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Sunday 17 December 2017

Tommy Walsh return ends with injury as Mayo see off the Kingdom

Allianz Football League Division 1

1 February 2015; Tommy Walsh, Kerry. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Round 1, Kerry v Mayo. Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, Co. Kerry. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
1 February 2015; Tommy Walsh, Kerry. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Round 1, Kerry v Mayo. Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, Co. Kerry. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Mayo powered past Kerry in Killarney yesterday, coming away with two points after a 2-11 to 0-10 win.

It was also a game that saw Tommy Walsh return to the Kerry colours after five years in the AFL.

Kerry did benefit from his introduction at half time, staging a mini revival in the opening 15 minutes, before Walsh left the field late on after picking up a leg injury.

However, Mayo’s second goal in 50th minute from Kevin McLoughlin ended any chance of a Kingdom comeback.

The home side began well, thanks to the midfield dominance of David Moran, and moved 0-3 to 0-1 ahead, with two Barry John Keane points and one from Kieran O’Leary.

But once Alan Freeman beat Kerry fullback Mark Griffin to find the net in the 24th minute, the writing was on the wall.

Mayo led 1-7 to 0-4 at half-time, with Michael Conroy kicking three fine points from play.

The hosts battled back after the break and added four points but McLaughlin’s goal and the introduction of Aidan O’Shea helped Mayo cruise to victory.

Newly promoted Monaghan defeated Tyrone 1-13 to 0-9 in a game interrupted by a 31-minute floodlights failure in Saturday’s clash at Healy Park. Tyrone went five points clear with three Darren McCurry frees, but Darren Hughes and Stephen Gollogly reduced the deficit.

The Red Hands led 0-7 to 0-5 at the break, but Monaghan dominated the second half and sealed it with a Gollogly goal.

Elsewhere, an Odhrán Mac Niallais goal 17 minutes from time got the Rory Gallagher era off to a winning start as a powerful second-half display from Donegal dispatched Derry in Ballybofey.

The visitors led 0-9 to 0-6 at the break after Mark Lynch’s masterclass, but only kicked three points after the restart as Donegal, led by the Christy Toye at midfield, steamrollered the visitors.

With Paddy McBrearty kicking five points (three from play), further late points from Toye and Michael Murphy saw Donegal cruise to victory as Derry ran out of steam.

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