Kerry defeat Monaghan in Inniskeen

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Updated: April 4, 2011

Kerry edged Monaghan closer to relegation from Division One of the Allianz National Football League following a 1-14 to 0-11 win in Inniskeen on Sunday.

With Cork losing out to Mayo, and the Kingdom adding their fourth success of the season, there is still an outside chance that Jack O’Connor’s side could make the league decider.After early defeats to both Cork and Dublin, Kerry looked like they were using this campaign to rebuild their side, but it has gelled together in recent weeks and they are starting to look more like the force of old.

Declan O’Sullivan and Kieran Donaghy led the way as the men in green and gold opened up a huge first half lead. O’Sullivan scored 1-2 in the opening 35 minutes as Kerry made wind advantage count and built up a 1-9 to 0-1 lead.

Kieran O’Leary got his side’s first point of the game and after that the visitors completely dominated the half. Monaghan’s sole score in the first half was a point from Eoin Duffy in the 32nd minute and they trailed by 11 points at half-time.

With the wind to their backs after the restart, Monaghan improved and outscored the Kingdon by 0-10 to 0-5. However, the damage had been done in the opening period and the Farney men will regret their decision to play against the wind. The defeat leaves them very close to losing their top flight status and they will need other counties to do them a favour next Sunday, if they are to survive.

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