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Oriel beat drop while Cavan gain promotion

Conor McManus scored six points for Monaghan
Conor McManus scored six points for Monaghan

By Pat Smith

Monaghan produced an outstanding final quarter of football in the decidedly old-school venue of Castleblayney to preserve their top-flight status, when they edged Donegal out 1-10 to 1-9.

Although leading 1-4 to 0-0 after 20 minutes, Martin McElhinney adding the goal, Donegal were lacklustre after that as the Oriel men got the better of them in their fiery recent history. Daniel McKenna with a goal, Conor McManus with six points, and a late Colin Walshe point rescued them.

Donegal go into the league semi-finals against Dublin next Sunday, the other semi-final comprising of Kerry v Roscommon.

Cavan will be playing in Division One in 2017 and they also have the Division Two final against Tyrone to look forward to on April 24 at Croke Park.

Terry Hyland's men had a winner-takes-all encounter against Galway in Kingspan Breffni Park and had to face the Tribesmen without Seanie Johnston but they still managed to triumph 1-16 to 1-12.

Cork's five point defeat to Kerry has them relegated to Division Two for the first time since 2009, and they will be joined there by Down, who completed a miserable league programme without a single point, going down by three points to Mayo.

Tyrone and Cavan have extracted themselves from Division Two, while the big losers of the day were Armagh and Laois, who on their way now to Division Three.

Year three of Kieran McGeeney's five-year term will be spent in Division Three and hard questions will now be asked of Armagh.

Kildare and Clare both won promotion from Division Three, while Limerick and Westmeath will be in the basement league next year.

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