Favourites overcome slight scares to kick-start Super 8s campaign
Despite some scares, it was business as usual as all the favourites kick-started their quarter-finals campaign with a win.
Tyrone were the team with the slimmest winning margin, overcoming Roscommon by four points.
This time last year, Tyrone fired four goals past Roscommon as they came out 18 point victors.
But on Saturday at Dr Hyde Park, Tyrone had to toil to get the win against the Rossies.
Cathal McShane continues to shine in this year’s Championship, hitting eight points on Saturday.
Tyrone were well worth the win, but will need to up their game against Cork in Croke Park on Saturday.
Despite losing to Dublin by 13 points, Cork can take heart from their performance against the Dubs.
Dublin kicked on as time wore on, but for large parts of the game Cork were more than in contention.
With six minutes gone, Cork found themselves four points up.
However, Dublin racked up the scores in the second half to beat Cork by 5-17 to 1-17.
The late rallies continued into Sunday’s fixtures, with Donegal and Kerry adding the sheen to their victories with time running out in the Quarter-Final Group 1 fixtures.
Such scoring might prove vital in what could be very tightly contested quarter-final group stages.
Paddy McBrearty scored 1-6 in his 100th inter-country appearance as Donegal pushed on in the closing stages of the game to beat a persistent Meath by nine points.
Donegal now face a fierce battle against Kerry this Sunday.
Kerry were ruthless in their game against Mayo, scoring 1-22 in their ten point victory.
Serious questions were asked by pundits about Kerry’s All-Ireland chances after they hobbled past Cork in the Munster Championship final, but based on yesterday’s performance, they have shown themselves to be serious contenders to stop Dublin’s ‘drive for five’.