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Dublin rap out a 'drive for five' blast but Kerry still in business

Pass master: Con O’Callaghan goes on the attack for Dublin
Pass master: Con O’Callaghan goes on the attack for Dublin
John Campbell

By John Campbell

Dublin stepped up the impetus in their 'drive for five' by vanquishing a Cork side that fell away in the last quarter of what ultimately proved a canter for the All-Ireland champions.

Cork appeared to have cause for optimism as half-time approached with the sides neck and neck but goals from Jack McCaffrey and Michael Darragh Macauley thrust Jim Gavin's side into a 2-9 to 1-9 interval lead.

And although Cork managed to reduce the deficit to two points at one stage in the second half, a salvo of goals from Niall Scully, Ciaran Kilkenny and Brian Fenton coupled with a five-point blast from substitute Dean Rock saw Dublin sprint to an emphatic 5-18 to 1-17 victory with Luke Connolly converting a Cork penalty.

The return of Rock, McCaffrey, James McCaffrey and now Diarmuid Connolly certainly could not come at a better time for the Dubs.

And Kerry too bared their teeth by overwhelming Mayo by 1-22 to 0-15 with David Clifford and Sean O'Shea each scoring six points and Paul Geaney hitting 1-2.

Dublin will meet Roscommon at the weekend while Cork will take on Tyrone in what is a must-win game for them.

In the All-Ireland Ladies Football Championship, Armagh landed a whopping 6-8 against Cavan - yet they still lost!

Aisling Maguire fired over a point from an injury-time free to bring her team's total to 3-18, one more than that of their opponents for whom the Mackin sisters Aimee (3-4) and Blaithin (2-2) scored 5-6 between them.

Tyrone also bowed the knee in the All-Ireland series, losing to Mayo by 3-14 to 3-11. A Rachel Kearns goal proved vital for the winners while Maria Canavan (1-1), Niamh O'Neill (1-4) and Chloe McCaffrey (1-0) kept Tyrone in contention until the closing minutes.

In the All-Ireland U20 'B' Hurling Championship quarter-final Down were comfortable 4-21 to 0-14 winners over Sligo.

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