Football League: Tyrone beat Kildare to reach semis

Kildare's Hugh Lynch with Mark Donnelly and Ronan McNamee of Tyrone

Tyrone booked their place in the Football League semi-finals with a comfortable 1-13 0-10 win at Newbridge.

And in doing so they made it four away wins from four, with Mark Donnelly's first half goal laying the foundations.

Goalkeeper Niall Morgan landed three frees for Mickey Harte's men whose final Division One fixture is at home to Kerry who are fighting for survival.

Stephen O'Neill converted an early free, and Tyrone went four clear with the eighth-minute goal from Donnelly.

He turned over possession at the expense of a hesitant Emmet Bolton, and finished to the net at the second attempt after his initial shot had been saved by Mark Donnellan.

Former Cavan attacker Seanie Johnston got the Lilywhites off the mark with a 10th-minute free, and Alan Smith added another.

But it was Tyrone, with the wind in their backs, who continued to boss the contest.

Keeper Morgan drove two long range frees between the posts, and O'Neill landed a couple of exquisite points from play, with Conor McAliskey and Ryan McKenna also hitting the target.

Ronan Sweeney pulled back a Kildare point, but it was the Red Hands who took a commanding 1-8 to 0-3 lead into the break.

Wasteful Kildare shot a rash of wides and landed a number of efforts into the arms of the goalkeeper as their efforts to drag themselves back into the game misfired in the early stages of the second half.

The Red Hands extended their advantage through Peter Harte and Paddy McNeice, while goalkeeper Morgan drilled over his third free.

The home side did manage to string together a sequence of positive moves which yielded scores, with substitute Paul Cribbin helping himself to three, but shooting wide when presented with a golden goal chance.

They outscored Tyrone by six points to one in the final 10 minutes, with Eoghan O'Flaherty and Sean Hurley also getting their names on the scoresheet.

But the Red Hands never looked like losing this one, and duly made it five victories from six outings.

Kildare scorers: P Cribbin 0-3, S Johnston 0-2 (2f), E Callagahn, E O'Flaherty, R Sweeney, A Smith, S Hurley 0-1 each.

Tyrone scorers: Mark Donnelly 1-0, S O'Neill (1f), N Morgan (3f) 0-3 each, P McNeice, P Harte (1f) 0-2 each, C McAliskey (f), R McKenna, A Cassidy 0-1 each

WEEKEND RESULTS

SATURDAY

Division One Football League

Dublin 1-15 0-09 Down

Division 2A Hurling League

Kildare 1-16 2-16 Kerry

Division 3A Hurling League

Fingal 1-16 2-10 Fermanagh

SUNDAY

Football League

Division One

Kerry 0-11 0-07 Cork

Mayo 1-10 0-09 Donegal

Kildare 0-10 1-13 Tyrone

Division Two

Galway 1-16 0-11 Wexford

Louth 1-12 2-14 Derry

Westmeath 0-17 0-16 Armagh

Longford 0-06 0-09 Laois

Division Three

Fermanagh 0-15 0-09 Sligo

Wicklow 0-11 0-14 Cavan

Roscommon 0-08 0-07 Monaghan

Division Four

Waterford 1-11 2-15 Offaly

London 1-08 1-09 Limerick

Tipperary 2-15 0-14 Leitrim

Carlow 0-06 1-07 Clare

HURLING LEAGUE

DIVISION 1A

Clare 1-15 3-10 Kilkenny

Galway 2-12 2-12 Cork

Waterford 1-06 0-11 Tipperary

Division 1B

Carlow 0-13 3-14 Antrim

Wexford 0-15 3-19 Dublin

Offaly 3-08 0-18 Limerick

Division 2A

Wicklow 2-08 0-21 Westmeath

Derry 0-08 2-20 Laois

Division 2B

Mayo 1-11 3-13 London

Roscommon 0-09 1-20 Meath

Armagh 0-14 4-11 Down

Division 3A

Monaghan 0-15 2-14 Tyrone

Donegal 3-13 0-10 Louth

Division 3B

Longford v Warwickshire

Sligo 1-15 0-06 Leitrim

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