Trap door is looming for Donegal and Oriels
Controversy tended to stalk both Donegal and Monaghan in Division One of the Allianz Football League as they failed to free themselves from relegation worries.
The loss of the inspirational Dessie Mone to a second yellow card proved a heavy blow to Monaghan when they went down by 1-17 to 1-9 to Kerry at Clones yesterday while a suspicion that defender James McCarthy eye-gouged Donegal's Martin McElhinney detracted somewhat from Dublin's 1-10 to 0-7 win over Rory Gallagher's outfit on Saturday night.
Donegal had adopted an ultra-defensive pose from the outset in a bid to prevent a third successive loss but the Dubs' patience paid off, Philly McMahon's 65th minute goal proving crucial in a victory that signifies another step towards the retention of their title.
Monaghan boss Malachy O'Rourke had cause for concern when Dessie Mone was banished but the accuracy of Colm Cooper in particular was to prove too much in his side's eclipse by the kingdom.
But for Cavan boss Terry Hyland there was additional comfort now that his side are just one step away from promotion following a hard-earned 1-17 to 0-15 win over Laois.
Seanie Johnston got the all-important goal while Gearoid McKiernan, Jack Brady, Liam Buchanan and Michael Argue stepped up to the mark as the Breffni side set up a tantalising shoot-out with Galway at Kingspan Breffni Park next Sunday the winners of which will join Tyrone in the top tier.