Rampant Dublin outclass Derry in final

Published Sunday, 27 April 2014
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There was disappointment for Derry as they were outclassed by a rampant Dublin side in the National Football League Division 1 final on Sunday.

Rampant Dublin outclass Derry in final
A confident display from Dublin saw the side life the Division 1 title. (© Presseye)

The Oak Leaf county started brightly, with Cailean O'Boyle's early goal putting his side ahead inside the opening five minutes, but that was as good as it got for Brian McIver's side as the All-Ireland Champions began to dominate.

Eoghan O'Gara's point edged them back into the lead, and from there they added five unanswered points before Emmett McGuckin briefly stemmed the tide.

That provided only brief respite for the beleaguered Derry defence as O'Gara and the Brogan brothers continued to torment their opponent for the remainder of the first half.

With the Dubs 0-13 to 1-3 ahead at the break, scores from Gerard O'Kane and Mark Lynch reduced the deficit to five points before Bernard Brogan scored Dublin's first goal of the afternoon with a thumping drive into the top corner.

Derry continued to plug away but looked a beaten side, and further goals from Kevin McManamon and Diarmuid Connolly completed the rout as Dublin clinched the league title with ease, winning by 3-19 to 1-10.

The Division 2 decider was a somewhat closer affair as Monaghan beat Ulster rivals Donegal to claim the title.

After a bright opening by Donegal, five unanswered scores put the Farneymen firmly in the driving seat by half time, and Rory Kavanagh's dismissal soon after the restart didn't help Donegal's cause.

Michael Murphy converted a second half penalty to give Jim McGuinness's side some hope, but his effort was cancelled out within minutes when Kieran Hughes fisted to the net for Monaghan.

Finton Kelly and the impressive Conor McManus both scored late on as Monaghan claimed victory by 1-16 to 1-10.

In Saturday night's Division 3 decider Cavan lost to Roscommon by 1-17 to 0-18.

Elsewhere on Sunday Antrim's hurlers saw off Westmeath by 0-23 to 2-11 in their Leinster Hurling Championship qualifying group game at Ballycastle.

The Saffrons face Carlow in their next game on Sunday, 4 May.

© UTV News
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