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Monaghan stun Kerry as Cavan march on

Monaghan 1-11 - Kerry 0-10

Monaghan showed that they can indeed live with the biggest and the best outside of Ulster when they shocked All-Ireland champions Kerry with a four-point win in Tralee, 1-11 to 0-10.

With a big wind blowing across the pitch, the Kingdom went in ahead 0-7 to 0-3 at the break despite having whatever benefit was with the conditions.

Although Malachy O'Rourke's men lay deep in the first half, they became more expansive at the start of the second and were soon on level pegging seven minutes into it.

The decisive score came in the 43rd minute when Fintan Kelly and Darren Hughes combined to present Owen Duffy with a chance, and he fisted to the net.

It gained them all the momentum and they went on to keep Kerry scoreless for the last 24 minutes, leaving Eamonn Fitzmaurice with the task of keeping Kerry in the top flight on the last day against Tyrone in Healy Park, for the second time in three seasons.

Cavan have left promotion to Division One in their own hands, with a five point win over Westmeath in Kingspan Breffni Park. They broke their goal drought in this year's National League with Brendan Fitzpatrick's 44th minute strike that sent them on their way to a 1-8 to 1-3 victory.

They now have Meath to come in the final game. If they can win there, and supposing Roscommon also win their final game against Westmeath, then it will come down to a question of scoring difference as their previous meeting ended in a draw.

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