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Tragedy overshadows Donegal's fight to go top


Red alert: Monaghan’s Stephen O’Hanlon is dismissed
Red alert: Monaghan’s Stephen O’Hanlon is dismissed
Declan Bogue

By Declan Bogue

Gaelic football was placed in its proper perspective by the moment's silence before Donegal and Meath for the four young men who lost their lives in last weekend's road accident.

Given the age profile of the victims, it comes as no surprise that some were close to members of the senior panel, and Donegal got off to a slow start in the league match against Meath, going in at half time 0-8 to 0-7 down.

After Niall O'Donnell levelled matters for Declan Bonner's side, Meath went on a scoring splurge with four points rattled off in succession, before Donegal benefitted from some shoddy goalkeeping and a dropped ball for Caolan McGonagle to stab the loose ball to the net.

Late points from Eoin McHugh and Jamie Brennan sealed the victory as Donegal established their lead at the top of the second tier with full points from their first two games.

Monaghan fell to a much unexpected defeat to Roscommon, 1-12 to 0-13.

Monaghan's exciting forward Stephen O'Hanlon was dismissed with a straight red card in added time.

By that stage, Roscommon had benefitted from a controversial penalty decision to put them into the lead, Enda Smith tucking it away past Rory Beggan.

The hosts demonstrated that they have gone a long way to addressing the defensive shortcomings of the last few seasons and Tyrone will have a very different challenge next weekend in the Hyde.

Joining Tyrone at the foot of Division One are fellow Ulster side Cavan, who despite making good early running were beaten by Kerry in Kingspan Breffni.

Much like Kerry had done to Tyrone the week before, Cavan kept their hosts to one point from play in the first half and their second did not arrive until the 55th minute, again Sean O'Shea showing just how he is expected to take up the mantle of great Kerry midfielders.

After the first quarter Cavan jumped 0-6 to 0-2 into the lead and Kerry struggled to get their new style game going, with sometimes every man behind the ball.

Despite going a man down for the last 12 minutes, Kerry compiled a late charge of scores to edge home on a scoreline of 0-16 to 0-13.

The Creggan Ulster Under-21 club tournament was at semi-final stage on Sunday with a tasty-looking south Belfast derby between Carryduff representing Down, who got the better of Antrim champs St Brigid's by a point, 2-12 to 2-11, while Tyrone's Dromore beat Magherafelt of Derry 1-14 to 1-8.

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