Dublin and Donegal dominate the opening night of the National League

Both sides recorded comfortable wins in Croke Park and Newry

BY Daniel Kelly 21:19 Saturday 30 January 2016, 21:19 30 Jan 2016

Dublin's Stephen Cluxton with Darren O'Sullivan of Kerry Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Dublin and Donegal were the big winners on the opening night of the National League in games in Croke Park and Newry.

In a repeat of last year's All Ireland Final, Dublin and Kerry met in Croke Park to open their Division 1 campaign with the Dubs winning by six points, 2-14 to 0-14.

The teams were level at half-time drawing seven points a piece, before Dublin pulled away in the second half. Goals from Paddy Andrews and a Diarmuid Connolly penalty ensured Jim Gavin's side opened their league campaign with a win.

Dublin travel to Mayo next week, while Kerry welcome Roscommon to Killarney.

In Newry, Donegal topped Division 1 after an opening night victory over Ulster rivals Down by 3-15 to 0-7. Rory Gallagher's side dominated from start to finish and lead at half time by 0-9 to 0-3.

Three goals in the second half put a shine on Donegal's win as two goals from Ryan McHugh and a goal from Paddy McBrearty guaranteed the win. The two teams could meet again later this summer in the Ulster Championship if they both win their semi-finals.

Next weekend, Donegal welcome Cork to Ballyshannon, while Down travel to Roscommon.

On Sunday afternoon, the first round of Division 1 fixtures is completed as Cork play Mayo in Pairc ui Rinn and Roscommon welcome Monaghan to Dr Hyde Park. Both of those games throw in at 2pm. 

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