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Tyrone 0-17 Kerry 1-14 2015-04-05 18:30:00

Allianz Football League Div 1Tyrone 0-17    ​Kerry 1-14

Kerry preserved their Division 1 status following a pulsating draw with Tyrone in Omagh. Paul Geaney's second half goal seemed to have given Kerry the impetus to drive on but Tyrone, who needed to win by 2 points to survive, fought back to tie the scores in the dying seconds. Colm Cooper made a welcome return to the Kerry colours for the final ten minutes or so.

Donegal, Mayo and Kerry finished the League on 7 points but it is the superior scoring difference of Donegal that puts them through to the League semi finals together with Cork, Dublin and Monaghan.

Kerry 1-14           Tyrone 0-17

Paul Brennan reports from Healy Park in Omagh Courtesy of the42.ie

TYRONE WILL PLAY Division 2 football next season after failing to beat Kerry in a cracking contest in Omagh today in what was effectively a relegation play-off.

In the absence of their manager Mickey Harte – unavailable after minor surgery earlier in the week – Tyrone put in their best performance of the league when they took the game to a Kerry team that merely needed to not lose by more than a point.

That objective looked pretty secure with less than five minutes to play as Kerry led 1-13 to 0-15, and the Kingdom led 1-14 to 0-16 going into added-time when Mattie Donnelly cracked a shot off the post with Brendan Kealy beaten.

A goal then would have nudged Tyrone into the required lead to keep them up but instead Kerry – who saw the return to Colm Cooper to action – hung on for a draw that preserves their Division One status for next season.

In a scintillating contest there was just enough expansive, fast football to override the ultra-defensive set-up of both teams throughout the game. Indeed, long-range scores were the highlight of the match, but it was Paul Geaney’s 45th minute goal that essentially kept Kerry up and sent Tyrone down.

Tyrone had led by just a point at half-time, 0-8 to 0-7, and were just about value for that lead. A little wastefulness cost them another couple of scores, and Kerry would have been satisfied being within touching distance of their hosts after a stop-start first 35 minutes.

After Johnny Buckley gave Kerry an early lead, Tyrone shot into a 0-3 to 0-1 lead through two Sean Cavanagh frees and a great score from Darren McCurry.

Kerry kept in touch through long-range points from David Moran and Bryan Sheehan – either side of a superb Peter Harte score for Tyrone – as both teams employed a very defensive set-up. Kerry’s ploy of lumping high ball into Kieran Donaghy yielded little of value in the second half but the big man came into his own in the second half, having a hand in several Kerry scores, as well as the goal.

That arrived with Kerry leading 0-10 to 0-9, Donaghy feeding Darran O’Sullivan whose shot was saved but Geaney swept the rebound to the Tyrone net. Sean Cavanagh had a wonderful chance to respond in kind but drove his shot just wide with only Brendan Kealy to beat.

By the 59th minute Tyrone had clawed themselves back to parity, 1-12 to 0-15, but they could never quite get out on front. With Cooper showing poise on the ball, Kerry held on for the draw – enough to keep them up, as Tyrone drop out of the top flight.

Scorers for Tyrone: Darran McCurry 0-7 (0-3f), Sean Cavanagh 0-6 (0-6f), Ronan McNabb, Peter Harte, Mattie Donnelly, Joe McMahon 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: Paul Geaney 1-2, Bryan Sheehan 0-4 (0-3f), Johnny Buckley, Paul Murphy 0-2 each, David Moran, Anthony Maher, Kieran Donaghy, Darran O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Allianz Football League 2015:

Roinn I

The top 4 Teams contest the Roinn I Semi Finals – 1 v 4 and 2 v 3.
The bottom 2 Teams are relegated to Roinn II.

Semi Final
Cork v Donegal
Dublin v Monaghan

Semi Final Winner v Semi Final Winner

Relegated: Tyrone, Derry

 Click here for AFL Division 1 Table after Final Round

Kerry team V Tyrone Announced

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Tyrone in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League in Omagh on Sunday shows three changes from the side defeated by Monaghan on Sunday last. Brendan Kealy returns in goal in place of Brian Kelly, Paul Murphy returns after injury at corner back  in place of Pa Kilkenny  and Bryan Sheehan also comes back after injury in place of Paul Geaney who has a hamstring strain.

Colm Cooper returns to the match day panel following injury for the first time since the 2013 All Ireland semi final against Dublin and Paul Galvin, who rejoined the panel recently having come out of retirement, is also included in the substitutes list.

The team, captained by Kieran Donaghy is as follows:

1.      Brendan Kealy                      Kilcummin

2.      Paul Murphy             Rathmore

3.      Mark Griffin                          St Michaels/Foilmore

4.      Shane Enright                        Tarbert

5.      Jonathan Lyne                       Killarney Legion

6.      Peter Crowley                       Laune Rangers

7.      Killian Young                        Renard

8.      Anthony Maher                     Duagh

9.      David Moran                        Kerins O’Rahillys

10.  Alan Fitzgerald                      Castlegregory

11.  Bryan Sheehan                      St Marys

12.  Johnny Buckley                     Dr Crokes

13.  Stephen O’Brien                   Kenmare

14.  Kieran Donaghy        (C)       Austin Stacks

15.  Barry John Keane                 Kerins O’Rahillys

Fir Ionaid:

16.  Brian Kelly                            Killarney Legion

17.  Pa Kilkenny                          Glenbeigh/Glencar 

18.  Tommy Walsh                       Kerins O’Rahillys

19.  Fionn Fitzgerald                    Dr Crokes 

20.  Marc Ó Sé                           An Ghaeltacht

21.  Darran O’Sullivan                 Glenbeigh-Glencar

22.  Kieran O’Leary                    Dr Crokes

23.  Padraig O’Connor                Killarney Legion

24.  Philip O’Connor                    Cordal

25.  Paul Galvin                            Finuge

26.  Colm Cooper                        Dr Crokes

Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge) 

Róghnóirí: Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Cian O’Neill (Moorefield, Kildare)