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Gritty Monaghan dig deep to topple Kingdom

Kerry 1-10 Monaghan 2-8

Monaghan went top of the Allianz NFL after holding on to edge a valuable win over Kerry in Killarney yesterday.

Goals in either half by Jack McCarron and Gavin Doogan proved decisive as Monaghan continued their unbeaten start. McCarron hit 1-3, while Conor McManus found his scoring touch to guide his team to a second away win of the campaign.

Pointed frees by Jack McCarron and Rory Beggan got Monaghan up and running. Kerry hit back with the opening goal on 12 minutes, however, when David Moran fired home.

James O'Donoghue, Paul Murphy and Tadhg Morley extended the hosts' lead, but a goal from McCarron and a Kieran Hughes point had Monaghan within two at half-time: 1-5 to 1-3. A third O'Donoghue free had Kerry three up, only for Gavin Doogan to drill to the net and level it up.

A fine McCarron score edged Monaghan ahead and although a brace of Paul Geaney frees briefly regained the lead for Kerry, the visitors hit back with four unanswered points to make it a one-point game. But Monaghan dug deep and held on to claim a second win on Kerry soil in three years. Kerry had Bryan Sheehan sent off five minutes from time, just after he had been brought on as a sub.

Scorers:

Kerry: D Moran 1-0; J O'Donoghue (3f), P Geaney (3f) 0-3 each; BJ Keane (f), P Murphy, B Kealy (f), T Morley 0-1 each.

Monaghan: J McCarron 1-3 (0-1f); G Doogan 1-0; C McManus, K Hughes 0-2 each; R Beggan 0-1 (f).

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