Review: Allianz NFL Div 1 Week 7

Connacht rivals Mayo and Galway will contest the Allianz Football League Division 1 Final, while Armagh have been relegated along with Donegal, after defeat to Tyrone.

Galway 1-13 Kerry 0-14, Pearse Stadium

Galway secured their spot in the league final after surviving a late scare from the Kingdom.

Paul Conroy’s goal served as a key score, Shane Murphy collided with the post as he caught a hit ball in but then spilled it into the net, that was key as Galway went in 1-7 to 0-7 ahead at the break.

Despite five points from Sean O’Shea, two each for David and Paudie Clifford, Barry Dan O’Sulliavan and Tom O’Sullivan and one from Gavin White, Kerry failed to close the gap in the long run and finish below in 5th spot.

Roscommon 0-21 Donegal 0-9, Dr Hyde Park

Roscommon ended the campaign in third as they secured a fourth win of the year sending Donegal down to Div 2.

Despite a very competitive opening ten minutes on the Athlone Road, Roscommon would show their style to pull out a five point lead at the break, leading 0-12 to 0-7 by the break.

It would be a similar story in the second half as Roscommon showed their capabilities as the championship draws closer, they had five of their starting six forwards all register scores in the tie.

Tyrone 0-18 Armagh 0-16, O’Neill’s Healy Park

Tyrone secured a big win on home soil to put to bed their relegation worries and in turn have sent Armagh down to the second tier.

It was a nip and tuck affair with Tyrone just edging a close battle of the opening half ahead 0-8 to 0-7, six points from Darren McCurry was inspirational in their forward line to see them over the edge, while Peter Harte notched 0-3 in a terrific display at wing back.

Mayo 0-14 Monaghan 2-14, Hastings MacHale Park

A goal in each half got Monaghan over the line against Mayo completing their great escape to remain a Division 1 side next year.

Ryan O’Toole netted after 12 minutes which put Monaghan in the driving seat, however despite that goal giving them a four point lead at the time, it was reduced to one by the break as Mayo were not backing down.

Mayo pressed on in the second hand as Jordan Flynn pointed in the 52nd minute to tie the game 0-12 to 1-9, the sides exchanged scores but up stepped Conor Mcmanus to be the leader once more, he added 1-2 late on having converted a penalty, putting his total to 1-7.

Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.

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