Tyrone and Derry earn league wins

Published Sunday, 09 February 2014
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Tyrone and Derry both picked up their first wins in Division 1 of the National Football League campaign on Sunday, with Mickey Harte's side beating Mayo at Healy Park and the Oak Leafers overcoming Kerry at Tullamore.

Tyrone and Derry earn league wins
Mark Donnelly of Tyrone and Brian Gallagher of Mayo in action. (© Presseye)

Darren McCurry was the star for the Red Hands in Omagh, netting goals in each half to help his side to a six point victory.

Mayo started brightly, but soon wilted in the face of a Tyrone onslaught which saw them lead by 1-9 to 0-6 at half time, helped by McCurry's fine finish to the net after good work by Peter Harte.

The Edendork clubman added a second after the break to seal a 2-15 to 0-15 victory for the hosts.

It was a tighter affair in Kerry, as Derry earned a famous victory over the Kingdom.

Brian McIver's side found themselves three down early in the contest, but rallied well with James Keilt pointing twice as the visitors led by a single score at the break.

Kerry levelled the contest at 0-9 apiece shortly after the restart, but Derry fought back to take victory by 0-16 to 0-14.

In Sunday's Division 2 action Donegal breezed past Galway in Pearse Stadium with Jim McGuinness' side securing victory by 1-16 to 0-12, while Monaghan also had a relatively straightforward afternoon as they thrashed Meath by 0-20 to 0-8.

In Friday night's Division 2 Ulster derby Down secured bragging rights over neighbours Armagh, with Mark Poland's last-gasp goal sealing a 2-7 to 2-5 win.

In Division 3, Cavan comfortably saw off Offaly by 1-11 to 0-8, with Eugene Keating getting the only goal of the game.

In Saturday night's Division 3 action Fermanagh got their first win of the campaign with a star showing from Sean Quigley helping the Ernemen to victory by 2-13 to 1-10.

The Rosslea clubman scored 1-8 as Pete McGrath's side turned round a one point half time deficit.

It emerged after the game that McGrath had dropped Niall Cassidy and Quigley's brother Seamus ahead of the game as the duo had been playing soccer earlier in the afternoon.

The Fermanagh boss was critical of the duo, but it's understood they are likely to be reinstated for the next league encounter away to Longford.

The only Ulster team to end up on the losing side on Sunday was Liam Bradley's Antrim, who fell to a shock one point defeat at home to Wicklow.

Leighton Glynn scored with a penalty as the Saffrons found themselves six points down in the early stages, but the hosts fought back and a goal from Tomas McCann put them in front for the first time in the contest.

However , CJ McGourty missed a penalty and further goals from Glynn and James Stafford proved enough to secure the win for the Garden county.

© UTV News
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bucko kelly in ballinderry co derry wrote (350 days ago):
well done derry , keep up the good work!!@
Dan in Tyrone wrote (351 days ago):
Derry defeated Kerry in Tullamore?? That's 'Offally' far away from Killarney...
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