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Dublin: 1°C Thursday 6 May 2021


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IT’S BEEN A hectic day tallying the sporting events that have fallen victim to Storm Ciara – arguably the second-largest surge of the day – but the big games in Division One have survived the weather and will go ahead.

Tyrone v Kerry is going ahead, although it has been switched from Omagh to Edendork.

The other games slated for Division One are going ahead, with Meath hosting Mayo in the need of points, while Donegal host Galway.

All games throw-in at 2pm, and we’ll be keeping you up to date here on The42.

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Not all of the games further down the leagues have survived the weather. 

Laois v Cavan (Division Two), Louth v Offaly (Division 3), and Wicklow v Sligo (Division Four) are all off. 


Impressive from everyone at Edendork to have their house in order to host today’s clash with Kerry. 

Team News 

Tyrone v Kerry


Meath v Mayo 

Donegal v Galway




Mickey Harte confirms to TG4 we’ll likely see Cathal McShane at some point this afternoon. 

Only a couple of minutes to go to throw in now…

We’re underway! 

Tyrone 0-00 Kerry 0-01 

First blood to Kerry – a Sean O’Shea free kick. 


Meath 0-00 Mayo 0-01 

Tommy Conroy points from play to give Mayo the lead in Navan. They are playing with a very strong wind at their backs. 


Donegal 0-00 Galway 0-01 

And Shane Walsh gets Galway off the mark. 


Tyrone 0-01 Kerry 0-01

Niall Morgan comes forward to kick a free for Tyrone.


Meath 0-00 Mayo 0-02 

James Carr points a free for Mayo. 


Tyrone’s defence is as populous as ever, and they force David Clifford to kick in a space tighter than a phonebox. His effort drops short. 


Tyrone 0-01 Kerry 0-02

Clifford doesn’t err again, and lands a booming effort with his left, the game’s first score from play. 


Tyrone 0-01 Kerry 0-04

Clifford points a free for the Kingdom, which is swiftly followed by an O’Shea point from play as Tyrone make a hames of the kick-out. 


Tyrone 0-01 Kerry 0-05 

Long-distance point from play by Micheál Burns pushes Kerry further in front. 


Meath 0-00 Mayo 0-03 

Galway 0-02 Donegal 0-01 

James Carr lands a huge point for Mayo; Rob Finnerty edges Galway in front. 


Tyrone 0-02 Kerry 0-05 

Tyrone stay in touch with a Darren McCurry free. 


Meath 0-00 Mayo 0-04 

Mayo’s dominant start continues, as Paddy Durcan points from play. 


Niall Morgan makes a big save to deny Paul Geaney! A Tyrone counter breaks down and Clifford finds Geaney in space, but as he closes in on goal, his shot is blocked by Morgan’s legs! 


Drama too in Letterkenny – Donegal have a penalty and Galway goalkeeper Conor Gleeson has been black-carded! 


Meath 0-00 Mayo 0-05 

In the mean-time, Fergal Boland ticks the scoreboard further in Mayo’s favour.


Goal! Donegal 1-01 Galway 0-02 

Michael Murphy converts the penalty! 


Tyrone 0-02 Kerry 0-06 

Clifford points another free for Kerry. 


Tyrone 0-02 Kerry 0-07

Clifford lands another audacious point off his left foot. 


It’s fair to say the sin-binning of their goalkeeper has caused a bit of havoc within the Galway ranks. 


Donegal 1-01 Galway 0-03

Damien Comer scores for Galway. 


Meath 0-01 Mayo 0-05 

It’s taken 24 minutes but Meath are off the mark. They are, in fairness, playing into a fairly brutal gale. 


Tyrone 0-03 Kerry 0-07 

‘Keeper Niall Morgan points another free for Tyrone, and he’s their top scorer thus far. Like Meath in Navan, they are playing into a strong wind. Keeping in touch is the name of the game in the first half. 


Meath 0-01 Mayo 0-06 

Donegal 1-02 Galway 0-03 

Ryan O’Donoghue points for Mayo; Jamie Brennan for Donegal. 


Tyrone 0-03 Kerry 0-08

Tyrone are pinged for touching the ball on (a very sodden) ground, and O’Shea points the free.


Glorious, sweeping Kerry attack ends with O’Shea kicking an oddly tame effort into Morgan’s hands. 


Donegal 1-02 Galway 0-04

Rob Finnerty scores his second for Galway. 


Meath 0-01 Mayo 0-7 

Another score for Mayo: Fergal Boland’s second.


Tyrone 0-04 Kerry 0-08 

Another Niall Morgan free keeps Tyrone in touch.


Half-time: Tyrone 0-04 Kerry 0-08 

Tyrone have yet to score from play, but a quartet of frees have kept them in touch amid filthy conditions. They’ll have the wind at their backs in the second half, so won’t be too discouraged by that scoreline. 

At the other end, it’s been a David Clifford exhibition. 


Half-time:  Meath 0-01 Mayo 0-07 

A similar story in Navan, as Mayo had the benefit of a ludicrous first-half wind. It remains to be seen if they have built a large enough lead ahead of the second half. 


Half-time: Donegal 1-03 Galway 0-04

A Murphy point rounds out the first half in Letterkenny. 


Elsewhere at half-time: 

Division Two 

Westmeath 0-07 Fermanagh 0-01

Roscommon 0-06 Clare 0-01

Division Three 

Cork 0-8 Down 0-02

Longford 1-07 Leitrim 1-05

Division Four 

London 0-01 Antrim 0-09

Limerick 0-04 Carlow 0-04


We’re back underway! 


It’s pretty relevant to point out that all three Division One sides trailing at half-time will play with their wind at their backs in the second half. 


Tyrone 0-05 Kerry 0-08 

And as if to prove the point: Rory Brennan kicks Tyrone’s first point from play a minute into the second half. 


And Darren McCurry kicks a fairly sloppy side from the same spot as Brennan converted from. 


Tyrone 0-06 Kerry 0-08 

Conor Meyler curls a free over the bar off his left, and it’s a two-point game!


Big cheers around Edendork – Cathal McShane comes on for Tyrone! 

Big test coming for Kerry…


Tyrone 0-07 Kerry 0-08

McCurry kicks another from play! Tyrone have started this second half superbly, and now trail by one. 


Eeek, Strength of Wind Dept – Clifford drops a free-kick short, and into Morgan’s arms. 


Tyrone 0-08 Kerry 0-08 

Tiernan McCann raids forward, and kicks Tyrone level! 


Tyrone 0-08 Kerry 0-09

Kerry back in front through – who else – David Clifford. 


Donegal 1-05 Galway 0-04 

Points from Michael Murphy and Jamie Brennan have ensured a fast start for Donegal.


Goal! Donegal 2-05 Galway 0-04 

Ciaran Thompson goals for Donegal! A stunning start to the second half for them. 


Goal! Donegal 2-05 Galway 1-04 

And Galway reply immediately, through Johnny Heaney! 


Tyrone 0-09 Kerry 0-09

Kerry’s indiscipline in defence is become a real issue for them, and Jason Foley is the latest to concede a soft free. It’s converted by…Cathal McShane! 


Goal! Meath 1-01 Kerry 0-07 

We finally have a second-half score in Navan, and it’s a James McEntee goal for Meath! 


Tyrone 0-10 Kerry 0-09 

Tyrone lead for the first time today -  Niall Morgan converts another free! 


Donegal 2-05 Galway 1-05 

A Shane Walsh point narrows the gap to three points in Letterkenny. 


Tyrone 0-10 Kerry 0-10 

The main man converts a free to level for Kerry – David Clifford is their only second-half scorer thus far. 


Meath 1-02 Mayo 0-07 

Meath continue to eat into that Mayo lead, through Matthew Costello. 


Goal! Meath 2-02 Mayo 0-07 

And now they’ve wiped that lead out, with a Ronan Jones goal! 


Tyrone 0-11 Kerry 0-10 

Darren McCurry points a free and Tyrone are back in front. 


Goal! Donegal 2-05 Galway 2-06 

It’s another dramatic turnaround, this time in Galway’s favour! Sean Kelly scores a goal, and now Galway lead by a point! 


Red card! Peter Harte is sent off for Tyrone! 


Donegal 2-06 Galway 2-06 

And Michael Murphy hauls the sides level again. 


Back to Tyrone for a moment – Harte received a second yellow card for an incident in which Paul Murphy was also booked. Referee Fergal Kelly took a while and consulted with his linesman before making the call. 

Tyrone have been so dominant in the second half, but only lead by a point and have now been dealt this substantial blow. 


Tyrone 0-12 Kerry 0-10 

Tiernan McCan wins another free for Tyrone, and McCurry nails the free. 


Donegal 2-06 Galway 2-08

Michael Daly and Shane Walsh swing the game back Galway’s way. 


Red card! It’s all kicking off here. David Clifford is off for a second yellow having been dragged to the ground by Ben McDonnell. Clifford grappled with him a bit but it seems pretty harsh, and Clifford is furious. McDonnell is booked too. 

And in a separate incident, Ronan McNamee has been black-carded for Tyrone and Jack Barry for Kerry, which means it’s going to finish 13 on 13. 


Meath 2-03 Mayo 0-08 

A Kevin McLaughlin free finally handed Mayo a first score of the second half, but Meath have hit back pretty quickly and lead once again. 


Tyrone 0-12 Kerry 0-11 

And Kerry make it a one-point game as we head to seven minutes of added time! 


Meath 2-03 Mayo 0-09 

Mayo are level again, and again it is through Kevin McLoughlin!


Tyrone 0-13 Kerry 0-11 

Darren McCurry has been imperious today, and he’s kicked a sideline to re-establish Tyrone’s two-point lead! 


Goal! Meath 2-03 Mayo 1-09 

And it’s Kevin McLoughlin again! 1-2 for him in a few minutes and it’s a massive score for Mayo as the clock goes red!


Meath 2-04 Mayo 1-09

Bryan McMahon kicks a point in immediate return for Meath! 


Tyrone 0-13 Kerry 0-12

Kerry aren’t dead yet – Sean O’Shea kicks a free and it’s a one-point game.


Tyrone 0-14 Kerry 0-12 

McCury calls a mark and swings over the free! 


Tyrone 0-14 0-13 

Tommy Walsh calls a mark, and O’Shea points a free. It’s a tit-for-tat shootout that doesn’t suit Kerry…


Red card! 

Michael Daly is off for Galway, who lead Donegal by a point. 


FT: Meath 2-05 Mayo 1-09 

Mayo are, not for the first time, rescued by Kevin McLoughlin. His 1-2 in the second half ekes out a narrow Mayo win!


FT: Tyrone 0-14 Kerry 0-13 

Tyrone hang on for the win! It was ill-tempered but extremely tense, but the Tyrone defence swallowed up the last couple of Kerry attacks, and they hang on. 


We are still playing in Letterkenny, by the way, where Galway are a point up but a man down against Donegal. 

Donegal 2-08 Galway 2-08 

Ciaran Thompson levels the game! 

CORRECTION: Donegal 2-07 Galway 2-08 

Eek, we made an error – apologies! That Thompson free kick actually went wide, and at full-time, Galway hang on for a priceless win having trailed by seven points warly in the second half! 

Full-time scores

Division One 

Tyrone 0-14 Kerry 0-13

Meath 2-05 Mayo 1-09 

Donegal 2-07 Galway 2-08 

Division Two 

Roscommon 1-08 Clare 0-04

Westmeath 0-10 Fermanagh 0-08

Division Three 

Derry 0-10 Tipperary 0-05 

Cork 0-16 Down 1-08

Longford 2-14 Leitrim 1-09

Division Four 

Carlow 0-09 Limerick 1-07

London 0-10 Antrim 0-14 

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