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Published: 21:55 | 12/3/16

AFL: Dublin beat Down

Cavan ease past Fermanagh in Div 2

Dublin made it five wins from five in Allianz Football Division 1 as they saw off a gallant Down side by 1-15 to 1-07 at Pairc Esler in Newry.

The Mourne men might have harboured dreams of an upset as they were gifted a goal in the fourth minute when Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton somehow managed to spill a speculative Donal O'Hare effort into his own net.

Joe Murphy added another point to give the home side a four-point cushion after seven minutes, but that was their last score for 27 minutes as Dublin notched 1-07 without reply, with Cormac Costello contributing 1-02 of that total and 1-04 overall.

O'Hare converted a free two minutes before the break to make it 1-08 to 1-03 to the visitors who looked in control at the break.

Two more points immediately after the restart stretched Dublin's advantage before Joe Murphy grabbed his second score of the contest to stop the rot.

Down fought hard to get back into it and points from Paul Devlin, O'Hare and Darragh O'Hanlon left just four between them with a quarter of the game to play.

But that was as good as it got for the home side as Dublin stretched away again and unanswered points from Dean Rock, Jonny Cooper and Paddy Andrews saw them home with plenty to spare to leave Down looking down the barrel of a quick return to Division 2.

Cavan made it three wins on the bounce in Division 2 as they easily beat Fermanagh by 1-12 to 0-09 at a packed out Brewster Park.

But Pete McGrath's men gave the home support little to cheer as they managed just a single point from play throughout the entire game.

Cavan raced into a three-point lead early on before Fermanagh hit back to level the score at 0-04 apiece heading towards the break.

However, two late Gearoid McKiernan points ensure that the Breffni men went in 0-06 to 0-04 ahead at half-time.

Seanie Johnston netted what proved to be the crucial score 12 minutes into the second half to give Cavan breathing space and, despite two late points from the home side, they were easy winners in the end.

By: Kieran O'Daly

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