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1. #GAA Dublin’s footballers shone at HQ yesterday on a busy day of action. A hat-trick from Diarmuid Connolly, in addition to one from Tomás Quinn, helped the All-Ireland champions to a comprehensive 4-17 to 1-10 victory over Armagh at HQ.
Goals from Patrick Curtin and Bryan Sheehan enabled Kerry to establish a significant lead, ensuring Michael Murphy’s penalty ultimately made little difference to the game, as the Kingdom ran out comfortable winners.
The day’s other Division 1 encounter was a somewhat tighter affair, with Down overcoming Mayo by 1-13 to 0-11. Check out the rest of the day’s results here.
In the hurling, Cork won the earlier game in the Croke Park double header against the Blues while in Thurles, Tipperary squeezed past Galway 2-20 to 2-18 thanks to late points from Noel McGrath and Johnny Ryan. Catch up with all the action here.
2. #PREMIER LEAGUE It was a game-changing day in the English top-flight yesterday. Manchester City were beaten at the fortress that is the Liberty Stadium. Swansea missed a penalty but Luke Moore scored late on to seal a famous win for Brendan Rodger’s Swansea.
Meanwhile, City’s cross-town rivals United recorded a routine win over West Brom, with Wayne Rooney scoring a brace. The second was from the spot after Irish international Keith Andrews fouled Ashley Young.
Here’s Miguel Delaney’s analysis.
3. #GOLF Justin Rose held on to win the WGC Cadillac Championship yesterday, beating Bubba Watson by a single stroke. The Englishman posted a two-under-par final round of 70 to reach 16-under overall at the TPC Blue Monster in Doral, Florida.
The win was somewhat overshadowed by the withdrawal of Tiger Woods with an Achilles injury. The severity of this injury won’t be known until Woods has it evaluated but the Masters is just four weeks away.
4. #SIX NATIONS England did what Ireland couldn’t in Paris yesterday; hold on for a win. Tom Croft burst through for a superb individual late try to seal the win for Stuart Lancaster’s men. It effectively means the championship is now Wales’. Ireland travel to London to face England on Saturday.
5. #PRO12 Munster too were stunned on the continent yesterday, losing out to Aironi. Despite being bottom of the RaboDirect PRO12 league, the hosts stormed into a 15-3 half-time lead, with tries from Nicola Cattina and Gabriel Pizarro giving them a deserved advantage at the break. Munster produced an improved second-half display, and were rewarded for their efforts with a penalty try, before Lifeimi Mafi crossed over to give them hope. However, their response proved too little too late, as the Italian side held out for a shock 21-17 win.
6. #HOCKEY Ireland’s Olympic hopefuls eh… hockeyed… the Ukraine 12-0 at Belfield yesterday. Ireland face a real test however when they take on Korea tomorrow night.