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Late goals lift Lilies on Leeside

LATE goals from substitutes Niall Kelly and Paddy Brophy helped Kildare beat Cork on their home patch at Pairc Uí Rinn by 2-10 to 1-9.


With less than 10 minutes left, the Rebels held onto a narrow lead that they had possessed since Ciaran Sheehan's early goal, but Kelly and Brophy, both minors with the Lilywhites last year, swung the game in the Lilywhites' favour.

Half-back Mikey Conway kicked 0-4 for Kildare, while Colm O'Neill scored 0-3 for Cork who had Damien Cahalane sent off early in the second half.

The result leaves Cork, league champions for the past three seasons, pointless while Kieran McGeeney and Kildare have carried their O'Byrne Cup-winning form into the league and can look forward to the three-week break contentedly.

In Ballybofey, Michael Murphy kicked six points as Donegal came from a point down at half-time to overcome Down at Ballybofey, on a scoreline of 0-12 to 0-7.

The All-Ireland champions, who trailed 0-5 to 0-4 at half-time, upped their game in the second half and outscored Down by eight points to two.

The introduction of All-Star Neil Gallagher at midfield turned the tide for the hosts who were pedestrian for long period in the opening period. Donegal started with 11 of their All-Ireland winning team.

In Castlebar, Tyrone made it two wins from two with a 1-12 to 1-11 win over Mayo.

Stephen O'Neill's stoppage time penalty sealed a narrow success.

Jason Doherty bagged three Mayo points, but two each from Peter Harte and goalkeeper Niall Morgan helped Tyrone to a 0-6 to 0-4 interval lead.

Keith Higgins blasted in a late goal, but there was still time for Mickey Harte's side to steal it.

Tyrone struggled to get any fluency going earlier on, but once Conor Clarke and Sean Cavanagh began to challenge the O'Shea brothers for midfield supremacy, they moved with greater confidence and purpose. Peter Harte's playmaking was another huge Red Hand asset, allied with his ability to take a score.