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GAA Roundup: Tyrone footballers too strong for Westmeath

February 17, 2011

By Staff Reporter

A point in their remaining Div. 1A game against Kerry would ensure the Ulster county of a place in the last four, while Westmeath are threatened by relegation.
Leading by 1-12 to 0-3 at the break, Tyrone were in complete control, and goals by Westmeath’s Martin Flanagan, who hit two, and Dessie Dolan only put some gloss on the scoreline. Sean Cavanagh was on target for the winners’ goal, while Stephen O’Neill kicked nine points, including five from frees, and Michael Coleman landed five from play.

KERRY 1-16
MAYO 0-15
Even though Kerry got the better of Mayo in a highly entertaining repeat of last year’s All-Ireland decider, both teams remain in contention for the knockout stages. If Eoin Brosnan’s goal at Castlebar proved to be decisive, there were some wonderful contributions from Declan Quill, who fired over seven points, and Mayo’s Conor Mortimer, who contributed six.

CORK 0-18
Dublin’s chances of qualifying for the semifinals were almost certainly dealt a terminal blow when they were comprehensively beaten by Cork at Pairc Ui Rinn. Dublin’s only impressive period came just after the break, when Jason Sherlock scored a goal and Tomas Quinn and Senan Connell added points, but otherwise Cork were dominant, with James Masters kicking eight points and Anthony Lynch producing a towering display at center-back.

Offaly’s win over Donegal at Ballyshannon consigned the Ulster county to relegation to Div. 2. Donegal appeared to have escaped with a draw when Adrian Sweeney leveled in injury time, butNeville Coughlan struck for the winning score in the last attack.

Armagh are assured of a place in the last four following their 2-8 to 1-10 victory over Kildare in Div. 1B at Crossmaglen, although Kildare are still in contention if they can win well against relegated Sligo this weekend. Galway, who defeated Wexford by 0-15 to 1-7 at Wexford Park, are also in the hunt, as are Wexford, who only need a point in their last game against Laois.
Laois have made it very tough for themselves now after a 0-12 to 0-10 defeat by Down at Portlaoise, where a 6-point contribution by Ross Munnelly was still not enough to inspire the home team. With both counties out of the reckoning, Limerick beat Sligo by 2-13 to 0-13 at the Gaelic Grounds.
Fermanagh remain in the promotion shakeup in Div. 2A after a 1-17 to 2-8 victory over Clare, while Monaghan defeated Leitrim by 2-18 to 0-8. Also, there were wins for Carlow over London and for Roscommon against Longford. In Div. 2A, both Derry and Meath lead the way on 11 points following wins over Wicklow and Waterford, respectively, while Cavan, who edged out Louth by 0-12 to 1-8, are on 10 points. Antrim’s 1-18 to 1-7 win over Tipperary was Tipp’s sixth defeat in a row.

There were no great surprises in the National Hurling League as Kilkenny, Galway and Clare from Div. 1A, and Cork, Wexford and Tipperary from 1B have made it through to the second phase of the competition following last weekend’s series of matches. The three counties from each division will now play off against each other in a further series of games with the top two teams qualifying for the final.
Clare made sure of their place with an emphatic 3-14 to 2-10 victory over Waterford at Dungarvan in Div. 1A. Goals from Tony Griffin, Tony Carmody and substitute Daithi O’Connell were crucial to the outcome as Waterford, for whom Paul Flynn hit a superb 2-6, had led by 1-9 to 1-8 at the interval.
Galway had to battle to a 2-17 to 2-13 win over Laois at Portlaoise to secure their progress. The home side played some attractive hurling in the opening quarter and were in front by 1-3 to 0-2. with the goal coming from Damien Culleton. However, Galway responded and Ger Farragher, who finished with 1-8, and sub Niall Healy struck for goals.
Kilkenny bounced back from their defeat by Clare to crush Dublin by 2-27 to 0-11 at Parnell Park, where Eoin McCormack scored both goals and Eoin Larkin was responsible for nine points.
Meanwhile, Cork finished on top of Div. 1B which means they will have two home games in the second phase following their narrow 1-16 to 1-12 success against Tipperary at Semple Stadium. With both counties already through to the next stage, the match was deprived of a cutting edge, but Cork still performed impressively with Niall Ronan scoring 0-7 and Joe Deane 0-4.
The unbalanced nature of the competition was exemplified at Wexford Park, where an understrength Wexford crushed Down by 9-24 to 2-4. There was more absorbing fare at the Gaelic Grounds, where Limerick defeated Antrim by 3-21 to 2-12.
In Div. 2, Kerry, Carlow and Meath will play off for promotion against Offaly, Westmeath and Derry, while in Div. 3, Armagh, Mayo and Donegal will play off against Louth, Monaghan and Tyrone.

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