Published Sunday, 02 March 2014
A confident performance from Derry saw off Westmeath. (© Presseye)
In the game at Celtic Park it was the visitors who had the brighter start, scoring the first point of the game in the second minute, but after that it was all Derry as the Westmeath defence was exposed again and again.
A fourth-minute goal from Cailean O'Boyle was almost immediately followed by another three-pointer from Benny Heron straight from the kick-out as Derry took a grip on the game.
Leading by 2-7 to 0-6 at half time, Brian McIver's side continued to dominate in the second half with substitute Emmett McGuckin netting after the break to help his side to a 3-16 to 0-12 victory.
It was a different story for Tyrone, who were given a stern examination by Kildare at Newbridge.
The Lilywhites hit seven scores in the opening ten minutes as they threatened to overrun Mickey Harte's side, but Tyrone regrouped and a first-half goal from Eglish clubman Emmet McKenna helped them back into the contest.
Ahead by a point at half-time, Kildare opened up their advantage when Tomas O'Connor netted as he diverted the ball past Niall Morgan in the Tyrone goal.
The hosts finished strongly and were five points ahead in the closing stages before Tyrone launched an unlikely comeback.
Ronan O'Neill netted in the 70th minute, and Mark Donnelly added a third for the Red Hands to snatch victory by 3-16 to 1-21.
Elsewhere, on Sunday Donegal beat provincial neighbours Monaghan by 2-11 to 0-10 to move back to the top of Division 2.
First half goals from Oisin Mac Niallais and Colm McFadden sent Jim McGuinness' side in six points ahead at the break, and kicked on in the second period to secure a comfortable win over the Farney County.
In division 3 Fermanagh lost by 1-15 to 2-11 away to Longford, while Cavan were 0-13 to 0-6 winners over Wexford.
In Division 4 Antrim picked up their first win of the league campaign with a 1-17 to 0-6 win over Waterford.
In Sunday's National Hurling League action Derry were 1-13 to 0-10 winners over London in Division 2A while in Division 3A Fermanagh beat Wicklow by 5-13 to 2-12 and in Division 3B Tyrone overcame Warwickshire by 4-13 to 1-15.
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