.

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Cork 1-9 Meath 2-12

The Rebel County slip deeper and deeper into trouble with yet another home defeat, this time to high-flying Meath.

Sean Powter scored a late goal for Cork, however, the damage was done already as Meath scored 1-4 without reply midway through the second half to kill the game as a contest. Meath’s goals came from Gavin McCoy and Barry Dardis.

Meath stay top, while Cork stay bottom.

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Allianz Football League Division 3

Longford 0-8 Down 3-7

The Mournemen jump into the promotion places with an eight-point win over Longford who started the game top of the league, but finished it in fourth.

Goals proved the difference on the day and so did Donal O’Hare who bagged a hat-trick.

A strong win for Down who will take some stopping in the remaining three games.

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Louth 5-16 Sligo 0-16

Again it was goals that proved the difference as Louth went on a scoring spree to overcome Sligo.

Jim McEneaney, Eoghan Duffy and Sam Mulrony scored three first-half goals before Duffy again scored in the second-half, Declan Byrne added a fifth to put the nail firmly in Sligo’s coffin.

The result means Louth ended the day top of the pile, while Sligo remain bottom with four defeats from four.

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Westmeath 0-13 Laois 0-10

Fans in Mullingar will have been buoyed by the late inclusion of John Heslin who recently reversed his decision to take a year out.

However, it was Ger Egan who proved the difference between the two sides on the day.

The result sees Westmeath move up to third, while Laois slip from second to fifth.

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Offaly 0-15 Carlow 1-9

John Maughan recorded his first league win as Offaly manager with a three-point win over Carlow in Tullamore this afternoon.

The win means Offaly leapfrogs Carlow and climb out of the relegation zone.

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Allianz Football League Division 4

Limerick 0-11 Leitrim 0-12

Leitrim maintained their 100% start to this year’s league with a hard-fought win over fellow promotion chasers, Limerick, in the Gaelic Grounds.

A late, late score from Gary Plunkett proved the difference between the two sides on the day.

The result means both teams remain second and third respectively.

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Antrim 1-13 London 1-08

The Ulster men powered to a five-point win over the Exiles in Corrigan Park this afternoon.

It was Antrim’s first win of the season and the result means both teams are tied on two points and lie in fifth and sixth place.

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Derry 2-08 Wicklow 0-09

Derry remain top of the division with a five-point win over Wicklow today.

Wicklow currently lie in fourth place.

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Wexford 0-12 Waterford 5-04

A weird result in Wexford Park as Waterford scored more goals than points to grab their first win of the season.

Wexford needed the win following a shock defeat to London last time out. However, it wasn’t to be as Waterford hit them for five goals.

The result leaves Wexford in last place, while Waterford leapfrogs them into seventh.

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