Dubs end Laois run
By Jackie Cahill
Tom McKittrick’s Laois fell to their first defeat of the season as Dublin scored a narrow victory in Sunday’s Ladies NFL Division 1 tie in Stradbally.
Two late pointed frees from Sinead Aherne gave Dublin a 2-6 to 1-7 victory against the O’Moore County.
McKittrick, a former Dublin U21 player, had masterminded two victories from the first two rounds of fixtures but Dublin bounced back from the previous weekend’s shock defeat against Donegal to claim a second win of the season. At half-time, the sides were level at 0-6 to 1-3, with Lyndsey Davey bagging a 28th minute goal for the Dubs.
Ciara Burke netted for Laois nine minutes after half-time but Dublin hit back with a 44th minute goal from Hannah Tyrrell.
Meanwhile in Killeagh, All-Ireland champions Cork beat Tyrone 3-16 to 0-14.
Emma Farmer’s early goal set Cork on their way and at half-time, the Rebels led by 2-10 to 0-4, with Orla Finn scoring a second goal in the 24th minute.
Top scorer Valerie Mulcahy, who bagged 1-6 in total, scored a third goal for the Leesiders in the 40th minute, from a penalty.
In Claremorris, eight-time All Star Cora Staunton scored 1-9 for hosts Mayo as they beat Donegal by 2-15 to 1-9.
Aileen Gilroy added 1-1 for the Westerners, including a brilliant second half goal, but it was Donegal who started the better when Geraldine McLaughlin netted an early penalty.
Donegal lost goalkeeper and captain Roisin McCafferty to an early injury, however, and by half-time, Mayo had established a 1-8 to 1-2 lead.
League champions Monaghan scored a 3-8 to 2-8 victory over Meath. Caoimhe Mohan, Catriona McConnell and Laura Boylan netted for the Farney girls, with Vivienne McCormack and Aine Bennett (penalty) on target with Meath goals.
In Division 2, Westmeath already look good for the semi-finals as they collected a third victory from three outings. The Lake County won by 3-10 to 2-7 at Fraher Field in Dungarvan.
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