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Published: 21:16 | 30/1/16

AFL Division 1 round-up

Wins for Dublin and Donegal

Dublin and Donegal recorded victories on the opening day of the 2016 Allianz Football League Division 1 campaign.

Dublin produced a strong second half

performance as they overcame Kerry 2-12 to 0-10 at Croke Park.

In a replay of last September's All-Ireland final, Dublin started well and dominated the Munster champions for long periods.

They led 0-05 to 0-01 at one stage but Kerry slowly clawed their way back into the contest as their defence thwarted Dublin's attack on numerous occasions.

The sides were level at 0-07 apiece at the break, but Dublin assumed control upon the resumption.

A Paddy Andrews goal early in the second half put some daylight between the sides and victory was sealed when Diarmuid Connolly converted a penalty after James McCarthy was brought down.

Dublin could have had more as Kerry, after losing two players to black cards, were twice saved by the woodwork.

Andrews finished with 1-04 and a consummate Dean Rock with 0-07, including 0-04 from frees, to give Dublin the perfect start to their title defence.

Eamonn Fitzmaurice's side, although they battled gamely, were always second best, with Barry John Keane landing four frees and Darran O'Sullivan and David Moran returning 0-03 and 0-02 respectively on a hard night in the capital.

In the other game, Donegal cruised past Division 1 newcomers Down by 3-15 to 0-07 in Newry.

Donegal dominated from the first whistle and were six points ahead at 0-09 to 0-03 at the break.

Two goals in two minutes from Ryan McHugh and Paddy McBrearty immediately after the restart put the result beyond doubt.

A second goal from McHugh on 59 minutes put the icing on the cake to seal a convincing win for Rory Gallagher's charges and cap a miserable night for the Mourne men.

By: Kieran O'Daly

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