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Allianz Football League Division 1 & 2: Shock Losses For Dublin & Kerry

The weather caused further problems for the Allianz Leagues this week as two Gaelic Football games were postponed while other teams were forced to play in adverse conditions.

In Division 2, Clare v Meath was postponed and the game will go ahead in Cusack Park, Ennis tomorrow instead at 2pm.

There was plenty of action to enjoy across the two top divisions, however, as Kerry fell to their first defeat of the League while Dublin also fell to a defeat to Tyrone in Croke Park.

Matters became even tighter in Division 2 as Armagh beat Fermanagh while Cork and Tipperary also came out on the wrong side of their crucial games.

Catch up on all of the day’s action from Division’s 1 and 2 below.

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Allianz Football League Division 1

Monaghan 0-14 Cavan 1-8

It looks all but confirmed that Cavan will be operating in Division 1 of the Allianz Football League next year following their three-point loss to Monaghan in Clones this afternoon.

For Malachy O’Rourke’s side it was a vital result that improves their hope of survival in the top division but it was late in the second-half before the win was secure.

Monaghan introduced Jack McCarron at half-time and he made a major impact, scoring three points before heading to the sideline again with two minutes left in normal time following a second yellow card. Niall McKiernan scored two late frees but it was Monaghan who held on for the win in the derby.

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Galway 1-17 Roscommon 1-10

Roscommon have been left in a precarious position following their seven-point loss to Galway in Pearse Stadium this afternoon.

Anthony Cunningham’s side must now beat Kerry next weekend and rely on other results if they are to maintain their Division 1 status in the Allianz Football League next year.

Galway enjoyed a seven-point cushion ahead at the break, helped by a Danny Cummins goal, and registered the first scores of the second-half. Roscommon did attempt a comeback, spurred on by a Conor Cox penalty but they could not narrow the gap to less than five points.

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Dublin 1-11 Tyrone 1-14

Tyrone subjected Dublin to their third defeat in the Allianz League and their first in Croke Park in 2019 with a three-point win this evening, six years to the day since their last League win over Dublin.

Dublin began brightly with a Cormac Costello goal after four minutes but were unable to add to that tally for quite some time. Tyrone responded well and took control of the game when Cathal McShane hit the back of the net. Dublin lost John Small and Cormac Costello to injury before during that first half and the visitors led by two at the break.

Dublin’s woes continued in the second half when Paddy Andrews received a heavy knock from Niall Morgan and had to leave the pitch. Niall Sludden was sent off after receiving a black card while on a yellow but despite being down to 14, Tyrone maintained their lead throughout. Dublin are now out of contention for a place in the League final.

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Kerry 0-11 Mayo 1-10

Mayo bounced back from two league defeats in spectacular fashion as they recorded a two-point win over Allianz League leaders, Kerry in Tralee tonight.

The Kingdom remain on track for a place in the final and with the way it stands, they will be joined in the decider by either Mayo or Galway.

In extremely difficult conditions in Austin Stack Park, the home side led by three points at the break thanks to brilliant displays from Sean O’Shea and Tommy Walsh. Scores from Jason Doherty nudged Mayo in front when Matthew Ruane struck for the game’s only goal with two minutes remaining in normal time. Kerry scored the final points of the game but fell short.

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Allianz Football League Division 2

Cork 1-12 Donegal 1-19

Donegal came from behind to record a five-point win over Cork in Pairc Ui Rinn this afternoon. Declan Bonner’s side were five points down at half-time thanks to a Cork goal from Matthew Taylor.

The game was level on the 60th minute but Cork then lost two players to injury with all their substitutions used while Mark Collins was sent off after a second yellow.

Cork’s relegation to Division 3 seems all but certain as they lie in last place with one round remaining while Donegal’s promotion hopes remain alive as they sit third in the Division 2 table.

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Kildare 1-11 Tipperary 2-7

A late comeback from Tipperary fell just short in Newbridge with a one-point loss against Kildare. The result means that Tipperary must now beat Clare if they are to remain in Division 2 of the Allianz Football League.

It was a return to winning ways for Kildare following their one-point loss to Meath two weeks ago, however, despite a strong start, they did not have matters all their own way. The home side led by 1-9 t0 0-5 with 10 minutes left but were left sweating when Tipp mounted a comeback through goals from Liam Boland and Dan O’Meara.

Two late points from Adam Tyrrell and Neil Flynn ensured the nervy win for Cian O’Neill’s side.

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Armagh 1-9 Fermanagh 0-6

Armagh subjected Fermanagh to their first loss in the Allianz Football League in a low-scoring affair in Crossmaglen this afternoon.

Ethan Rafferty’s goal proved to be the crucial score in the all-Ulster clash while all of Fermanagh’s scores came from open play, though they could manage only two in the second-half.

Armagh’s status as a Division 1 team has now been secured for next season.

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About Marisa Kennedy

Marisa is a Digital Journalist with Pundit Arena. She is a former reporter with Sporting Limerick and is a huge fan of the GAA. You can contact her at marisa@punditarena.com or on Twitter