It was another busy Sunday of Allianz Football League action.
We’re keeping an eye on how it all unfolds.
Dublin 1-11 Kerry 0-4
Tyrone 1-12 Mayo 1-11
Derry 1-17 Laois 2-11
Westmeath 2-7 Longford 1-8
Sligo 1-12 Antrim 0-13
Meath 0-16 Wicklow 0-8
Clare 1-14 Leitrim 2-8
Limerick 0-12 Offaly 1-8
Walsh Cup final
Dublin 1-19 Wexford 0-16
All-Ireland Club JHC final
Thomastown (Kilkenny) 2-17 Fullen Gaels (Manchester) 2-14
Corn Uí Mhuirí semi-final
St Brendan’s (Killarney) 0-15 Coláiste Chríost Rí 2-7
13.27 – Welcome along as round two of the Allianz Football League concludes today. There were wins for Kildare and Donegal last night while the main focus for us today are the Division 1 games in Killarney between Kerry and Dublin and in Castlebar between Mayo and Tyrone.
13.30 – We’ll also be keeping an eye on the action in the lower divisions. A quick update on Division 2 where the weather has already wreaked havoc with waterlogged pitches resulting in postponements to the games between Galway and Louth in Drogheda and the meeting of Armagh and Wexford in the Athletic Grounds.
13.32 – But there is still action in Division 2 with Longford at home to Westmeath while Laois face the long trip to Celtic Park to meet Derry.
13.34 – While in Division 3, Sligo clash with Antrim in Markievicz Park and Wicklow entertain Meath in Aughrim.
Finally in Division 4 today, we have battles between Offaly and Limerick in Tullamore while Leitrim entertain Clare in Carrick-on-Shannon.
13.39 – There is also hurling action that we’ll be keeping an eye on today. In Enniscorthy, Wexford host Dublin in the Walsh Cup final. While in Croke Park, the All-Ireland JHC club final sees Kilkenny’s Thomastown meet Fullen Gaels of Manchester at 3.45pm. Before that the All-Ireland IHC club final is a clash between St Gabriel’s (London) and Clara of Kilkenny.
13.49 – A quick recap on yesterday’s GAA action now.
- A dramatic late goal by Liam Watson rescued a draw after extra-time for Loughgiel Shamrocks against St Thomas in the AIB All-Ireland Club SHC semi-final. In the other game, Offaly’s Kilcormac-Killoughey were 1-20 to 1-14 winners over Thurles Sarsfields.
- In the Allianz Football League, Donegal were five-point winners over Down while in the same division, Kildare got the better of Cork.
- Elsewhere, in Division 3 there were wins for Cavan and Fermanagh while Waterford defeated Tipperary in Division 4.
- Clare were crowned Waterford Crystal Cup champions with a victory over Tipperary in Thurles.
- Owen Mulligan captained Tyrone’s Cookstown to the All-Ireland club IFC title against Kerry’s Finuge in Croke Park last night.
- Kerry’s Kenmare finally prevailed against Dublin’s Castleknock in the second replay of the All-Ireland club JFC semi-final.
- And Our Lady’s (Templemore) qualified for the Dr Harty Cup final with a semi-final replay win over Ardscoil Rís.
13.51 – Some team news from today’s games. In Fitzgerald Stadium, Kerry seek to bounce back from last week’s disappointment in Castlebar while Dublin look to build on their win over Cork.
Kerry: Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin); Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore), Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers); Jonathan Lyne (Killarney Legion), Tomás Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), Killian Young (Renard); Anthony Maher (Duagh), Bryan Sheehan (St Marys); Michael Geaney (Dingle), Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar), Michael O’Donoghue (Spa); James O’Donoghue (Killarney Legion), Patrick Curtin (Moyvane), Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys).
Dublin: Stephen Cluxton (Parnells); Jonny Cooper (Na Fianna), Rory O’Carroll (Kilmacud Crokes), Kevin O’Brien (Naoimh Mearnog); Darren Daly (Fingal Ravens), Ger Brennan (St Vincents), Jack McCaffrey (Clontarf); Michael Darragh McAuley (Ballyboden St Enda’s), Emmett O’Conghaile (Lucan Sarsfields); Paul Flynn (Fingallians), Diarmuid Connolly (St Vincent’s), Paddy Quinn (Na Fianna); Philip Ryan (St Brigids), Paddy Andrews (St Brigids), Bernard Brogan (Oliver Plunketts).
13.53 – And in Castlebar, there’s one change to the Tyrone team from that which was announced on Thursday night as Plunkett Kane replaces Mattie Donnelly.
Tyrone: Niall Morgan: Aidan McCrory, Justin McMahon, Conor Gormley, Ryan McKenna, Joe McMahon, Ronan McNamee; Conor Clarke, Sean Cavanagh; Patrick McNeice, Peter Harte, Plunkett Kane. Conor McAliskey, Stephen O’Neill, Mark Donnelly.
While Mayo welcome defender Kevin Keane from Westport back into their side in the only change from their victory over Kerry last Sunday.
Mayo: David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites); Kevin Keane (Westport), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Tom Cunniffe (Castlebar Mitchels), Colm Boyle (Davitts), Chris Barrett (Belmullet); Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy), Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy); Lee Keegan (Westport), Richie Feeney (Castlebar Mitchels), Cathal Freeman (Aghamore); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Jason Doherty (Burrishoole), Michael Conroy (Davitts).
13.56 – And here are the Longford and Westmeath line-ups with John Keegan replacing Colm P Smith in one pre-match change.
Longford: Damien Sheridan; Dermot Brady, Barry Gilleran, Peter Foy; John Keegan, Michael Quinn, Shane Mulligan; Kevin Diffley, Michael Brady; Bernard McElvanney, Donal McElligott, Padraig McCormack; Francis McGee, Robbie Smyth, Seanie McCormack.
Westmeath: Gary Connaughton; Mark McCallon, Kieran Gavin, Kevin McGuire; Michael Curley, Paul Sharry, James Dolan; Denis Cooroon, John Heslin; Ger Egan, Callum McCormack, Kieran Martin; Ronan Foley, Dessie Dolan, Denis Glennon.
13.57 – One change to let you know of in the Kerry team for their game against Dublin. James Walsh, a promising U21 player from Knocknagoshel, replaces Bryan Sheehan at midfield.
14.01 – We’re underway in the various games around the country.
14.03 – Division 3 – Sligo 0-1 Antrim 0-1: Adrian Marren for Sligo and Ryan Murray for Antrim trade early points.
14.05 – Division 2 – Derry 0-1 Laois 0-0: Eoin Bradley gets Derry off the mark in Celtic Park.
Division 4 – Leitrim 0-1 Clare 0-0: Emlyn Mulligan with the opening point of the match for Leitrim in Carrick-on-Shannon.
14.07 – Division 1 – Dublin 0-1 Kerry 0-0: Bernard Brogan pops over a point off his left for the opening score in Killarney after a strong break upfield by Cian O’Sullivan. Diarmuid Connolly misses the chance to add to that tally by striking a wide.
14.09 – Three Dublin pre-match changes to note. Cian O’Sullivan in for Emmett Ó Conghaile at midfield, Ciaran Reddin in for Paddy Quinn and Tomás Brady in for Philip Ryan
14.10 – Division 1 – Mayo 0-1 Tyrone 0-0: Jason Doherty notches the first point of the game for Mayo as he follows up last week’s good point-scoring display against Kerry.
14.12 – First yellow card of the game in Killarney is brandished towards Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly.
14.13 – Division 2 – Derry enjoy a 0-4 to 0-3 lead so far against Laois in Celtic Park while Seanie McCormack has grabbed the opening point of the game to leave Longford ahead by 0-1 to 0-0 against Westmeath.
14.15 – Division 1 – Dublin 0-4 Kerry 0-0: The Dubs cranking up the gears in Killarney. Bernard Brogan taps over a free after Aidan O’Mahony commits a foul and then he sets up Paddy Andrews who kicks over from play. Then Andrews wriggles clear to fist over another point. Kerry looking shaky after 14 minutes.
14.16 – Division 2 – Ross Munnelly has planted the ball in the net to put Laois ahead 1-4 to 0-5 against Derry in Celtic Park. Elsewhere Longford narrowly lead Westmeath by 0-2 to 0-1.
14.17 – Division 3 – Kevin Niblock has just pointed a free for Antrim to cut the deficit to 0-5 to 0-3 with Sligo still ahead. In Aughrim Mickey Newman has pushed Meath into a 0-3 to 0-1 lead against Wicklow.
Division 1 – Mayo 0-3 Tyrone 0-1: Lee Keegan and Jason Doherty have added further points for Mayo while Peter Harte has raised Tyrone’s first white flag of the game.
14.19 – Division 1 – Dublin 0-5 Kerry 0-0: Another point for Dublin, the latest effort arriving from a free by Bernard Brogan. Kerry are struggling to make headway in attack with the Dublin defence in control.
14.21 – Division 1 – Mayo 0-3 Tyrone 0-2: Sean Cavanagh swings over a free from a sideline for Tyrone in Castlebar to cut the gap.
14.22 – Division 2 – A brilliant point by James Kielt cuts the deficit that Derry face against Laois to 1-5 to 0-7 while John Heslin has tied the teams in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park with a point for Westmeath against Longford to leave it 0-2 apiece.
14.23 – Division 4 – Leitrim lead the way against Clare in Carrick-on-Shannon by 0-5 to 0-1 while Offaly are ahead 1-2 to 0-4 against Limerick in Tullamore.
14.25 – Division 1 – Dublin 0-7 Kerry 0-1: Kerry have finally got off the mark in Killarney through Patrick Curtin’s 21st minute point from play. But Dublin are still in control as that Kingdom score was sandwiched by two efforts from Bernard Brogan, one from play and one from a free.
14.26 – Division 3 – Sligo lead Antrim 0-7 to 0-3 in Markievicz Park while Anthony McLoughlin’s point for Wicklow has left them trailing Meath by 0-6 to 0-3 in Aughrim.
14.28 – Division 1 – Mayo 0-4 Tyrone 0-4: All square in Castlebar, Tyrone had edged briefly in front through points from Peter Harte and Stephen O’Neill but Mayo have drawn level thanks to a point from Jason Doherty.
14.30 – Division 3 – Sligo 1-8 Antrim 0-3: Pat Hughes has crashed the ball to the net for Sligo in Markievicz Park.
Division 4 – Leitrim 1-5 Clare 0-1: Goal for Conor Beirne for Leitrim in Carrick-on-Shannon.
14.31 – Division 1 – Dublin 0-8 Kerry 0-2: Bernard Brogan flighted over a point from play for Dublin that has been cancelled out by a fisted effort for Kerry by Tomás Ó Sé. Philly Ryan is into the Dublin team for Diarmuid Connolly with 30 minutes elapsed in Killarney.
14.32 – Division 2 – Longford 1-3 Westmeath 0-4: Longford have hit the front thanks to a goal from Seanie McCormack.
Division 1 – Tyrone 0-6 Mayo 0-4: Goalkeeper Niall Morgan has come upfield to kick two frees for Tyrone and push them into the lead in Castlebar.
14.36 – HT – Division 3 – Meath 0-10 Wicklow 0-4: Meath in control at the interval in Aughrim as they show signs of bouncing back from last week’s hammering against Monaghan.
14.37 – Division 2 – Laois 2-7 Derry 0-9: Laois have found the net again in Celtic Park with Damien O’Connor raising the green flag on this occasion.
14.38 – HT – Division 3 – Sligo 1-8 Antrim 0-4: A Pat Hughes goal has helped Sligo lead by seven at the interval in Markievicz Park.
14.40 – HT – Division 1 – Dublin 0-8 Kerry 0-2: The Dubs lead the way at the break in Killarney. Both sides guilty of missed chances before the break with Bernard Brogan and Paddy Andrews off target for Dublin while James O’Donoghue posted a wide for Kerry.
14.41 – HT – Division 1 – Tyrone 0-6 Mayo 0-4: Mickey Harte’s men are in the ascendancy in Castlebar at the break.
14.44 – HT – Division 2: Seanie McCormack’s goal the difference so far as Longford lead Westmeath by 1-4 to 0-4. While in Celtic Park, it’s Laois ahead of Derry by 2-7 to 0-9 with Ross Munnelly and Damien O’Connor the goalscorers.
14.46 – HT – Division 4: Brian Connor’s goal has helped Offaly to lead Limerick by 1-6 to 0-7 at the interval in Tullamore. While it’s Leitrim ahead 1-5 to 1-4 against Clare in Carrick-on-Shannon. That game had a lengthy first-half stoppage due to injuries. Conor Beirne struck Leitrim’s goal while David Tubridy found the net for Clare.
14.47 – It’s half-time in Croke Park with Kilkenny’s Thomastown leading Manchester outfit Fullen Gaels by 1-10 to 1-8 in the All-Ireland Club JHC final.
14.50 – Half-time in Enniscorthy in the Walsh Cup final with Dublin leading Wexford by 1-9 to 0-6. The goal arrived from Dotsy O’Callaghan.
14.57 – We’re back underway for the second-half action around the country.
14.58 – Craig Dias into the Dublin team at half-time for Ciaran Reddin.
15.00 – Division 3 – Antrim have cut into Sligo’s lead with some quick points to leave them trailing by 1-8 to 0-8 now. While Meath have gone 0-11 to 0-5 clear of Wicklow.
15.02 – Division 1 – Tyrone 0-7 Mayo 0-6: Mayo began the second-half brightly with points from Jason Doherty and Kevin McLoughlin but a Martin Penrose point has restored Tyrone’s lead.
15.04 – Division 2 – Kieran Martin has found the net for Westmeath to draw them level at 1-4 apiece with Longford while Derry now only trail Laois by two points, 2-7 to 0-11.
15.06 – Division 1 – Dublin 0-9 Kerry 0-2: Kerry have brought the cavalry on in Killarney with Kieran Donaghy and Declan O’Sullivan sprung the bench. Paddy Andrews has extended Dublin’s lead to seven though with the first point of the second-half.
15.08 – Division 1 – Tyrone 0-8 Mayo 0-6: Cathal McCarron has extended Tyrone’s lead to two in Castlebar.
15.09 – Division 1 – Dublin 0-9 Kerry 0-3: Kerry cut the gap to six points with a James O’Donoghue free. Darragh Nelson onto the Dublin team for Darren Daly with 48 minutes gone.
15.11 – Division 1 – Tyrone 0-8 Mayo 0-7: It’s still extremely tight in this game with a Kevin McLoughlin point for Mayo leaving just the minimum separating the teams.
15.12 – Division 3 – Sligo 1-10 Antrim 0-10: Antrim have fought back in the second-half but they’re down to 14 men after Kevin Niblock was dismissed.
15.14 – Division 1 – Dublin 0-9 Kerry 0-4: Michael O’Donoghue taps over a free for Kerry after Tomás Ó Sé is fouled. The gap is down to five.
15.15 – Division 1 – Tyrone 0-10 Mayo 0-7: Tyrone starting to pull clear in Castlebar with Conor McAliskey and Sean Cavanagh extending their lead with points.
15.16 – Division 4 – Clare now ahead of Leitrim in Carrick-on-Shannon by 1-7 to 1-6 while Limerick are back in the hunt against Offaly in Tullamore as they now only trail by 1-7 to 0-9.
Division 1 – Dublin 0-10 Kerry 0-4: Dublin back in front by six after St Brigid’s Philly Ryan converts a free. Two more Kerry substitutions with Barry John Walsh and Bryan Sheehan introduced for Michael O’Donoghue and Michael Geaney.
15.19 – Big drama in Killarney with Dublin’s Michael Darragh MacAuley shown a red card in the 57th minute.
15.21 – Division 1 – Tyrone 0-11 Mayo 0-8: McLoughlin trims the deficit facing Mayo to two with a point but then Ronan McNamee restores Tyrone’s three-point advantage with an excellent score.
15.22 – Division 2 – Derry 1-15 Laois 2-10: Derry have hit the front in Celtic Park but they have also been reduced to 14 men following the dismissal of James Kielt for a second yellow card.
Division 2 – Westmeath 2-6 Longford 1-7: Dessie Dolan has notched Westmeath’s second goal of the game in the 56th minite.
15.26 – Division 1 – Dublin 1-10 Kerry 0-4: That should be that. Dublin strike the first goal of the game through Craig Dias as he unleashes a bullet to the net following great work by Bernard Brogan in harrying the Kerry defence to force a turnover. Declan O’Mahony is into the Dublin team for Philly Ryan.
15.27 – Division 3 – Michael Magill has been sent-off as Antrim are reduced to 13 men against Sligo. The Yeats County men still lead by 1-12 to 0-13. Elsewhere Meath are in control with a 0-16 to 0-7 advantage against Wicklow.
15.29 – Division 4 – The Munster counties are leading the way with Clare ahead of Leitrim by 1-12 to 1-7 while Limerick are in front by 0-12 to 1-8 against Offaly.
15.30 – Division 1 – Mayo 1-9 Tyrone 0-12: Dramatic late comeback by Mayo as Keith Higgins fires home a goal and Donal Vaughan notches a point to draw the teams level.
15.31 – FT – Division 2 – Westmeath 2-7 Longford 1-8: Dessie Dolan and Kieran Martin hit second-half goals to help Westmeath claim a victory away from home.
15.32 – Division 1 – Dublin 1-11 Kerry 0-4: Dublin are in complete control with Bernard Brogan doing excellently to fire over a superb point from the left wing.
15.33 – FT – Division 3 – Sligo 1-12 Antrim 0-13: Sligo hold on for their first points in this league campaign with a narrow victory.
15.34 – FT – Division 2 – Derry 1-17 Laois 2-11: Derry come from behind in the second-half to take the spoils.
15.36 – FT – Division 1 – Dublin 1-11 Kerry 0-4: And that’s it in Killarney with Dublin securing an impressive win while Kerry get no respite after last week’s loss to Mayo.
15.37 – FT – Division 3 – Meath 0-16 Wicklow 0-8: Comfortable win in the end for Mick O’Dowd’s side as they bounce back from last week’s thrashing in Clones.
15.39 – FT – Division 1 – Tyrone 1-12 Mayo 1-11: Dramatic stuff in Castlebar with Stephen O’Neill firing home a 75th minute penalty to hand Tyrone victory. Mayo thought they had claimed success when Jason Doherty sent them two clear with a pair of converted frees but then O’Neill made a decisive intervention.
15.43 – FT – Division 4: Clare 1-14 Leitrim 2-8: Victory for Mick O’Dwyer’s Clare side away from home, despite Emlyn Mulligan striking a late goal for Leitrim.
15.44 – FT – Division 4 - Limerick 0-12 Offaly 1-8: Limerick fight back in the second-half to chisel out a narrow victory in Tullamore.
15.52 – All over in the Walsh Cup final as well with Dublin being crowned champions in Enniscorthy after a 1-19 to 0-16 victory over Wexford.
15.54 – Kilkenny’s Thomastown have been crowned All-Ireland club JHC champions with a 2-17 to 2-14 win over Fullen Gaels from Manchester in Croke Park this afternoon.
16.02 – That’s all from this afternoon’s action, before we go let’s recap on the main talking points from the Allianz Football League games.
- Dublin go top of Division 1 with a 1-11 to 0-4 win over Kerry. Tyrone also maintain their 100% record with a 1-12 to 1-11 success against Mayo.
- In Division 2, there were wins for Derry, bouncing back from last week’s loss to Galway, and a second successive victory for Westmeath.
- In Division 3, Sligo and Meath got off the mark with their first wins of the league.
- In Division 4, there were away victories for the Munster duo of Limerick and Clare.