Galway, Kildare, Wicklow, Louth and Cork were all winners on the opening day of the 2011 football season.
Tomás O’Flatharta led Galway to a two-point victory over Sligo in their FBD League clash at Enniscrone. It was the Kerry natives first game in charge of the tribesmen. Sligo led 1-06 to 0-04 at half-time and looked set for victory, but two second-half goals from Sean Armstrong turned the game in Galway’s favour and they eventually won 2-09 to 1-10.
Kildare beat Longford by 8 points in their O’Byrne Cup clash at Newbridge. Kieran McGeeney’s side were slow to start but turned in a stirring second-half display to win 0-16 to 0-08. Wicklow held off a late Laois fightback to hold on 1-10 to 1-09 at Portlaoise.
Louth started their 2011 campaign with a comfortable 2-15 to 0-4 victory over Athlone IT at Drogheda. A second minute goal from Paraic Smith set Peter Fitzpatrick’s side up for a 1-5 to 0-2 half-time lead. Louth dominated the second half and added a second goal from substitute Adrian Reid.
Cork easily saw off Waterford IT 0-19 to 0-05 in the McGrath Cup despite only fielding two of their All-Ireland winning team.
The O’Byrne Cup matches between Meath and UCD and Westmeath and Dublin had to be cancelled because of the weather. The games have been re-fixed for Tuesday night with 7.30pm and 8.00pm starts respectively.
There were big wins this afternoon for DIT, Carlow & Louth, We will have full match reports to follow
O’Byrne Cup Senior Football first round
Westmeath v Dublin, Mullingar – To be played Tuesday night
Wexford 0-04 2-18 DIT, Wexford Park Full Time
Kildare 0-16 0-08 Longford, Newbridge Full Time
Offaly v DCU, Tullamore OFF
Meath v UCD, Pairc Tailteann – To be played Tuesday night
Carlow 5-13 0-08 Kilkenny, Dr Cullen Park Full Time
Louth 2-15 0-04 Athlone IT, Drogheda Full Time
Laois 1-09 1-10 Wicklow, Portlaoise Full Time
FBD Connacht Football League
Sligo 1-10 2-09 Galway, Enniscrone Full Time
NUIG 0-11 0-10 IT Sligo, Dangan Full Time
Leitrim v Mayo, Ballyhaunis OFF
Roscommon v GMIT, Ballyforan OFF
Cork 0-19 0-05 Waterford IT Pairc ui Rinn Full Time
Kerry 1-14 1-13 ITT Full Time
Tipperary 2-14 0-13 UL Full Time
Clare 1-13 0-13 UCC Full Time
Kehoe Cup SH preliminary round
Fingal 2-11 1-09 Trinity Full Time
Barrett Sports Dr McKenna Cup Senior Football
Armagh v Antrim, Athletic Grounds, OFF
Tyrone v Donegal, Healy Park, OFF
Derry v Monaghan, Celtic Park, OFF