Duggan sparkles as Galway ladies get off to bright start

ALL-IRELAND Ladies Football champions Galway started the year brightly with a six points win over Monaghan (2-14 to 0-14) on the opening weekend of the Suzuki National Football League.

After a close opening half in the Division 1A tie at Donaghmoyne, Galway, with Niamh Duggan in top form, were three points clear at the break (0-9 to 0-6). However, goals from Duggan and corner back Marie O’Connell ended the Monaghan resistance as the Connacht side won with ease.

The other game in the top flight ended with a convincing win for Cork against their Munster rivals Kerry (5-9 to 2-5).

The Kingdom started brightly with Sarah O’Connor landing 1-1 in three devastating first half minutes. However, Cork quickly took control with Amanda Murphy, Mairead Kelly and Valerie Mulcahy helping them into a two point lead (2-5 to 2-3) at the break. Allstar Mulcahy finished the day with 2-4, while captain Juliet Murphy and full-back Laura Power were also at their impressive best.

In Division 1B Waterford were much too strong for Roscommon when collecting the points with a 3-14 to 0-12 win at Timahoe.

Mary O’Rourke and Aoife Murphy were in awesome form for the victors hitting 1-6 and 2-4 respectively.

Cork’s B side couldn’t make it a weekend of double joy for the Rebel ladies as they went down by six points to Wexford in Division 2A (1-10 to 1-4), while Longford trounced Leitrim 4-13 to 1-6 in Division 2B action at Drumlish.

In Division 3A Down recorded a 3-8 to 1-2 win over Ulster rivals Monaghan B at Kilcoo yesterday. In 3B Dublin (B) crushed Offaly, 5-12 to 0-2 at Rhode, while Tipperary were far too strong for Meath B (4-12 to 2-05) in Ardfinan yesterday.

Waterford B pipped Kerry B by three points at Old Parish yesterday (2-10 to 3-4).

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