Kerry And Derry Win As Westmeath And Kildare Are Relegated


Westmeath 0-13 Kerry 2-15

Westmeath continued where they left off and fell to yet another defeat. This defeat at the hands of Kerry sees the Leinster side relegated and they can now start focusing on the championship, leaving their ill fated league campaign behind them in the process.

Westmeath started the game well and kept up with the kingdom on the scoreboard for the majority of the first half. A goal by Kerry’s Kieran O’Leary gave the kingdom some breathing space. Westmeath battled hard to recover from the goal and managed to level matters at half time.  Kerry raised their game in the second half and  a second goal from Paul Geaney left Westmeath with a mountain to climb. The lakesiders kept going and maintained some respectability on the scoreboard but Kerry had too much firepower up front to be halted from holding onto their place in Division 1. Westmeath now face Kildare in their last game which will be mostly about getting a win under the belts before the championship, as Kerry await the visit of Munster rivals Cork.

Derry 2-17 Kildare 3-9

Derry have been very impressive so far this season, securing significant victories over both Kerry and Dublin. The Ulster side would continue their run of form as they brushed aside a Kildare team who must  now go back to the drawing board and start to focus on their defence ahead of the championship.

The oakleafers started this game at a blistering pace with a goal from Cailean O’Boyle giving a them a big lead in the opening minutes. Kildare responded well when Keith Cribbin punched the ball into net to give Kildare their first goal of the evening, despite this it never affected Derry as they began to dominate the game and led by 1-7 to 1-3 at the break. The oakleafers continued their dominance when Mark Lynch gave Derry a second goal and stretched their lead to 12 points at one stage in the second half. Derry with the game basically in their hands started relaxing too much and Kildare capitalised with two goals coming from Eamonn Callaghan and Thomas Moolick, but it was too little too late for the Lilywhites as they face Division 2 football next year.

Cork 2-14 Tyrone 0-20

Tyrone were the visitors to Cork at the weekend, with the rebel county looking to continue their good form as the red hand sought some much needed consistency. Tyrone eased into an early lead, but this was soon cancelled out when a rebel counter attack resulted in a goal for Paul Kerrigan. Tyrone despite conceding an early goal remained in front by four points at the break. Cork came out the second half and took the game to Tyrone and started to reel them in, a goal by Colm O’Neill gave the rebels the lead and Cork seemed utterly dominant, but late points from Tyrone saved them from defeat and both sides will have to settle with a draw.

Dublin 3-14 Mayo 2-17

Mayo were the visitors to Croke Park to face All Ireland champions Dublin on Saturday evening. Mayo sought to avenge last year’s All Ireland final defeat to the men from the capital but had top be content with a pulsating draw.

Both sides started well and it was point for point for most of the opening minutes. A Kevin McLoughlin goal gave Mayo the slightest lead mid way through the first half. Dublin were reduced to 14 men when goalie Stephen Cluxton received a red card for an altercation off the ball. Mayo seemed to take advantage of this and went four points clear at the break.

Mayo continued to pull away but a goal from Kevin McManamon brought Dublin back into this game. Mayo responded well when Mikey Sweeney buried a goal into the net to restore their lead, it didn’t last long however as two late goals from Eoghan O’Gara gave Dublin a share of the spoils but they must count themselves very fortunate to come away with a draw.

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