Royals rocked by Laois

LAOIS pulled off a shock 4-19 to 2-10 victory over Meath in Ratoath yesterday to throw the TG4 Leinster Ladies SFC wide open.

The Royals had been installed as hot favourites to win Leinster this year but yesterday’s result from the round robin clash has ensured that they will not have it their own way after all.

Before yesterday’s game, it was looking like Meath and Dublin would advance to a Leinster final but Laois have now set themselves up for a more favourable semi-final draw.

Mary Kirwan was the star of the show for Laois yesterday, scoring a personal tally of 2-8 during the game. Laois led 2-13 to 0-4 at half-time with the goals coming from Mary and Martha Kirwan.

The Royals did do battle in the second-half with goals from Shauna Bennett and Caitriona O’Shaughnessy but it was to little avail.

Reigning All-Ireland champions Cork advanced to the TG4 Munster Ladies SFC final on Saturday evening with a 1-12 to 0-7 win over Kerry in Donoughmore.

The Rebels remained on course to successfully reclaim their title thanks largely to Mary O’Connor, who scored six points against the Kingdom.

The sides were level on four points apiece at half-time but a Nollaig Cleary goal in the second half helped the Rebels pull away. Kerry will now meet Waterford to see who joins Cork in the decider.

In the Ulster Championship Armagh defeated Donegal 2-17 to 0-10 in their second leg quarter final clash to advance to an Ulster semi-final against Tyrone. A Dervla Toal goal gave them a 1-9 to 0-6 half-time lead in Irvinestown yesterday.

In the Ulster junior championship, Fermanagh advanced to the semi-finals with a 1-18 to 1-11 victory over Derry.

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