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NFL Round-up: Monaghan still clinging to hopes of survival

Monaghan's fate in Division One of the NFL is still undecided despite their 1-14 to 0-11 defeat at Inniskeen by an experimental Kerry side.

Wind-backed Kingdom laid the foundation for their win with a five-star first half display which left them ahead by 1-9 to 0-1 at the interval.

The hosts were forced to field without key luminaries Vinny Corey, Owen Lennon and Paul Finlay, and were out-classed and out-muscled.

Kerry bagged eight points before Eoin Duffy opened the Farney account in the 32nd minute but the issue was all but sealed four minutes later when Declan O'Sullivan goaled.

Kerry lost Anthony Maher to a second yellow card eight minutes from time.

Meanwhile Cavan's hopes of staying in Division Three got a timely boost at Kingspan Breffni Park when they overcame a limp Louth side by |0-11 to 1-5.

Louth were lacklustre in the extreme and went from the 19th to the 57th minute without raising a flag.

The Wee County were their own worst enemies at times and had corner back Declan Byrne dismissed for a second yellow card five minutes into the second half.

The Breffni Blues owed a lot to Under 21 stars Gearoid McKiernan and Niall McDermott who each scored three points.

Cavan led 0-6 to 0-3 at the interval and a Mark Brennan goal on 59 minutes helped secure victory and a step towards safety.

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