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League wrap: Kerry edge Dublin in epic encounter
Last Updated: 09/02/19 9:00pm
Kerry and Dublin played out a classic league clash in Tralee, with the Kingdom running out 1-18 to 2-14 winners.
Meanwhile, Mayo continued their perfect start to Division 1, and there were wins for Fermanagh and Down.
Kerry 1-18 Dublin 2-14, NFL Division 1
Kerry and Dublin played out an early contender for game of the year at Austin Stack Park, with the home side running out one-point winners.
There was a high tempo right from the off, as both sides pushed up on each other - a rarity in modern football.
Kerry landed the first blow, with a Stephen O'Brien goal, but Dublin countered immediately as Con O'Callaghan tore through the Kingdom defence to rattle the net, aided by a fortuitous deflection.
As Kerry got their noses in front 1-10 to 1-5, a stunning Paul Mannion solo goal pegged them back once again. Peter Keane's charges went in 1-11 to 2-6 ahead at the break.
The second half picked up right from where the first left off. Quick, direct football kept the packed Tralee ground enthralled, and it was those clad in green and gold who came away the happier.
Michael Fitzsimons' second yellow card meant Dublin were reduced to 14 men, and it looked as if Kerry would push on and win. However, the reigning All-Ireland champions showed why they are exactly that, as Cormac Costello kicked an injury-time equaliser. But there was to be another twist, as Peter Crowley popped up to fist it over the bar and secure victory.
Mayo 1-13 Cavan 0-11, NFL Division 1
An Evan Regan goal proved crucial as Mayo made it three wins from three in Division 1 under James Horan. The Breffni County took the game to their hosts, bursting into a 0-4 0-1 lead. However, the Connacht outfit hung in there, and two points from Andy Moran and one from newcomer Fionn McDonagh saw the men in green and red lead at half-time, 1-10 to 0-7.
Mayo pushed on in the second half to secure victory. Cavan now face an uphill battle to maintain their Division 1 status, as they have lost their first three games.
Fermanagh 0-08 Kildare 0-06, NFL Division 2
Fermanagh succeeded in keeping things tight for the third game in a row, as they continued their unbeaten start to Division 2. Last year's Ulster finalists contained Cian O'Neill's Kildare charges, as the Lilywhites failed to find the target with any consistency.
Following back-to-back draws, Rory Gallagher's charges won for the first time in Division 2.
Down 0-10 Westmeath 0-09, NFL Division 3
With both teams looking for crucial points in what is a wide-open promotion race in Division 3, this was always going to go down to the wire. Down edged the tight game at home to Westmeath, despite the Leinster side leading for much of the tie.