Dublin beat NUI Maynooth 1-12 to 1-5 in the opening round of the Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup at Parnell Park today.
Eoghan O’Gara set Jim Gavin’s side on their way with a third minute goal and three Dean Rock points helped them establish a 1-6 to 0-1 advantage by the half-hour.
A couple of points from Barry Dardis from Maynooth made it 1-7 to 0-3 at the interval and the switch of midfielder Padraig Faulkner helped to curb O’Gara, who still finished with 1-3.
The second half was largely forgettable, but the eye-catching Dardis did give his side some hope with a 39th-minute goal.
Dublin, with Rock bringing his tally to five points, never looked like being caught, however.
They play Offaly next in midweek and the midlanders will be going into that in good form, having recorded a 2-12 to 0-9 victory over neighbours Laois at O’Connor Park.
It was a good start to the Pat Flanagan era and the Clara man saw his men produce an excellent second half in Tullamore.
Debutant Nigel Bracken struck for a vital goal in the 19th minute to give Offaly a 1-4 to 0-6 lead at half time.
A stunning 59th-minute goal from Bernard Allen gave them vital breathing space, after a couple of fabulous saves had held Laois at bay.
Westmeath fell to their 15th consecutive defeat in competitive football but new manager, Tom Cribbin won’t have been disheartened by with a solid effort from his players in a 1-12 to 0-10 loss to old rivals Meath.
David Bray was the difference-maker for the Royals, scoring a goal within minutes of his introduction off the bench, while Graham Reilly weighed in with six points.
Darroch Mulhall helped himself to eight points as champions Kildare strolled to a facile 1-16 to 0-7 victory over Louth at St Conleth’s Park.
It was very easy for the hosts, who led by 1-9 to 0-3 at half time. Tomás O’Connor scored a brilliant solo goal in the 30th minute, providing a cool, low finish at the end of a direct run and Kildare were nine points ahead at the break.
The one-way traffic continued in the second half as Kildare finished with nine individual scorers. By contrast, Louth only had one point from play and Ronan Holdcroft kicked the last three scores from frees to put a slightly better gloss on proceedings.
DIT edged out Wexford by a point 1-12 to 0-14 at Páirc Uí Shíocháin, while UCD came away from Dr Cullen Park with a 0-18 to 1-12 win over Carlow.
Johnny Magee’s term in Wicklow also got off to a successful start as they accounted for Carlow IT by 2-14 to 2-9.