Dublin and Kildare among O'Byrne Cup victors

All-Ireland champions Dublin and reigning O'Byrne Cup champions Kildare claimed first round wins in the Bord na Móna O'Byrne Cup today, while Longford, Wexford, Offaly, Meath and Wicklow were also victorious this afternoon.

Dublin and Kildare among O'Byrne Cup victors

All-Ireland champions Dublin and reigning O'Byrne Cup champions Kildare claimed first round wins in the Bord na Móna O'Byrne Cup today, while Longford, Wexford, Offaly, Meath and Wicklow were also victorious this afternoon.

Ciarán Kilkenny delivered the winning score in Dublin's 0-12 to 0-11 victory over Westmeath at Cusack Park, Mullingar this afternoon.

Dublin held a 0-6 to 0-5 interval lead, with Westmeath firing nine wides in the opening half.

Paul Bealin's new charges took a 0-9 to 0-8 lead on the restart, but Dublin fought back to carve out a one-point win.

In Group B, reigning O'Byrne Cup champions Kildare were goal-hungry in their 4-24 to 0-12 win over Athlone IT at St Conleth's Park, Newbridge.

The students took 25 minutes to open their account as goals from Eoghan O'Flaherty and Adam Tyrell helped Kildare to a 2-14 to 0-3 interval lead.

Jason Ryan's charges were fully on top in this game, with O'Flaherty and Padraig Fogarty adding further goals in the second half.

A strong first-half display helped Longford to victory as they claimed an impressive 1-19 to 2-7 win over Carlow at Dr. Cullen Park.

Francie McGee bagged Longford's lone goal of this game in the opening half, as the visitors led by 1-13 to 0-0 at the break.

Carlow battled back on the restart, with goals from Shane McGrath and Seamus Kinsella, but Longford's strong first-half display ensured they held out for victory.

Goals in either half from Kevin O'Grady helped Wexford to a comfortable 2-13 to 0-11 Group A win over Laois at a blustery New Ross.

A ninth minute O'Grady goal gave Wexford a 1-7 to 0-6 interval advantage.

Laois cut the gap to the minimum inside seven minutes of the restart, but Wexford added 1-5 without reply, including O'Grady's second goal.

Emmet McDonnell's second year as Offaly manager got off to a winning start, with a slender 0-13 to 0-12 win UCD at O'Connor Park, Tullamore.

Offaly led by 0-10 to 0-5 at half-time, with Niall McNamee and Johnny Maloney among the Faithful County scorers.

The students launched a strong comeback on the restart, with the sides tied with 10 minutes remaining, but Offaly finished strongly.

In Group C goals were key as Meath claimed a 4-11 to 1-14 win over DIT at Páirc Tailteann.

Mickey Newman and Dalton McDonagh both netted in the opening half as Meath took a 2-6 to 0-6 interval lead.

Wind assisted DIT worked hard to cut the gap on the restart, with a Niall Scully score leaving four points between the sides.

David Larkin completed the Royals hat-trick soon after, and although Scully buried a penalty for DIT, Meath finished strongest with McDonagh netting his sides fourth goal late on.

Wicklow were made work hard, before registering a 1-9 to 0-11 win over IT Carlow in Ashford.

Harry Murphy's side led by 1-6 to 0-6 at half-time, thanks to a Dean Odlum goal.

Wicklow continued to edge the lead throughout the second half, but a late point proved crucial for the hosts.

Meanwhile on Saturday night, Wicklow's Conor McGraynor was in outstanding form as DCU claimed a 1-15 to 0-9 win over Louth at Haggardstown.

McGraynor scored 1-6 in a game which saw the students impress throughout.

DCU raced to a 1-6 to 0-3 lead, with McGraynor's goal coming after just two minutes.

DCU led by 1-8 to 0-6 at half-time, with Louth keeping in touch.

Scores from Paddy Keenan and Brian White cut the gap on the restart, but the dismissal of Richard Brennan on a black card and White on a red card derailed the Wee County challenge.

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