Kildare crushed as Kerry ace stays hot
Cork remain top of Division One despite going down to Mayo in Castlebar, while both Tyrone and Derry have leap-frogged Dublin to take second and third place with two games remaining of the league campaign and a weekend break coming up.
However, it was the form of James O'Donoghue – who hit 3-3 for Kerry last week against Tyrone – that was one of the talking points of the day as they overcame Kildare.
It seems inevitable that O'Donoghue's sparkling 1-5 in victory, along with an upcoming fixture against pointless Westmeath, will be enough to comfortably keep Kerry up. Kildare appear to be all but down and nothing but a miracle will rescue Paul Bealin's Westmeath from beginning next year in the second tier again.
Elsewhere, Mickey Harte's seven changes to his starting line up was a clear indication of the kind of response he wanted, and a change in emphasis was detected as he allowed his defence more protection than they enjoyed in Killarney as they romped home against Westmeath.
Down's win over Donegal put them and Monaghan all at the top of Division Two with identical win-loss-draw records. With winnable games coming up for all three it seems scoring difference may decide who proceeds to the league final in April 27.
Donegal's form will be cause for concern for manager Jim McGuinness as followed up their draw at home to Meath last weekend with defeat in Newry.
With none of the three Quigley brothers in their team, Fermanagh pulled off a surprisingly-comfortable win in Limerick, Tomás Corrigan taking on the scoring mantle with ease.
Cavan continue to lord matters with a 100% record, but Roscommon's thumping 18-point win over Offaly places them at the summit of the Division ahead of their Kingspan Breffni Park clash on Saturday week.
Antrim's defeat to Tipperary leaves them level on points at the bottom of Division Four with London and Carlow.