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Published: 16:17 | 31/1/16

Allianz Football League round-up

Wins for Cork and Monaghan in Division 1

Cork kicked off their Allianz Football League campaign with an impressive 9-point win over Mayo, 1-18 to 0-12, in Pairc Ui Rinn.

The Rebels were simply better all over the park on the day and really could, and probably should, have won by more.

Points from Daniel Goulding, Tomas Clancy, Paul Kerrigan and three from Brian Hurley helped the hosts into a 0-06 to 0-02 lead after 20 minutes.

And they further stretched their lead before the break with Hurley, Goulding and Brian O’Driscoll all pointing to send the hosts in eight points up at the break.

The second half followed much the same pattern as the first with Cork in total control and they were awarded a penalty after 43 minutes, but Goulding’s effort was well saved by Rob Hennelly.

This mattered little, though, as the Rebels continued to pile on the pressure and they finally raised a green flag when they were awarded a second penalty, and Hurley netted to seal a comprehensive first win for the home side.

In the other Division One game of the day, Monaghan produced a brilliant second half performance to seal a 2-10 to 1-09 win over Roscommon in Kiltoom.

The Rossies started brightly and were 0-04 points ahead after 17 minutes through scores from Ciaran Murtagh and Enda Smith.

With a strong breeze behind them, the home side were by far the most threatening in the opening period and they were rewarded for their dominance when Murtagh fired home a penalty to make it 1-04 to 0-01 after 27 minutes.

Fintan Cregg added another for the hosts to send them in six-points up at the break, but it was a different game in the second period.

Monaghan started the half superbly with a goal from Dermot Malone and they made it a two-point game with three unanswered points from Neil McAdam and two from Thomas Kerr.

The visitors were in the ascendency and they levelled after 62 minutes, before Conor McManus pounced in injury time and scored his side’s second goal of the game to seal a remarkable comeback and a 2-10 to 1-09 away win.

In Division 2, Meath continued their fine early season form with an impressive 1-10 to 0-08 win over Armagh at Pairc Tailteann.

Mickey Newman was the star of the show for the Royals as they recovered from a point down at half-time to seal the win.

Armagh, with the wind at their back, led 0-8 to 1-04 at the break, but they just weren’t at the races in the second period as they failed to score.

Newman put Meath ahead with two frees, before Donal Keogan made it 1-08 to 0-8 after 50 minutes.

Aidan Forker saw red for the visitors in the final minutes and Sean Tobin sealed the win for the home side to get their league campaign off to the perfect start.

At Healy Park, Tyrone edged their way to a hard fought 0-10 to 0-08 win over Ulster neighbours Cavan.

In a tight encounter in difficult conditions, the sides went in level at 0-5 a-piece at the break.

But it was Tyrone who had that little bit more know-how and fitness in the second period as they rallied in the final 15 minutes with points from Justin McMahon and Conor McAliskey to seal a two-point win.

Elsewhere, two goals from Damien Comer helped Galway to an easy 3-12 to 1-10 win over Laois at O’Moore Park.

In the day’s final game in Division 2, Derry produced a second-half onslaught to beat Fermanagh 3-13 to 1-10 at Celtic Park.

In Division 3, Clare beat Sligo by seven-points, Offaly had two-points to spare against Longford, Kildare defeated Westmeath 2-09 to 0-11, while there was no separating Limerick and Tipperary in Kilmallock.

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