Kerry 0-11 Mayo 1-10
Mayo got the better of Kerry by two points in Tralee on Saturday largely thanks to the goal from Matthew Ruane which was the difference in the end. It was Mayo’s fourth win of the campaign will give them a fighting chance of securing a league final place as they are on the same points as Galway, while they are ahead of Tyrone and Dublin in the standings.
A packed house in Tralee were treated to some good football at times in very difficult conditions with the wind and rain coming down heavily. Indeed it was Kerry who used the elements of best to their advantage as Peter Keane’s charges took in a 0-07 to 0-04 lead. It was Mayo who kicked the first score of the night, through Kevin McLoughlin. Ruane kicked another a couple of minutes later. Jason Doherty added a third point for James Horan’s men. Sean O’Shea kicked a nice opening score for Kerry on 9 minutes, before adding to his total on 14 minutes. McLoughlin kicked another though for Mayo. McCarthy and O’Shea levelled the score as the rain came bucketing down, Tommy Walsh gave Kerry the lead when he pointed from a mark from close range. O’Shea kicked his fourth soon after with McCarthy making it Kerry’s fifth successive point soon after.
Doherty kicked a free on the resumption, before Kelly denied Ruane a good goalscoring opportunity. Diarmuid O’Connor kicked Kerry’s first score of the half on 51 minutes, Mayo replied with quick scores from Fionn McDonagh and a Doherty free with the three quarter stage approaching. Fergal Boland fisted a nice point which levelled matters on 53 minutes. Doherty converted a free the visitors 4th point in a row, as they reclaimed the lead with just 14 minutes to go. O’Shea kicked a lovely 45 for Kerry into the wind, the scores now again level with 61 minutes played. Doherty kicked over another free, before Ruane scored the match winning goal. O’Shea and O’Donoghue kicked points for Kerry but it was to little to late.
All is not lost for Kerry, if they draw with Roscommon next weekend they will make it to the final, in fact they could qualify if they lose. Mayo are at home to Monaghan, they will need a win there and hope Galway fail to win against Tyrone.
Mayo: D Clarke; C Barrett, B Harrison, K Higgins; S Coen, M Plunkett, D Vaughan; M Ruane (1-1), S Coen; F McDonagh (0-1), C Loftus, D O’Connor; K McLoughlin (0-2), J Doherty(0-5, 5f), J Durcan. Subs: A Moran for J Durcan (47mins), F Boland (0-1) for Loftus (50), R Hennelly for Clarke (58, inj), L Keegan for Vaughan (65)
Kerry: B Kelly; P Crowley, T Morley, B O Beaglaioch; G Crowley, P Murphy, T O’Sullivan; J Barry, M Griffin; D Moynihan, S O’Shea (0-6, 3f, 1 ‘45’), G O’Brien; K McCarthy (0-2), T Walsh (0-1, 1m), S O’Brien. Subs: D O’Connor (0-1) for McCarthy (45mins), T O’Shea for Moynihan (47), J O’Donoghue (0-1) for Walsh (58), C Geaney for O’Brien (59)
Ref: N Cullen (Fermanagh)