Published Sunday, 16 March 2014
Dublin's Michael Dara Macauley and Derry's Benny Heron and Mark Lynch. (© Presseye)
It was a particularly satisfying afternoon for Tyrone and Derry in Division 1, with the Red Hands banishing the memory of their record defeat to Kerry with a dominant display against Westmeath.
Mickey Harte's side were made to work in the first half as Westmeath proved tenacious opponents, and led by a single score at the break.
However the hosts turned on the style in the second half, limiting their opponents to a single score and finding the net late on through Sean Cavanagh and Ronan O'Neill to seal a comprehensive 2-23 to 1-12 victory.
Derry, meanwhile, also secured an impressive scalp as they earned a six point win over All-Ireland champions Dublin at Celtic Park.
Mark Lynch was the inspiration for the Oak Leaf County, scoring 1-8 as the hosts secured a 1-16 to 0-13 victory that sees them climb to second in the table.
In Sunday's all-Ulster clash in Division 2 Down edged out Donegal in an absorbing encounter at Pairc Esler.
The Mournemen led by 1-6 to 0-5 at half-time thanks to a goal from Niall Madine and although Donegal outscored the hosts in the second-half Down held on for a victory which blows the promotion race wide open.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Fermanagh were 0-18 to 1-6 winners away to Limerick while Cavan edged out Longford by 1-9 to 0-10.
In Division 4, Antrim's footballers slumped to their fourth defeat of what has been a hugely disappointing league campaign, going down by 3-20 to 2-17 at the hands of Tipperary.
It was bad news too for the Saffron hurlers, who remain without a win in Division 1B of the National Hurling League after they were narrowly beaten 0-18 to 1-12 by Cork.
Elsewhere in Sunday's hurling action Down earned a comprehensive 4-19 to 2-10 win over Fingal in Division 2B while Armagh were beaten by 1-21 to 3-9 at the hands of Meath.
In Division 3A Roscommon proved much too strong for Fermanagh, with the Erne county suffering a 4-20 to 0-10 defeat, while Donegal were 3-16 to 1-8 winners over Monaghan.
On Saturday night, Armagh lost to Monaghan in a ten point defeat at the Athletic Grounds.
Although the Farney men led for much of the first half, Armagh managed to make up some ground with four points between them at half time.
The gap widened in the second half with a last minute goal from Monaghan's Kieran Hughes sealing the Division Two victory.
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