Saturday Sport: Armagh triumph over Dublin in Allianz League

Saturday Sport: Armagh Triumph Over Dublin In Allianz League Saturday Sport: Armagh Triumph Over Dublin In Allianz League
Armagh’s Rian O'Neill after scoring the first goal of the game. Photo: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
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Updated 10pm


Armagh have made an impressive start to their Allianz National League campaign, running out five-point winners against Dublin at Croke Park.

Half-time saw Armagh with a comfortable nine-point lead following goals from Rian O'Neill and Jason Duffy. Dublin were unable to claw back an equaliser, with the game finishing on a final scoreline of 2-15 to 1-13.

Man of the match Rian O'Neill said his side were pleased to get over the line.

In the second tier of the competition it finished Derry 1-10 Down 0-6. In Division Three, Limerick beat Longford 4-9 to 1-11 while Antrim came out on top against Fermanagh 1-14 to 0-8.

In hurling, Dublin won the Walsh Cup Final by beating Wexford 2-29 to 0-19.

Earlier it was also decided that Kilmacud Crokes will face Kilcroo in the All-Ireland Club Men's Football Championship Final.

The Dublin outfit saw off Roscommon Champions Padraig Pearses 1-11 to 0-8 at Breffni Park in today's semi-final, with a goal from Craig Dias putting Crokes into their first final since lifting the trophy in 2009.

Co Down's Kilcroo meanwhile beat Cork's St Finbarr's 1-18 1-13 after extra time at O'Moore Park in Portlaoise.

Kilcoo’s energy levels seemed to have been in no way impacted by the 60 minutes of action that came before, delivering five points in the first period of extra-time alone and sealing their place in next month’s final.

In the afternoon, Galway side Kilkerrin-Clonberne claimed their first All-Ireland Ladies Football Club title after seeing off Cork's Mourneabbey.

The club are the first Galway winners since Galway Gaels in 1982, sealing the win on a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-7 in Birr.


Kilkerrin-Clonberne's Chloe Costello celebrates after their win over Mourneabbey. Photo: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan


Leinster have missed the chance to move back into the top two of the United Rugby Championship.

A Jarrod Evans penalty in the 83rd minute saw Cardiff grab the win by 29-27 in the Welsh capital.

Earlier today, Munster sealed a bonus point victory in Italy as they beat Zebre 34-17, with Jack O’Donoghue captaining for the clash.

Connacht fell to a third consecutive defeat at the Sportsground losing 42-20 to Glasgow.


Celtic have moved to within two points of Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers with a dramatic late 1-0 win at home to Dundee United.

Liel Abada's goal secured the victory, despite Nir Bitton being sent off. Boss Ange Postecoglou was delighted with his side's efforts until the end.

Meanwhile, hosts Cameroon made it through to the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Gambia. Cameroon will play either Egypt or Morrocco for a place in the final.

Burkina Faso are also through to the semi-finals after beating Tunisia 1-0, despite being reduced to ten men. They will face either Senegal or Quitorial Guinea in the other semi-final.



Rory McIlroy is just two shots off the lead of the Dubai Desert Classic heading into the final day.

Having played a round of 69, he is 10 under par and narrowly trails 54 holes leader Justin Harding.

Padraig Harrington will go into the final day from seven-under with Shane Lowry three-under.


World tennis number one Ashleigh Barty has won the Australian Open women's singles title - beating Danielle Collins 6-3 7-6 in Melbourne.

The 25-year-old fought back from 5-1 down in the second set to become the first Australian to win their home Grand Slam for 44 years.

Barty has taken the trophy without dropping a set throughout the tournament.


Paisley Park has won the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham in dramatic circumstances.

The Emma Lavelle trained veteran came from 15 lengths behind to beat the favourite, Champ.

He is now expected to be the favourite for the Stayers Hurdle for the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Meanwhile at Fairyhouse, the Willie Mullins trained Allegore De Vassy has won the feature race, the Grade 3 Mares Novice's Hurdle.

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