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Published: 20:45 | 5/3/16

AFL round-up: Dublin make it four from four

Tyrone and Cavan win in Divison 2

Dublin fought back from seven-points down at the break to record their fourth Allianz League win in a row as they beat Cork by four-points, 2-14 to 2-10, at Croke Park.

After a brilliant first half display, Cork went in seven-points up at half-time, but it was a different game after the break as Dublin showed their attacking prowess to record another fine win.

The visitors started with a real intensity and they were four ahead after 11 minutes.

Colm O’Neill opened the scoring with a free and added another two before Paul Kerrigan added a fourth as Dublin struggled to contain the Rebel forwards.

The home side look very flat as they failed to score in the opening 20 minutes and they found themselves further behind when Philly McMahon pulled down Peter Kelleher and the referee awarded a penalty.

Colm O’Neill stepped up and blasted home the spot-kick to put his side 1-04 to 0-0 ahead.

Dublin reacted well to the goal and they finally burst into life as an attacking unit when Bernard Brogan offloaded to Diarmuid Connolly and he made no mistake in firing home his third goal of the league campaign.

Paddy Andrews then knocked over a classy long-range point as Dublin looked ready to take control, but they were undone again by a second Cork goal.

A long ball forward looked to be heading out for a kick-out before Paul Kerrigan produced a brilliant piece of skill to pick out Peter Kelleher who bundled home from close range to make it a six-point game.

Connolly and O’Driscoll then traded points, before the visitors added another to go in 2-07 to 1-03 ahead at the break.

The second half started much like the first but this time it was Dublin in the ascendency as they blasted out of the traps.

Three frees without reply from Cormac Costello made it a four-point game before Connolly added another fantastic point off his left to leave just three between the sides.

It was all Dublin in the second period and they levelled proceedings with another three frees in a row from Costello and the Whitehall man kicked his side in front with yet another placed ball after 59 minutes.

The forward then added another from play, before Jim Gavin’s men were reduced to 14-men when Johnny Cooper saw red for a second yellow.

The sending off gave Cork a huge boost and they made it a level game for the second time with their first points of the half from Brian Hurley and Ruairi Deane.

Costello, again from a placed ball, and Mark Collins traded scores as they game ticked into the final minutes, but inevitably, it was Costello who kicked Dublin back ahead from another free for his ninth point of the night.

And the hosts wrapped up their fourth victory from four league games when James McCarthy burst through the Cork defence and slotted home a brilliant finish to raise a second green flag for his side.


In Breffni Park, goals from Sean Johnston, David Givney and Gearoid McKiernan helped Cavan to an impressive 3-18 to 0-10 win over Armagh.

Armagh started at a frantic pace and raced into a three-point lead before Cavan hit-back through Johnston who fired home to make it a level game after six minutes.

Cavan then reeled off eight-points in a row to take a commanding 1-08 to 0-03 lead after 28 minutes.

The sides then traded scores, but it was the home side who finished the half the stronger as they went in 1-11 to 0-05 ahead at the break.

And it was more of the same in the second period as Cavan continued to add points before they wrapped up the victory with two goals in seven minutes from Giveny and McKiernan to seal a deserved 3-18 to 0-10 win.


Late goals from Sean Cavanagh and Aidan McCrory helped Tyrone to a hard fought 2-15 to 0-12 win over Derry in Division 2 of the Allianz League at Healy Park.

After a tight opening 20 minutes, Tyrone took control of the game with three points without reply to lead 0-07 to 0-04 after 26 minutes.

Derry, to their credit, regrouped and pulled a point back to go in just two down at the break.

The second half started much like the first had finished with Tyrone in the ascendency and they opened up a five-point gap when Richard Donnelly pointed after 45 minutes.

Derry again fought-back and brought themselves to within three-points, but they were undone when Seam Cavanagh burst through and fired home the first goal of the game.

The visitors threw everything forward in the final minutes as they looked for a way back into the game, but Tyrone had more than enough in the tank and sealed victory with their second goal from McCrory in injury time.

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