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Kerry hit late winner as Donegal lose league opener

28 January 2018; David Clifford of Kerry in action against Caolan Ward of Donegal during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 1 match between Kerry and Donegal at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney, Co. Kerry. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Kerry 2-18 Donegal 3-14

Donegal put in a huge effort against Kerry in Fitzgerald Stadium today, but lost out to Daithi Casey’s late winner.

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Kerry were the better team in the first half despite playing against the breeze, and Stephen O’Brien’s goal put them 1-5 to 0-4 ahead after 18 minutes.

It got worse for Donegal moments later when Nathan Mullins was shown a straight red card after an off-the-ball incident with Brendan O’Sullivan.

Patrick McBrearty kicked six points for Donegal in the first half, but his team still trailed by three at the break.

HT: Kerry 1-8 Donegal 0-8

Donegal made a great start to the second half when Tony McClenaghan fired to the net in the 37th minute.

Paul Geaney drove a penalty over the bar for Kerry, before Odhrán MacNiallais palmed the ball to the net for Donegal.

Geaney also raised a green flag in the 63rd minute, and Kerry looked to have won the game when they led by two points going into injury-time.

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There was still time for more drama with Darach O’Connor fisting to the net with his first touch.

However, Declan Bonner’s team couldn’t hold out, and Sean Ó Se tied up matters. Tony McClenaghan and Gavin Crowley were sent off, before Daiti Casey kicked the winner in the 76th minute.


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