Brave Cavan live to fight another day
Cavan 1-10 Kerry 0-13
Down two points in injury time, it looked as if Cavan were consigned to relegation but a late salvo saw them snatch a draw and keep their hopes alive as the campaign enters the final round.
Debutant Joe Dillon, who got on the end of a Conor Moynagh delivery, landed their penultimate point and then, deep into stoppage time, sub Seanie Johnston fired over a free from 40 metres to deny Kerry the win.
After a forgettable first half, Kerry led 0-6 to 0-4. Although Cavan started well, Conor Madden, Killian Clarke and Niall Clerkin all landing excellent points they seemed to run out of ideas as the half progressed.
With David Moran providing steady leadership, the Kingdom looked poised to push on in the second half and that feeling grew when sub Bryan Sheehan sent over a huge point with his first touch.
But Dara McVeety was thrown into the inside forward line and the Crosserlough man's pace immediately caused problems. He won a free which Madden converted and then after a great pass from Cian Mackey, burst clear and hit a super shot to the net.
Sheehan replied with a free but when McVeety earned another and McKiernan converted it, Cavan - 1-6 to 0-8 in front - sensed a first victory over the Kingdom in 51 years.
It was nip and tuck thereafter, with Kerry eventually putting daylight between the teams when subs Barry John Keane and Bryan Sheehan kicked points.
But the Blues dug deep and conjured the last brace that means they still have a chance of staying up.
Scorers: Cavan: Clarke (0-1), Clerkin (0-1), McKiernan (0-2f), McVeety (1-0), Madden (0-2, 1f), Dillon (0-1). Subs: McDermott (0-2f), ohnston (0-1f).
Kerry: Barry (0-1), Walsh (0-1), Geaney (0-6f), O'Brien (0-1). Subs: Sheehan (0-2, 1f), Keane (0-2).