Cork have title in their sights after Dublin win
Prior to a ball being kicked in the Allianz Football League, the general consensus was that Dublin would retain their title without undue difficulty.
But suddenly a reconstructed Cork side is putting a rather different slant on things.
It was felt that a raft of retirements at the end of last season would denude the Leesiders of invaluable experience but In beating Dublin by 1-17 to 0-18, Cork served notice that they have the title in their sights.
Daniel Goulding (0-7), John Hayes (1-3) and Colm O'Neill (0-2) were their chief marksman in a display rich in attacking enterprise and underpinned by a towering spirit which Jim Gavin's side found difficult to combat.
And Mayo launched what could yet prove a belated bid for honours when they overcame Kerry 2-15 to 1-13.
Laois have set up a mouth-watering contest in Division Two at the Athletic Grounds next week-end by virtue of their 1-20 to 0-8 trouncing of hapless Galway.
With Armagh having stunned Meath at home, the fans will be out in huge numbers for the visit of a Laois side that was superbly served by Donie Kingston, Ross Munnelly (0-4 each), Kevin Meaney (1-1) and Gary Walsh (0-3) in their taming of the Tribesmen.
In Division Three, Roscommon remain on Cavan's heels in the promotion race following a fine 1-21 to 0-13 win over Limerick.
Clare are already looking a good bet to make the step-up from Division Four following their 2-13 to 1-8 win over Wicklow, the side that beat Antrim in the last round. The Saffrons still have considerable leeway to make up if they hope to enter the promotion race and Clare's form suggests that they are ready to move up in the world.
In the inter-provincial hurling championship final, Leinster beat Connacht by 1-23 to 0-16 with Eoin Larkin, Liam Fennelly, Lester Ryan and Ryan O'Dwyer their chief marksmen.
And, in Division 3B of the Allianz Hurling League Fermanagh beat Louth by 5-13 to 2-12 and Tyrone defeated Warwickshire by 4-13 to 1-15.