Kerry stay in pole place to safe a 3rd Allianz League title on the spin after ending each Mayo’s unbeaten report on this season’s competitors and their 12-season unbeaten league run on Kerry soil final evening.
emarkably that is Kerry’s first league win over Mayo on house soil since 2009 when Jack O’Connor was within the first season of his second time period as Kingdom boss.
Some extent from David Clifford within the sixth minute of injury-time gained by substitute Stephen O’Brien secured the 2 factors for Jack O’Connor’s aspect.
So far on this reign his crew has scarcely put a foot unsuitable. They at the moment are on an eight-match unbeaten run and have secured a spot within the league ultimate barring essentially the most unlikely mixture of leads to the remaining round-robin fixtures.
Mayo nonetheless has a chance to make the league decider on the primary weekend in April although at this stage their focus might be switching in direction of their Connacht championship showdown towards Galway on April 24.
Mayo dominated territorially early however transformed simply considered one of their three early scoring possibilities via Matthew Ruane as they struggled towards Kerry’s blanket defence.
Kerry replied with a brace of factors – the primary a spectacular effort from Clifford after he slipped his marker Oisín Mullin.
Mayo virtually coughed up a purpose within the eleventh minute when Fergal Boland was turned over and Dara Moynihan linked up with David Clifford, however Tony Brosnan opted to fist the ball over the bar somewhat than take a look at goalkeeper Rob Hennelly.
When that they had a chance Mayo pressed up on the Kerry kickout and induced complications for Shane Murphy. Ruane turned over considered one of his re-starts and linked up with Fergal Boland who made it a one-point sport (4-3) after 16 minutes.
David Clifford was centrally concerned within the sport’s solely purpose when he began the transfer linking up with Adrian Spillane on the best flank and his go was expertly completed to the web by Tony Brosnan.
Mayo ought to have replied instantly after Aidan O’Shea put Aiden Orme via, however he pulled his shot broad – and Mayo’s poor ending value them within the half as they chalked up 5 wides in comparison with three for the house aspect, although Kerry did drop three pictures quick.
Scores have been at a premium for the rest of the half and although Clifford availed of a Stephen Coen error to kick Kerry’s sixth level. All however two of these scores got here instantly from Mayo turnovers.
Mayo’s rising dominance within the center third grew to become extra pronounced although with Ruane, Jordan Flynn and Aidan O’Shea placing in huge shifts. The guests ought to have had a purpose in injury-time. Again, Ruane was centrally concerned however ’keeper Murphy brilliantly turned Diarmuid O’Connor’s shot across the submit for a ‘45 which Rob Hennelly transformed to go away Kerry 1-6 to 0-6 forward on the break.
Brosnan and O’Donoghue (free) exchanged early second half factors. Then Kevin McLoughlin who was solely seconds on the sector turned over Kerry possession. He mixed with Aidan O’Shea who linked up with Fergal Boland to hit his third level.
David Clifford was awarded a degree that regarded broad, however corner-forward O’Donoghue made it a two-point sport after profitable an excellent mark.
Paudie Clifford miscued a 13-metre free which might have given Kerry a four-point benefit within the 56th minute and when O’Donoghue nailed a harder free on the different finish instantly afterward it was again to a two-point sport once more.
Down the straight Dara Moynihan was penalised for being too near a long-range free from Rob Hennelly and O’Donoghue transformed the free earlier than Ruane levelled the tie with seven minutes of regular time left.
A Clifford free off the submit restored Kerry’s benefit; Paddy Durcan was broad with two long-range efforts because the six minutes of damage time was signalled. Mullin gained a doubtful free which O’Donoghue nailed to degree the tie within the 73rd minute.
But Kerry managed to interrupt out and Aidan O’Shea fouled substitute Stephen O’Brien which Clifford transformed and it proved the profitable rating. For as soon as Kerry prevailed in a decent end. They can have issues in regards to the effectiveness of their midfielder pairing.
But on an evening when the climate once more proved a spoil sport they are going to be pleased to lastly win on house soil towards Mayo.
Mayo supervisor James Horan didn’t converse to the media earlier than or after the match. According to a County Board spokesman he took his motion in solidarity with the GPA who’re in dispute with Croke Park authorities over gamers’ bills.
Scorers – Kerry: D Clifford 0-6 (2f); T Brosnan 1-2; J Savage 0-2 (2f); D Moynihan J Barry 0-1 every. Mayo: R O’Donoghue 0-7 (6f, m); F Boland 0-3; M Ruane 0-2; R Hennelly (‘45), A Orme 0-1 every.
Kerry: S Murphy; D Casey, J Foley, T O’Sullivan; G O’Sullivan, T Morley, B O’Beaglaioch; D O’Connor, J Barry; D Moynihan, J Savage, A Spillane; P Clifford, D Clifford, T Brosnan. Subs: S O’Brien for A Spillane (46), Ok Spillane for Savage (48), G Crowley for Casey (56), M Burns for P Clifford (66), P Warren for G O’Sullivan (70+4).
Mayo: R Hennelly; P O’Hora, L Keegan, M Plunkett; P Durcan, S Coen, O Mullin; J Flynn, M Ruane; D O’Connor, A O’Shea, J Carney; F Boland, A Orme, R O’Donoghue. Subs: E Hession for Coen (h-t), Ok McLoughlin for Carney (43), F Irwin for Orme (56), C Loftus for Boland (67), F McDonagh for O’Connor (70+1).
Referee: B Cawley (Kildare).