IT was a sporting weekend to savour on Leeside with the hurlers, footballers, ladies footballers and Cork City all emerging victorious.
There was something for everybody to get excited about as the Rebel County made a very telling impact on the national sporting stage.
It began on Saturday afternoon at a packed Turners Cross when the country’s top two teams met head on in a huge Premier Division showdown.
Dundalk came to town needing a victory to draw level with league leaders Cork City but left empty handed after a brace of first-half goals from Karl Shepperd.
The champions did get one back in the second-half but John Caulfield’s team did enough to secure the precious points to open up a gap of six between themselves and Stephen Kenny’s team.
It was a superb weekend too for Kieran Kingston’s hurlers as they reached the knockout stages of the league after a terrific one point win over Tipperary.
The recalled Patrick Horgan was the Cork scoring hero with a haul of 15 points and his excellent form was a huge boost for everybody.
That display will make it near impossible to leave him out again for next Sunday’s quarter-final with Limerick in Pairc Ui Rinn.
Another player to shine resplendently yesterday was Charleville’s Darragh Fitzgibbon.
The youngster came in as an early replacement for Conor Lehane and ended the game with five points alongside his name.
It was Tipp’s first defeat since they were crowned Munster and All Ireland champions last season.
It was a good Sunday too for the Cork footballers as they overcame Derry in Celtic Park.
That win eased any lingering relegation worries although they will remain in Division Two next season.
Colm O’Neill delivered 0-11 in their 0-20 to 2-10 win. They now finish up next Sunday against Down at Pairc Ui Rinn.
There was a significant win too for Ephie Fitzgerald’s ladies as they overcame Galway in Mallow, a win that gave them outright control of the first division.
Their scoring star was Eimear Scally with a return of 1-4.