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Connolly leads Dubs to victory

Diarmuid Connolly blasted in a brilliant hat-trick as Dublin handed out a heavy 4-17 to 1-10 NFL Division One beating to Armagh at Croke Park.

The All-Ireland champions were rampant in the first half, with goals from Connolly (2) and Tomas Quinn helping them to a 3-7 to 0-5 interval lead.

Armagh pulled back a goal through Caolan Rafferty and a handful of Brian Mallon points, but Connolly put outcome beyond doubt with a brilliant third goal, bringing his tally to 3-3.

Kerry were too strong for Donegal, strolling to a 2-16 to 1-8 success in Killarney.

A Patrick Curtin goal helped the Kingdom to a 1-8 to 0-6 half-time lead, and Bryan Sheehan added a second after the restart.

Michael Murphy's late goal from a penalty was merely of consolation value.

In hurling, Cork defeated defending NHL champions Dublin by 2-17 to 1-18 in a Croke Park thriller.

Cork, with scores from Pa Cronin, Patrick Horgan and Conor Lehane, led by 0-9 to 0-7 at half-time, but the game exploded with two goals in the space of a minute, Simon Lambert's strike followed immediately by a Cork goal from Cathal Naughton.

Ryan O'Dwyer hit a second Dublin goal, but Pa Cronin found the net five minutes from time, and Horgan's seventh point won it for the Rebels.

Kilkenny were 2-21 to 1-15 winners over Waterford, with Matthew Ruth scoring a goal in each half. Maurice Shanahan hit an early goal for Waterford, but their challenge faded after the break.

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