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Published: 17:55 | 7/2/16

AFL Div 1 & 2 round-up

Donegal win again while Roscommon shock Kerry

Roscommon shocked Kerry and Donegal hammered Cork in the two games played in the Allianz Football League Division 1, while there were wins for Tyrone and Fermanagh in Division 2.

Roscommon shocked Kerry by 0-14 to 1-10 at a rainswept Fitzgerald Park.

Both sides were looking to bounce back from opening day defeats and the Kingdom raced into a three point lead inside the opening ten minutes before Enda Smith hit back for the Rossies with a fine score.

Four more points in quick succession, including two from Cathal Cregg, saw the visitors lead 0-05 to 0-03 just after the midway point in the first half.

Two further points from Fintan Cregg and one from Cian Connolly increased the lead to five as Eamonn Fitzmaurice's men passed a quarter of an hour without a score.

But last season's All-Ireland finalists hit back with scores from Barry John Keane and Tommy Walsh before Stephen O'Brien scored a fine solo goal to bring the sides level.

Johnny Buckley then pointed to give Kerry the narrowest of leads at 1-06 to 0-08 at the break.

The home side moved further ahead before two points from Cathal Clegg and another from Ciaran Murtagh put Roscommon ahead once again.

Smith extended the advantage and, although Conor Cox pulled one back late on, Roscommon held on for their first victory in the top flight and their first ever win in the Kingdom.

Donegal remain top of the table after easily despatching Cork by 2-14 to 1-07 in Ballyshannon.

The home side started strongly and led 1-04 without reply just after the quarter hour mark, with Martin O'Reilly finding the net, before Cork slowly got back into the game.

The Rebels notched 1-03 of their own, with Donal Og Hodnett finding the net on 20 minutes.

But the home side responded and further points from Paddy McBrearty (0-03) and Odhran MacNiallais (0-02) ensured they were comfortable at 1-09 to 1-03 at the break.

They posted another 1-04 without reply after the restart, with MacNiallais finding the net, which ended the game as a contest.

Monaghan made it two wins from two as they beat Down 0-13 to 0-11 at Clones.

The Mourne men needed a good performance following their drubbing at the hands of Donegal last weekend, while Monaghan will have been boosted by the manner of their comeback win over new boys Roscommon.

Down started well before Monaghan hit back to lead 0-09 to 0-06 at half-time.

Points from Ryan McAnespie and Shane Carey extended their advantage to five going into the final quarter.

But Eamon Burns' side refused to lie down and put the Farney men under intense pressure in the closing stages. They got within two but couldn't find the goal that they needed to complete the comeback.

In Division 2, meanwhile, Fermanagh finished strongly with five unanswered points in the final quarter to see off 14-man Meath by 0-10 to 0-06 at Brewster Park.

The Royals lost midfielder Andrew Tormey in the 23rd minute after an earlier yellow card was followed by a black one for blocking the run of a Fermanagh player.

It was an uphill struggle from there and, with just one score from play in the entire contest, they never looked likely to get anything from the contest.

The homes side led by 0-05 to 0-03 at the break, but four Tomas Corrigan frees after the break put real daylight between the sides ahead of Barry Mulrone's insurance point late one.

In the other Division 2 game played on Sunday, Tyrone survived a late comeback to beat Galway 1-11 to 1-09 at Pearse Park, Salthill.

The Tribesmen registered 1-03 without answer in the closing stages but it wasn't enough to prevent Tyrone from making it two wins in succession in the second tier.

Tiernan McCann's goal put Mickey Harte's side in the driving seat and they looked comfortable at 1-06 to 0-05 at the break.

Galway lost Paul Conroy to a second yellow early in the second half before a Lee Brennan point made it 1-11 to 0-06 to the visitors.

But the home side fought back, with Damien Comer finding the net, and scores from Peadar O'Cuic and Shane Walsh made it a nervy finish for the Red Hand men in the end.


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