All-Ireland Super 8s: Donegal draw thriller with Kerry as Mayo beat Meath
All-Ireland SFC Supers 8s
DONEGAL and Kerry played out a thrilling draw at Croke Park this afternoon to end a weekend of Super 8 action in the capital in a game that saw the sides level on 14 occasions.
Three points each from Seán O'Shea and Paul Geaney helped Kerry to a 0-10 to 0-9 interval lead, with Paddy McBrearty hitting three for the Ulster men. Paul Geaney grabbed a Kerry goal, but Michael Murphy netted a penalty to regain the lead for Donegal. In an absorbing final quarter, many heroes emerged, with Murphy finishing with 1-7 and Geaney with 1-4.
Earlier today, Mayo managed a late surge to see off the challenge of Meath and keep their summer alive, ending the Royal county’s in the process. James Horan's side couldn't shake off the determined Leinster men for almost an hour and trailed by a 0-12 to 0-11 with 16 minutes to go. But they outscored Meath from that point on by 2-06 to 0-2 to shake off the disappointment of their phase one defeat to Kerry and record a significant win.
On Saturday evening, Tyrone came from seven points behind to secure their place in the All-Ireland semi-finals with a three-point win over Cork. The Rebels ruled Croke Park in a first-half that saw them slice through the Red Hand defence to hit the net twice, but Mickey Harte’s men were a different proposition after the break, driving forward with authority to dig themselves out of a hole.
The Leesiders stunned Tyrone with first-half goals from Luke Connolly and substitute James Loughrey, and deservedly led by 2-4 to 0-5 at the break. Tyrone fought back with goals from Cathal McShane and Peter Harte from the spot, and three points each from Mattie Donnelly, McShane and Harte saw them through.
In Saturday’s other Group Two game, Dublin, as expected, crushed Roscommon with a ruthless display in front of the posts. Jim Gavin’s side made sure they avoided any nervous moments at Headquarters as they wasted no time in brushing aside Roscommon over the course of 25 mesmerising minutes of action in the lead up to half-time.
All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals Group One
Mayo 2-17 Meath 0-14; Donegal 1-20 Kerry 1-20
Dublin 2-26 Roscommon 0-14, Tyrone 2-15 Cork 2-12