Published Sunday, 09 March 2014
A dejected Tyrone following Sunday's thrashing by Kerry. (© Presseye)
The Red Hands, who went into the game buoyed by a remarkable comeback win over Kildare in their previous outing, were quickly under the cosh as the hosts sought to stamp their authority on the game, with Tyrone goalkeeper Niall Morgan making two outstanding saves in the opening moments.
The visitors weathered the early storm and held their own in the first half, with the sides going in at 0-8 apiece at the break.
However the second half was a different affair, with Kerry forward James O'Donoghue netting a hat-trick of goals and Kerry limiting their opponents to a solitary score.
In the end the Kingdom were deserving winners as they picked up their first victory of the league campaign with a 15-point winning margin.
In the game at Pairc Ui Rinn Derry will count themselves unlucky not to have taken at least a draw from their game against Cork as they fell to an agonising one-point defeat in an enthralling encounter.
The Rebel County raced into an early lead when John O'Rourke's goal was followed by five unanswered points to put the hosts firmly in the ascendency.
Derry stemmed the flow with a Mark Craig score, and Sean Leo McGoldrick and Mark Lynch added further points before Tom Clancy fired a superb shot into the net to restore Corks's eight point advantage.
Brian McIver's charges looked to be facing an uphill task, but found themselves right back in the game thanks to quickfire goals from Enda Lynn and Emmett McGuckin before the break.
Derry still trailed by five at half time, but Lynn's second goal and further scores from Lynch, Fergal Doherty and Benny Herron left just a point in it heading into the closing stages.
Both sides traded scores before Lynch had the chance to level right at the death, but his effort was wide of the mark as Cork held on for a 2-18 to 3-14 victory.
Elsewhere on Sunday Down suffered their first defeat of the league campaign as they were beaten by struggling Galway.
The Mournemen trailed for much of the contest but managed to stay in touch until Danny Cummins' goal ended their resistance and helped the Tribesmen to victory by 1-12 to 0-8.
It was better news for Monaghan as they made light work of Division 2 whipping boys Louth, with first half goals from Gavin Dougan and Derek Malone helping them to a convincing 2-14 to 0-12 win.
Donegal meanwhile remain unbeaten in the division after drawing with Meath.
The hosts had led by a point in the closing stages, only for Donegal captain Michael Murphy to find the mark with a late free to tie the game at 1-12 apiece and ensure Jim McGuinness' side remain top of the table
In division 3 Fermanagh suffered a 3-17 to 4-10 defeat at home to Roscommon and Cavan overcame Sligo by 1-12 to 0-10, while in Division 4 Antrim were beaten by 3-15 to 2-17 by Carlow.
In Sunday's National Hurling League action there were wins for Down in Division 2B, Monaghan in Division 3A and Tyrone in Division 3B, while the other Ulster Counties all lost.
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