Rebels' firepower proves too much for Mayo
Cork 1-17 Mayo 0-12:Conor Counihan’s Rebels had just too much firepower for Mayo as they ran out eight-point winners to claim the Allianz National Football League Division One title at Croke park this afternoon.
Centre forward Donncha Goulding hit five points to give his side a 0-9 to 0-5 lead at the break, with Conor Mortimer keeping the westerners in the picture with three scores of his own.
Mortimer gave his side hope with two quick points after the break but it was to prove a false dawn as Cork upped the tempo to put the game away.
Daniel Goulding came to the fore as he picked off points at ease and the contest was over before he scored the game’s only goal in the 63rd minute as he finished with a haul of 1-5.
Armagh 0-17 Down 1-12:Steven McDonnell made the difference as his six points helped Armagh see off their Ulster rivals and lift the NFL Division Two title at Croke Park this afternoon.
McDonnell was on the board inside the first 20 seconds and helped his side into an early three-point lead.
Martin Clarke’s proficiency with the placed ball kept his side in the game and they would take a one point (0-8 to 0-7) lead into the break after Paul McComiskey knocked over a point just before the break.
Peter Fitzpatrick levelled matters shortly after the restart before points from Aaron Kernan and McDonnell put them two clear.
Down struck back in devastating fashion as Clarke’s high floating free-kick was slammed home by the first of Benny Coulter for the only goal of the game.
It was nip and tuck as the game headed for a conclusion until Armagh substitute Malachy Mackin put his name to two late points, separated by a Kernan effort, that sealed the title for Armagh.
Down had Daniel McCartan red-carded in the final seconds of the match after a linesman called the referee’s attention to an off the ball stamp on Kernan.