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Alan Freeman. Picture: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

Alan Freeman. Picture: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

Alan Freeman. Picture: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

ALAN Freeman was the star of the show as Mayo claimed a crucial Allianz Football League Division 1 win at McHale Park yesterday on a scoreline of 2-15 to 1-13.

Full forward Freeman scored 1-5 and another goal from Jason Doherty had Mayo 2-7 to 0-11 ahead at the end of an absorbing opening period.

Stephen O'Brien's 39th-minute goal gave Kerry hope, but Mayo finished strongly with Freeman effective to dig out a vital victory.

Only 28 seconds had elapsed when Freeman rattled the net for Mayo.

After the restart Kerry came thundering back with Cox landing a point before a 39th-minute goal.

O'Brien, making a significant impression, slotted a delightful shot into the top corner and suddenly Kerry were 1-12 to 2-7 ahead.

A Kevin McLoughlin free and a smashing effort from Jason Doherty had the teams level again by the 43rd minute.

Then O'Brien pointed for the Kingdom, but Mayo, roared on by a partisan home crowd, struck six in a row from Freeman (four), McLoughlin, and Enda Varley.

Kerry have now lost for the third League match on the spin, as Mayo concluded the contest with a flourish to open their account in this year's competition.


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