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Win for defending champions Cork as Dublin face relegation


By Colm O’Connor
DEFENDING champions Cork continued their winning ways in the Suzuki Ladies National Football League yesterday with a 2-13 to 1-10 victory over Meath - but it was yet another miserable afternoon for Dublin.

The managerless Dubs endured a long journey home from Kilorglin last night after a 1-14 to 1-8 defeat to Kerry in Division 1A - their third successive league defeat of the season.

Dublin are now facing the possibility of relegation from the top flight after defeats to Waterford, Tyrone and Kerry leave them propping up the division.

Elsewhere in Division 1A yesterday, Waterford beat Armagh 1-11 to 1-8 in Ballyboden while Mayo beat Tyrone 3-7 to 1-9 in McHale Park.

League and championship holders Cork seem to be continuing where they left off from last year.

They emerged from Mountmellick with a six-point win yesterday against a Meath outfit who had been impressing in recent games in Division 1B.

Elsewhere in the division, Sarah Cosgrove inspired Galway to a hard-earned victory over Monaghan in Cremartin, 0-13 to 1-7.

Cosgrove scored four points in the last quarter of the game to push Galway to victory. Monaghan entered the game on the back of last week’s annihilation at the hands of Meath, and the signs were ominous from early on yesterday as they went four points behind in the opening stages of the game.

However, the Farney girls rallied and were level at five points apiece at half-time - Niamh Kindlon hitting three of those for Monaghan.

Galway were two points ahead midway through the second half Monaghan hit 1-1 - the goal coming from Grainne McNally. However, Galway grabbed the initiative, finishing the game strongly to record the victory.

It was a bad day for Roscommon as they lost a relegation six-pointer to Donegal in Ballinlough, 3-5 to 1-6. Niamh Hegarty, Sheila Campbell and Karen Gutterly got the Donegal goals.

Meanwhile, in Division 2A Laois beat Kildare 4-10 to 1-10 while in Division 2B Longford went on a goal blitz to beat Cavan 6-6 to 2-12 and Down saw off Wexford 4-7 to 2-8.

In Division 3A Leitrim beat Fermanagh 1-9 to 1-4 while Clare demolished Offaly 4-18 to 0-2. Wicklow beat Westmeath 2-9 to 1-9 in Division 3B while Antrim drew with Derry 2-5 to 0-11.