Division One NFL results from weekend
Kerry, Galway and Derry were all victorious on Sunday and they join Kerry on two points in the Allianz National Football League.
Allianz NFL Division Two: Westmeath 0-11 Galway 2-10
Galway, despite being reduced to 14 men, got the better of Westmeath 2-10 to 0-11 in Mullingar in Division One of the Allianz National Football League on Sunday.
The scoreline is slightly kind to Galway, who pulled away at the finish after young Johnny Ryan was sprung from the bench and scored a superb major.
The Tribesmen were favoured by the wind in the opening period, but struggled to dominate the scoreboard: indeed, they led just 0-7 to 0-5 after having much the better of the first half.
Nicky Joyce, Michael Meehan, Cormac Bane and Padraig Joyce were among the points for Galway, but Meehan had a chance to score the game’s first goal on 19 minutes. However, his effort from a penalty - after Nicky Joyce had been fouled - went over off the bar.
A Meehan free edged Galway 0-8 to 0-5 ahead, before The Lake County hit four without reply, the last of them from the otherwise quiet Denis Glennon. Thomas McDaniel also scored 0-3 for the homeside, while Des Dolan scored the same tally, all of them frees.
Galway, who lost Barry Cullinane in the 18th minute of the second half, paradoxically did better with 14 men. After Ryan’s goal, Meehan added another green flag and it was quite comfortable at the finish. The hosts had one yellow card to Galway’s two.
Derry, written off by many pre game, put Mayo to the sword with a dominant performance in Castlebar as they got their Division One league defence off to the best possible start.
Allianz NFL Division One: Mayo 0-10 Derry 1-9
However, it will be the discipline rather than the result that will remain a talking point as four Derry players saw yellow cards and were effectively sent off. Brian McGuigan, brought in at the last minute to replace Sean Marty Lockhart who became a father last night, was yellow carded for a challenge on Trevor Mortimer and he was replaced by John O’Kane.
Three more were to follow, but the most contentious will be Patsy Bradley’s dismissal who was sent off in the 20th minute for an innocuous challenge on Mayo forward Andy Moran; despite already being on a ticking it was felt that Bradley didn’t deserve a second.
Mayo were the quicker out of the blocks and on 47 seconds corner forward Moran sent the ball over to open his and the Westerners’ league account. They soon doubled their lead through Tom Parsons.
But Derry never let themselves get out of contention and they were back on terms minutes later through two points by Barry McGoldrick, both from frees.
After 35 minutes The Oak Leafers had already three forced substitutions with debutant Brian McAlary added to the list of yellow card recipients. Mayo never made the advantage count as they went in at the break with the score at 0-6 to 0-5 in favour of the home side.
The first ten minutes of the second half saw the visitors take the initiative and the introduction of Paddy Bradley on 43 minutes proved vital as moments later he flicked the ball off to the on-rushing James Kielt and the youngster smashed the ball home putting Derry in the driving seat with a score of 1-6 to 0-7.
Mayo’s response was to make a double substitution introducing Conor Mortimer and Pat Harte in place of Parsons and Billy Joe Padden, and the DCU man sparked some life into the forward line, forcing a ‘45 after pressuring Shane McGuckian in the Derry goal and forcing the ‘keeper to concede a 45 which resulted in Ronan McGarrity pointing.
But the home side couldn’t get back into the game and in the end their stamina and fitness were outmatched by what proved to be a very strong Derry panel.
Derry’s debutants proved the difference, especially Kielt who tormented the Mayo defence and eventually tallied a score of 1-2, with the goal proving the winning score.
Scorers for Mayo: A Dillon (0-3, 0-3f), A Moran (0-2, 0-1 ‘45), C Mortimer (0-2, 0-1f), P Gardiner, R McGarrity, T Parsons (0-1) each.
Scorers for Derry: J Kielt 1-2, B McGoldrick (0-2), M Goldrick, S Bradley, P Young, P Cartin, F Doherty (0-1) each.
Mayo: D Clarke; L O’Malley, G Cafferky, D Vaughan; P Gardiner, T Cunniffe, P Kelly; T Parsons , R McGarrity; BJ Padden T Mortimer, A Dillon; A Moran, B Moran, M Sweeney.
Subs: C Mortimer for BJ Padden (on 49 minutes), P Harte for T Parsons (49), A O’Shea for T Mortimer (51), M Rolandson for M Sweeney (65) and K McLoughlin for D Vaughan (69).
Derry: S McGuckian; B Og McAlary, B McGuigan, R Dillon; P Cartin, J O’Kane, C McKaigue; F Doherty, Patsy Bradley; E Lynn, B McGoldrick, S L McGoldrick; J Kielt, E Bradley, S Bradley.
Subs: G O’Kane for B McGuigan (on 15 minutes), J Diver for Patsy Bradley (20), P Young for B óg McAlary (35), Paddy Bradley for S Bradley (43), B Mullan for B McGoldrick (50) and D McBride for R Dillon (64).
Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois).
Yellow Cards: 4: B, Mcguigan, P Bradley, B McAlary, R Dillon.
Jack O’Connor’s second spell as Kerry manager got off to the best possible start with a comfortable 2-13 to 0-11 win over Donegal on Sunday.
Allianz NFL Division One: Kerry 2-13 Donegal 0-11
It was John Joe Doherty’s first game in charge of the Ulster men and without several first team players they struggled in tough conditions, trailing by 11 points, 2-8 to 0-3, at the break.
The game was all but over as a contest when Kerry grabbed two early goals, with Colm Cooper finishing a fine Kerry move with his fist after good work by Aidan O’Shea and David Moran before Tommy Walsh dealt Donegal’s hopes a killer blow with a second after 15 minutes.
Stephen Griffin [0-2] and Michael Doherty were the only Donegal players to score in the first half, while Paul Galvin was on form for Kerry, grabbing three points from play which were supplemented well by the free-taking of Moran, who was excellent throughout.
Brian Roper, who was making a record 148th appearance for Donegal, was introduced at the break and he made a massive difference, scoring 0-2 from play to add to a Neil Gallagher score.
But Kerry were comfortable throughout and never looked like relinquishing their lead in a clean game that so no yellow cards.