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GAA round-up: Roscommon claim famous win in Kerry

SportBy Sean McGoldrick
Roscommon's Fintan Cregg competes with Johnny Buckley of Kerry
Roscommon's Fintan Cregg competes with Johnny Buckley of Kerry

Last year's beaten All-Ireland finalists Kerry are rooted to the foot of Division 1 of the Allianz League after suffering a shock defeat at Fitzgerald Stadium to newcomers Roscommon.

It looks like Eamonn Fitzmaurice's side face another long battle against relegation after this latest setback.

There are now three top-flight counties, Kerry, Mayo and Down with no points after two rounds of the competition.

But the problem for the Kingdom is that they have only two more home games.

The win is a massive boost to Roscommon and their joint managers Kevin McStay and Fergal McDonnell. 

On their debut back in the top flight they suffered an agonising defeat to Monaghan last weekend when they conceded 1-2 in injury time.

It looked like it would be another long day at the office when Kerry – who lost to Dublin in the first round – hit three early points.

But Roscommon then hit the next six scores before Stephen O'Brien grabbed a Kerry goal which enabled the home side lead at the break.

Roscommon stuck to their task in the second half, however. 

Cathal Cregg gave them the lead in the first quarter before being black carded. But they held their nerve with Enda Smith extending their advantage.

When the final whistle sounded the visiting fans celebrated the county's first competitive win over Kerry at senior level for more than a decade.

Meanwhile, Donegal and Monaghan have joined Dublin at the top of Division 1 after maintaining their one hundred percent start to the 2016 season.

Rory Gallagher's Donegal side have certainly hit the ground running in the new season. For the second successive weekend they chalked up a big score. 

Visitors Cork had demolished Mayo in the first round but it proved a different story when they hit the road.

A Martin Reilly goal enabled Donegal to jump into a 1-4 to 0-1 lead.

The visitors rallied briefly with a Donal Og Hodnett goal but Donegal were back in control by half time and they took the visitors apart in the second half with another goal from Odran MacNiallais.

Even though Cork tacked on late point Donegal still had ten points to spare at the finish.

It was a tighter contest in Clones between Ulster rivals Monaghan and Down. The visitors held the initiative early on but once the Ulster title holders found their rhythm they controlled the match and always looked like winning.

In Division 2 Tyrone continued to set the pace by securing an away win against Galway at Pearse Stadium.

A first-half goal from Tiernan McCann helped the visitors grab the initiative and although Damien Comer hit a Galway goal in the third quarter it wasn't enough to prevent Mickey Harte's side from maintaining their one percent record in the series.

Meanwhile, Fermanagh gave themselves a real chance of staying in Division 2 when they ended Meath's six-match unbeaten run in Enniskillen.

The visitors' cause wasn't helped when midfielder Andrew Tormey received a straight red card in the first half.

Pete McGrath's side eventually ran out four-point winners.

Kildare continue to set the pace in Division 3, beating Offaly while Longford, Sligo and Tipperary all made home advantage count with wins over Limerick, Westmeath and Clare respectively.

Louth and Wicklow are the pace setters in Division 4 – both had away wins over Waterford and Leitrim respectively while Antrim also maintained their one hundred percent record by beating Wexford at Corrigan Park in Belfast.

Results:

Allianz FL Division 1
Donegal 2-14; Cork 1-7
Roscommon 0-14; Kerry 1-10
Monaghan 0-13 Down 0-11

Allianz FL Division 2
Fermanagh 0-10; Meath 0-6
Tyrone 1-11; Galway 1-9

Allianz FL Division 3
Kildare 1-12; Offaly 1-8
Longford 0-13; Limerick 1-8
Sligo 1-11 Westmeath 1-10
Tipperary 2-7; Clare 1-7

Allianz FL Division 4
Antrim 1-8 Wexford 0-7
Wicklow 0-10; Leitrim 1-6
Louth 1-10; Waterford 1-9

Kehoe Cup SH Final
Kildare 3-15; NUI Maynooth 3-5