Mayo inflict another defeat on Kerry while Tyrone snatch victory at the death
Published 02/03/2014 | 16:17
Alan Freeman was the star of the show for Mayo while Tyrone snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in Newbridge in Division One.
Goals from Freeman and Jason Doherty had Mayo 2-07 to 0-11 ahead at the end of an absorbing opening period where Kerry battled back after conceding a goal in the first minute of the match at McHale Park.
Barry John Keane grew into the game with two points, while James O'Donoghue and midfielder David Moran also found the range.
A goal from Stephen O’Brien early in the second half gave real hope of avoiding a third straight defeat, but in front of a sizeable home crowd, Mayo struck six in a row from Freeman (4), McLoughlin, and Enda Varley to finish on a scoreline of 2-15 to 1-13.
In Newbridge a late Mark Donnelly goal in Newbridge to steal a sensational 3-16 to 1-21.
The hosts raced into an early 0-07 to 0-00 scoreline and led throughout the encounter. Indeed with 70 minutes on the clock they enjoyed a five point lead, but Mickey Harte’s side showed resilience on the 10th anniversary of Cormac McAnallen’s death with Ronan O’Neill and then Donnelly raising green flags.
After a slow start, Tyrone trailed by just a point at the interval and while the Lilywhites looked like breaking their poor record against the Red Hand, the visitors dug deep to claim an unlikely victory.
Early goals from Derry were enough to see the visitors power to victory over Westmeath in Mullingar on a scoreline of 3-16 to 0-12.
John Heslin opened the scoring for the home side, but goals from Cailean O’Boyle and Benny Heron within 45 seconds laid the foundations for victory.
Mark Lynch scored from placed ball and also from play while Heslin did more than anyone to keep Westmeath in the contest as they trailed 2-07 to 0-06 at the interval.
Emmet McGuickan added a third goal and Derry finished with points from Enda Lynn, Lynch and Leo McGoldrick.
In Division Two, Donegal moved back to the top of the table as they defeated Monaghan 2-11 to 0-10 in this repeat of last year's Ulster final.
Goals from Odhrán Mac Niallais and Colm McFadden were the difference between the sides at the break in Letterkenny, with Donegal leading 2-04 to 0-04.
Despite the efforts Conor McManus and Jack McCarron, Monaghan couldn’t reduce the gap.
In Division Three Roscommon enjoyed a big win over Limerick, while Longford edged past Fermanagh, while Clare, Tipperary, Leitrim and Antrim all claimed victories in Division Four.
Kildare 1-21 Tyrone 3-16
Mayo 2-15 Kerry 1-13
Derry 3-16 Westmeath 0-12
Donegal 2-11 Monaghan 0-10
Roscommon 1-21 Limerick 0-13
Wexford 0-6 Cavan 0-13
Longford 1-15 Fermanagh 2-11
Sligo 0-18 Offaly 1-12
Clare 2-13 Wicklow 1-8
London 1-7 Tipperary 1-19
Leitrim 1-17 Carlow 1-8
Antrim 1-17 Waterford 0-6