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GAA Round-Up: Routine Wins For Dublin & Tyrone But Mayo Fall

The GAA Football Championship took centre stage on Saturday with plenty of All-Ireland contenders in action. 

Dublin and Tyrone both recorded routine victories to book their spots in provincial semi-finals. However, Mayo fell to a one-point defeat against Roscommon in a cracking contest in Castlebar.

Meath swatted aside the challenge of Carlow in the days’ other football game.

Meanwhile, in hurling, there were wins for Kerry in the Joe McDonagh Cup while Leitrim and Fermanagh recorded victories in the Lory Meagher Cup.

Here is our comprehensive round-up of Saturday’s GAA action.

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Leinster Senior Football Championship

 

Dublin 5-21 Louth 0-10

Dublin cruised to a 26-point victory over Louth this evening in Portlaoise with Cormac Costello hitting 1-12 on the day for the All-Ireland champions.

Con O’Callaghan, Brian Fenton, Michael Darragh Macauley, Philly McMahon and Costello were on hand to hit goals as Dublin got their bid for five-in-a-row off to a perfect start.

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Carlow 0-9 Meath 2-18

Whilst Meath may have made hard work of Offaly two weeks ago, they didn’t make the same mistake this afternoon swatting aside the challenge of Carlow to book a place in the Leinster semi-finals.

First-half goals from Mickey Newman and Padraic Harnan saw Meath romp to a 2-7 to 0-4 lead at the break as Carlow struggled for scores.

The second-half continued in a similar fashion as Meath made light work of a Carlow side whose misery was compounded by the dismissal of Sean Murphy.

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Ulster Senior Football Championship

 

Antrim 2-9 Tyrone 2-23

Tyrone cruised passed the challenge of Antrim to set-up an Ulster semi-final with either Fermanagh or Donegal.

Cathal McShane continued in his rich vein of form scoring 0-5 in the first half alongside Tiernan McCann’s goal to put Tyrone into a commanding 1-16 to 0-5 half-time lead.

Antrim scored back-to-back goals in the second-half through Patrick McCormick and Matthew Fitzpatrick but they were merely consolation scores as Connor McAliskey put the nail in their coffin with a second Tyrone goal close to the end.

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Connacht Senior Football Championship

 

Mayo 0-17 Roscommon 2-12

Roscommon produced the shock of the weekend when they duly dispatched of Connacht rivals Mayo in a classic encounter in Castlebar. 

Two early goals from Cathal Cregg and Ultan Harney set Anthony Cunningham’s men on their way, however, Mayo fought back to leave just two between them at the half.

The two sides went nip and tuck throughout the second half and when Fergal Boland hit back-to-back points heading into the final ten minutes it looked like Mayo might sneak it.

However, a crucial block by Conor Daly denied Andy Moran the chance to win it. Moments later, Fintan Cregg hit the vital winning score in injury time to snap James Horan’s 100 per cent record in Connacht.

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Joe McDonagh Cup

 

Westmeath 2-16 Kerry 1-21

Kerry bounced back from their opening day defeat in the Joe McDonagh Cup to Antrim by coming away from Westmeath with a two-point victory this afternoon.

Shane Conway was magnificent throughout for the Kingdom as the UCC star hit 0-13. Killian Doyle was equally as impressive for Westmeath continuing in his rich vein of form hitting 1-11.

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Lory Meagher Cup

 

Fermanagh 2-13 Lancashire 0-15

The Erne County were made to work for their win over Lancashire this afternoon in the Lory Meagher Cup.

Fermanagh trailed the English side 0-9 to 0-7 at half-time but rallied in the second half to come away with a four-point victory.

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Leitrim 2-16 Cavan 1-16

It was nip and tuck for most of this match between minnows Leitrim and Cavan.

A Clement Cunniffe goal after 16 minutes put Leitrim in the ascendency before Colm Moreton added a second, however, a Cavan goal from Jack Barry ensured the sides went in level at the end of an entertaining half of hurling.

The game continued in a similar fashion throughout the second half but it was Leitrim who were able to edge their noses in front and keep the scoreboard ticking over to earn a massive three-point win.

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