Friday 25 April 2014

Kerry perform great escape to stay in Division One

Jonathan Lyne, Kerry, in action against Ronan McNamee, Tyrone.

KERRY held off a huge second half surge from Tyrone to eek out a 1-16 to 2-12 in and preserve their Division One status.

The Kingdom had led by 11 points after the break but second half goals from Stephen O'Neill and Mark Donnelly made the Munster men sweat.

Kerry won the toss and opted to play with the wind and raced into a 0-6 to 0-1 lead with Colm Cooper and Kieran Donaghy to the fore for the Kingdom

Kerry added two more points with the supply to Donaghy and the full-forward line of the highest quality.

Niall Morgan slotted over a free and Peter Harte added a point to break a sequence of seven unanswered point for Eamonn Fitzmaurice's men.

Johnny Buckley added Kerry ninth point of the first half, their first from a free, to put six between the teams.

Points from Donaghy, Lynne and Tomas O'Se helped Kerry stretch their advantage and O'Se put them firmly in control as he finished to the net following a great team move.

Colm Cooper got on the scoresheet just before the break with Kerry 1-13 to 0-5 in front.

Johhny Buckley opened the scoring in the second half before Stephen O'Neill pounced for a goal to reduce the gap to nine points.

Conor Gormley, Joe McMahon and Conor Clarke added further points as Tyrone began to take control and that made it 1-15 to 1-9.

Clarke kicked another beauty from distance and Darren McCurry added a free and suddenly Kerry were looking very vulnerable.

After Kerry missed two very kickable frees Colm Cooper slotted their first point in 21 minutes as Kerry stemmed the Tyrone tide.

Martin Penrose hit the post when it looked easier to score in injury time and then Mark Donnelly palmed to the net as Kerry held on by a point.


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