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It was another busy day of Allianz Football League action as Kerry recorded their second win of the campaign while Mayo inflicted further woe on Tyrone.
Mickey Harte’s side remain winless in the competition while Mayo are flying high following their comprehensive nine-point victory. The same could not be said for Monaghan who failed to capitalise on their momentum from last week’s win as they fell to Roscommon.
There were two draws in Division 2 of the League as Tipperary and Fermanagh, as well as Clare and Armagh could not be separated.
Kildare recorded the only win of the day in that Division, securing their third win over Cork in a row.
Here is our round-up of all of today’s football action.
Football League Division 1
Cavan 0-13 – 0-16 Kerry
Twelve points from Seán O’Shea helped Kerry to a narrow win over Cavan in the second round of the Allianz Football League. The home side led until the 67th minute but a strong second-half from the Munster champions saw them eliminate a four-point deficit.
Points from Conor Madden, Ciaran Brady and Dara McVeety saw Cavan into a 0-11 to 0-7 win at half-time while Kerry had to rely on frees from O’Shea while Paul Geaney chipped in with a point. However, in the second half, Peter Keane’s men outscored Cavan by nine points to two with Mark Griffin eventually pointing them into the lead with minutes remaining before O’Shea and Geaney tied up the win.
Roscommon 1-12 – 0-13 Monaghan
Monaghan were unable to reenact the heroics that saw them overcome Dublin last weekend as they fell to a two-point loss to Roscommon in Dr Hyde Park this afternoon. A late penalty goal from Enda Smith proved to be the defining score as Roscommon fought back from their opening loss to Mayo.
A poor opening half showing from Monaghan left them two points adrift at half-time but they raced into the lead after the break through points from Conor McManus, Conor McCarthy and Fintan Kelly. The Rossies fought back into the lead as Smith scored the decisive goal. Stephen O’Hanlon was shown a straight red card for Monaghan before McManus leveled the game once again but Niall Daly secured the win in the dying seconds.
Tyrone 0-10 – 2-13 Mayo
Mayo recorded their second win of the Allianz League with a comprehensive nine-point win over Tyrone in terrible conditions in Omagh this afternoon. Goals from Keith Higgins and Fionn McDonagh in either half ensured Tyrone fell to their second defeat of the campaign.
A dominant first half from James Horan’s side saw them ease into a 1-7 to 0-3 win at half-time. Jason Doherty and McDonagh increased that lead shortly after the break before the latter inflicted a further blow with his side’s second goal. Darren McCurry and Lee Brennan attempted to reduce the deficit but it finished an easy win for Mayo as Doherty and Rob Hennelly added further scores before the final whistle.
Football League Division 2
Cork 0-10 – 1-10 Kildare
Kildare survived two second-half sending offs to record their first win in Division 2 of the Allianz League with a three-point victory over Cork. The visitors led by 1-4 to 0-5 at the break thanks to a Kevin Feely penalty.
Cork fought their way back into the game with three unanswered points and things got worse for Kildare when Fergal Conway was black-carded for dragging down Ruairi Deane while already on a yellow and so was sent off. However, Neil Flynn brilliantly responded for his side and three late points from him sealed the victory, despite Keith Cribbin being sent off deep into injury time.
Armagh 1-13 – 2-10 Clare
14-man Armagh were forced to take a share of the spoils for the second week in a row as a late showing from David Tubridy rescued a draw for Clare in Newry this afternoon. The Doonbeg man scored 1-1 deep into injury time to rescue a draw for the Banner county.
Clare were dealt a huge blow early in the game when Dermot Coughlan was removed with a serious injury following a lengthy period of attention on the pitch. The home side flew into the lead as Clare struggled to match the pace of the game. Jamie Clarke received a red card for a wild swing but Armagh responded brilliantly with a goal from Greg McCabe to make it 1-8 to 1-6 at half time, Clare’s hanging on thanks to an own goal.
Tubridy leveled the game before Clare were also reduced to 14 men. Armagh looked to have sealed the win thanks to four unanswered points late on before Tubridy’s late rally ensured Clare didn’t come away empty-handed.
Tipperary 2-5 – 2-5 Fermanagh
Fermanagh recorded their second draw of the League campaign as a late point from Liam McGrath saw Tipperary take a share of the spoils in front of a sparse crowd in Thurles this afternoon. The Premier county got off to the dream start when Brian Fox laid claim to a goal after six minutes but that was the highlight of a low-scoring first-half that saw Tipp lead by 1-1 to 0-2 at the break.
Philip Austin and Liam Casey extended the home side’s lead after the break but Fermanagh soon came back through Sean Quigley and a well-worked goal from Conall Jones. The visitors edged into the lead before Brian Fox netted his second late in the half. However, Fermanagh soon retook the lead through a Quigley penalty before McGrath equalised.
Football League Division 3
Longford 1-6 – 0-9 Offaly
Sligo 1-10 – 1-12 Down
Football League Division 4
Derry 0-19 – 1-9 London
Limerick 1-13 – 1-10 Waterford
Wexford 1-10 – 0-9 Antrim
Wicklow 1-12 – 1-16 Leitrim