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GAA: Allianz Football League Round-up

GAABy Sean McGoldrick
SMOTHERED: Kerry's Bryan Sheehan is surrounded by Donegal players
SMOTHERED: Kerry's Bryan Sheehan is surrounded by Donegal players

TITLE holders Kerry have repeated their All-Ireland final victory over Donegal in Tralee.

Despite a late scare the Kingdom prevailed by two points, 2-13 to 2-11, to re-ignite their League title ambitions.

However, with only two wins in the competition so far, Donegal have been sucked into the relegation dog fight.

Ryan McHugh scored an early goal for the visitors to give them a 1-2 to 0-3 advantage

But with Bryan Sheehan in scoring form for Kerry - he kicked five first half points before retiring injured at the break - the Kingdom soon regained the initiative.  A Barry John Keane goal put them in the driving seat at the break.

A penalty goal from David Moran in the third quarter looked set to seal the victory before the late drama at the finish.

Donegal substitute Colm McFadden was fouled in the parallelogram and Michael Murphy - who had been fortunate not to be punished for a high tackle earlier - blasted the ball to the Kerry net with a minute of normal time remaining.

But Kerry held out to make it three wins out of five in the series.
 

Kerry footballer Aidan O'Mahony and member of An Garda Síochána, watches the game against Donegal

However, it was neighbours Cork who again stole the headlines in Division 1 with a magnificent one point win over Tyrone (2-10 to 0-17), who amazingly have failed to win any of their three home games this season.

First half goals from Conor McAliskey and a penalty goal from Peter Harte gave the early initiative to Mickey Harte's side.

But the visitors dominated the second half and kept the scoreboard ticking over with a succession of points.

Tyrone's failure to score from play cost them dearly as the Rebels celebrated victory.

 Cork are now outright leader of Division 1 with Kerry, Monaghan and Mayo all grouped together in second place. .

Monaghan overcame Derry in the other Division 1 tie which almost certainly condemns the losers to relegation.

Down continue to set the pace in Division 2 after their emphatic win over Westmeath in Mullingar. Roscommon got back into the race with an excellent away win over Kildare who remain footed to the foot of the table.

Cavan are also back in the hunt with an away win over Galway who now have relegation fears.

Armagh and Fermanagh who beat Clare and  Limerick respectively continue to top Division 3 while Offaly and Longford maintained their drive for promotion from Division 4.

RESULTS

Allianz FL Division 1
Kerry 2-13 Donegal 2-11, Austin Stack Park
Tyrone 2-10 Cork 0-17, Healy Park
Monaghan 0-15 Derry 0-10, Clones

Allianz FL Division 2
Galway 0-10 Cavan 0-12, Pearse Stadium
Kildare 2-12 Roscommon 0-24, Newbridge
Westmeath 0-10 Down 2-17, Cusack Park

Allianz FL Division 3
Louth 3-11 Tipperary 4-16, Drogheda
Fermanagh 2-19 Limerick 2-10, Brewster Park
Clare 1-11 Armagh 3-11, Cusack Park
Sligo 2-10 Wexford 1-8, Markievicz Park

Allianz FL Division 4
Wicklow 1-10 Longford 1-16, Aughrim
Offaly 0-14 Carlow 1-10, O'Connor Park
Waterford 0-13 Antrim 0-15, Walsh Park

(First named team had home venue)