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Published: 17:02 | 13/3/16

AFL round-up: Cork back to winning ways

Away wins for Kerry and Roscommon in Division 1

1-08 from Colm O’Neill helped Cork end their three-game losing run in the Allianz Football League Division 1 as they beat Monaghan 1-20 to 1-13 at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Cork started with a ferocious intensity and had 1-05 on the board before Monaghan registered a point.

This start set the tempo for the entire 70 minutes as Cork never let up and never allowed their lead to drop below four points.

The Rebels were 1-10 to 0-03 ahead after 29 minutes before they allowed Monaghan sneak back into the game with a goal from Conor McCarthy.

The visitors clawed their way to within four-points on the stroke of half-time, but Cork finished the half strongly and went in 1-12 to 1-06 ahead at the break.

Cork started the second period much like the first as they opened up a nine-point gap and they never looked in danger of losing the game as they eased their way to a 1-20 to 1-13 win.

Roscommon recorded their fourth Allianz League win a row to move into pole position for a Division 1 semi-final spot after a 1-19 to 0-17 win over Donegal at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny.

The Rossies took the lead early on and never relinquished it as they showed their fine early season form was no fluke with another fantastic win.

The visitors were simply superb in the first half as they opened up the Donegal defence at will and went in five-points up at the break, 0-11 to 0-06.

Donegal were vastly improved after the break and they pulled themselves to within two points, 0-15 to 0-13 after 55 minutes.

However, Roscommon held their nerve and retook control when Cathal Cregg fired home after a fantastic move to end any hopes of a Donegal comeback.

The home side threw everything forward in the dying minutes, and rattled the crossbar through Michael Murphy, but they were unable to get back into the game as Roscommon eased to a five-point win.

Kerry made it three wins in a row in the AFL with a hard fought five-point victory over Mayo at MacHale Park.

The Kingdom, who lost their opening two games against Dublin and Roscommon, found themselves 0-07 to 1-03 behind at the break.

But they rallied in the second period and turned the game in their favour when Johnny Buckley struck their second goal of the game.

Kieran Donaghy and Diarmuid O’Connor both saw red late in the game, while Peter Crowley got a black card.

But Kerry did more than enough to seal an impressive win and send Mayo deeper into relegation trouble.

In Division 2, Tyrone all but confirmed their return to Division 1 after their sealed their fifth consecutive Allianz League victory with six-points to spare over Meath at Pairc Tailteann.

Ronan O’Neill was the star of the show for Mickey Harte’s men as he hit 1-04 from play in Navan as the visitors outmuscled their opponents and never really looked like losing the game.

Meath, who have taken just three points from a possible 10, are now deep in relegation trouble, despite Mickey Newman hitting 1-07 for his side.

Elsewhere in Division 2, Derry found the net on five occasions to grab a dramatic draw against Laois at O’Moore Park.

Laois started like a train and opened the scoring with a goal from Paul Kingston after just 20 seconds.

The hosts looked in control for the majority of the half and moved into a four-point lead approaching the interval.

However, the Derry forwards brought their shooting boots and they reduced the arrears to just the minimum at the break when Shane Heavron fired home from the penalty spot.

The visitors made it a hat-trick of goals and tied the game five minutes into the second period when Christopher Bradley slotted home.

Laois again kicked on after this with a string of points as they moved clear, but they continued to leak goals and Bradley netted again to bring his side back into it.

Donie Kingston again kicked Laois ahead but Derry weren’t to be denied and they grabbed their fifth goal in the dying minutes, before James Kielt pointed to tie the game.

In Divison 3, Sligo beat Kildare by a point, 2-15 to 2-14, at St Conleth’s Park, Longford had three-points to spare over Tipperary in Longford and Offaly beat Clare at O’Connor Park.

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