THERE WAS PLENTY of action and controversy to keep GAA fans occupied over the weekend as the Allianz National Football League got off to a rip-roaring start. Missed the action? Let us fill you in on all of the important bits.
NFL Division 1
Armagh 1-11 Dublin 2-12 A late Bernard Brogan goal was the difference between the sides in an entertaining encounter in the newly-refurbished Athletic Grounds on Saturday evening.
Mayo 1-13 Down 3-7 Down couldn’t hang on to a seven-point lead as a late point from Andy Moran stole a draw for James Horan’s Mayo.
Kerry 1-13 Cork 0-17 Cork ran out winners by a point in a thoroughly enjoyable encounter yesterday, with Daniel Goulding and Donncha O’Connor racking up 13 points between them.
Monaghan 0-19 Galway 0-14 Long periods of dominance either side of half-time was enough to see Monaghan past Galway yesterday.
NFL Division 2
Donegal 2-11 Sligo 1-14 Stephen Griffin grabbed a late, late equaliser for 14-man Donegal as his side overcame a three-point deficit with two minutes to play in Ballybofey on Saturday night.
Derry 1-11 Tyrone 0-13 A late red card for substitute Niall Holly couldn’t prevent Derry from holding on for a slender one-point victory at Celtic Park yesterday.
Antrim 0-11 Kildare 1-17 Kieran McGeeney’s side laid down a marker with a nine-point win over Division Two new boys Antrim.
Laois 1-14 Meath 1-11 Laois reversed the form from last week’s O’Byrne Shield encounter with seven points from MJ Tierney proving to be difference between the sides.
NFL Division 3
Tipperary 0-10 Limerick 0-6 John Evans’ men ground out a four-point victory in a low-scoring affair in Semple Stadium yesterday.
Wexford 4-11 Waterford 2-6 Free-scoring Wexford were convincing winners in this Division Three clash at Wexford Park, Ben Brosnan chipping in with 2-5 in total.
Offaly 1-12 Cavan 0-8 Seven unanswered first-half points proved to be the difference in this one as Tom Cribbin’s men got off the mark in Division Three.
NFL Division 4
London 0-16 Kilkenny 0-2 The Exiles were this weekend’s big winners, racing into an 0-13 to no score lead at half-time before cantering to a 14-point win over Kilkenny.
Leitrim 0-12 Clare 0-11 There was drama aplenty in this one as Leitrim left it late before Wayne McKeown’s injury-time point saw off 13-man Clare.
Longford 1-7 Roscommon 0-10 A late Seán McCormack free was enough to secure a share of the spoils for Longford in this one.
Carlow 2-10 Wicklow 1-13 Both sides finished with 14 men as it finished all-square in Dr. Cullen Park.
Controversy of the Weekend
Can anyone tell us what exactly Barry John Keane and Noel O’Leary did to get themselves sent off in Austin Stack Park yesterday afternoon?
Winner of the Weekend
Wexford’s Ben Brosnan gets the nod this week. 2-5 is a good day’s hunting by anyone’s standard.
Tweet of the Weekend
Ok, so it wasn’t strictly league-related, but this tweet from Matt Clarke brought a smile to our faces late last night
Were you at any of the weekend’s games? Let us know in the comments below.