A round-up of the first weekend of competitive GAA action since the lockdown, as county championships got underway around Ireland.
In the Dublin SHC, Kilmacud Crokes sent out a loud statement with a 4-18 to 0-16 win over Ballyboden St Enda’s. The Stillorgan side avenged their 2018 final defeat, as Ronan Hayes, Alex Considine and Marc Howard all found the net.
Elsewhere, reigning champions Cuala started their title defence with a hard-fought win over newly-promoted Thomas Davis. Dublin footballer Con O’Callaghan scored 1-3 for the 2017 and 2018 All-Ireland champions, as they ran out 1-22 to 0-15 winners.
St Vincent’s, Lucan Sarsfields, Craobh Chiaráin, St Brigid’s and Na Fianna were the other winners on the opening weekend in the capital, as neighbours Faughs and St Jude’s played out a draw.
In Wexford, St Martin’s overcame Oulart-the-Ballagh 5-19 to 3-16 in the Model County’s opening round on Friday evening. Jack O’Connor scored 2-9 for the reigning champions, as they got their defence off to the perfect start.
Meanwhile, St Anne’s defeated Rathnure on a scoreline of 1-25 to 3-17.
There were also wins for Shelmaliers and Faythe Harriers, who overcame Rapparees and Ferns St Aidan’s respectively.
In the big ball, the Tipperary Championship got underway. Loughmore-Castleiney were too strong for Ballyporeen, winning 1-16 to 1-6.
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