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Donegal's run halted by Kerry

By John Campbell

Donegal's surge in Division One of the Allianz Football League was brought to a sharp halt by a fired-up Kerry side in a tempestuous battle at Austin Stack Park, Tralee yesterday.

Referee Eddie Kinsella certainly had his work cut out for him.

Kerry's Alan Fitzgerald and Donegal player Leo McLoone were shown red cards before half-time while several yellow cards were brandished.

Kerry led by 0-7 to 0-3 at the break by which time Bryan Sheehan's free-taking had already proved an invaluable weapon.

This, allied to a Peter Crowley goal in the 45th minute, served to keep the Kingdom on the front foot. But Donegal still carried a threat and Michael Murphy's spectacular goal left his side just three points adrift at 1-10 to 1-7.

It was Kerry, though, who produced a strong finish with Sheehan, Barry John Keane and Colm Cooper flighting over scores that took them clear to win by 1-13 to 1-8.

Meanwhile, two late points from frees by goalkeeper Robbie Hennelly ensured that Mayo secured their first win in Division One when they overcame Monaghan by 2-11 to 1-12 in a thrilling contest at Clones.

The free-taking of Conor McManus had sustained Monaghan for the most part in the game.

Three points from Evan Regan proved central to Mayo's half-time lead of 1-6 to 1-5, McManus having hammered home the rebound after Hennelly had parried a penalty from him before Conor Loftus replied with a similar score for the visitors.

The Connacht side struck a telling blow when Diarmuid O'Connor crashed in their second goal.

Points from McManus and goalkeeper Rory Beggan looked to have given Monaghan the upper hand before Hennelly stepped up to the mark by powering over two '45's' to give the Connacht champions the win.

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