Derry record superb victory over Kerry

Derry caused a major upset by defeating Kerry in a highly entertaining Division One game at Fitzgerald Stadium yesterday.

Brian McIver’s men recovered from a sluggish start to lead by 0-7 to 0-6 at half-time.

The sides were level at 0-9 apiece early in the second half before Derry shot three unanswered points to put themselves in the driving seat, and Kerry were unable to reel them in.

“It is not too often you come to Killarney and get a result,” said McIver.

“Over the course of the game, I thought we deserved to win.

“For six minutes we hardly got our hands on the ball - we were three down and Kerry were flying. But then we worked some fine scores.”

Tyrone, who drew with Derry last week, also got their first win of the league season with a home victory over Mayo.

Goals in either half from Darren McCurry proved decisive for the Red Hands.

Leading by 1-9 to 0-6 at half-time, the home side were forced to withstand a second half fightback before McCurry’s second major with seven minutes to settled it.

“It is only February, but it is great to be motoring so well at this time of year,” said Tyrone forward Mattie Donnelly who landed six points.

“The conditions were a bit better than they were last week and suited faster football.”

In Division Two, Donegal, Monaghan and Down all collected victories.

Monaghan produced a scintillating performance in Clones to completely overwhelm a very disappointing Meath on Sunday.

The Farney men made up for the disappointment of losing a lead to only draw against Down last weekend, producing a display of real quality against the Royals.

Donegal continued their impressive start to their Division Two campaign on Sunday with an excellent win over Galway in Pearse Stadium.

Following up on last weekend’s massive win over Laois, the 2012 All-Ireland champions showed once again they mean business in the second tier with a fully deserved seven-point win.

Down hit 14-man Armagh with an injury-time goal to snatch victory and two precious league points in Friday’s night’s Allianz league division two clash.

Mark Poland scored two goals in the second-half, his second coming in the 72nd minute, to hand Down their first victory over Armagh in the Athletic Grounds since 1992.

Armagh, who lost Robbie Tasker to a straight red card after 57 minutes, produced a battling performance against the wind in the second-half.

They led by 1-3 to 0-3 at half-time, thanks to Kevin Dyas’ goal after 26 minutes, but it didn’t look like a big enough lead given the strength of the gale-force wind at their backs.

In Division Three, Cavan and Fermanagh both recorded victories, but Antrim lost out to Wicklow in Division Four. Cavan were comfortable winners over Offaly with Martin Dunne and Eugene Keating their chief scorers.


Division One

Tyrone 2-15 Mayo 0-15; Kerry 0-14 Derry 0-16

Division Two

Galway 0-12 Donegal 1-16; Monaghan 0-20 0-8 Meath; Armagh 2-05 Down 2-07

Division Three

Offaly 0-8 Cavan 1-11 ; Fermanagh 2-13 Sligo 1-10

Division Four

Antrim 1-13 Wicklow 3-9