In brief: Healy goal key as Rebelettes sunk
DEFENDING champions Cork lost out to Dublin in the Bord Gais Energy Ladies National Football League for a third successive season as the Sky Blues won by three points in Fermoy yesterday.
The Jackies gained some measure of revenge for last year's All-Ireland final defeat against Cork as they secured a 1-12 to 3-3 win.
Dublin, who won in the league against Cork in Portmarnock last year and Mallow in 2008, had Noelle Healy to thank for an opportunistic first-half goal which ultimately proved the difference between the two sides.
The sides were level at half-time, 1-6 to 2-3, as corner-forward Valerie Mulcahy bagged two first-half goals for Cork. But in the second half, Cork managed just a goal from Deirdre O'Reilly as Dublin, led by Healy and Sinead Aherne in attack, kicked on for a noteworthy win.
In Division 2, Kildare overwhelmed Meath in Celbridge as the Lilywhites won 2-17 to 2-7. Kildare lead by 1-10 to 1-1 at half-time and with all six starting forwards on target they surged to a first league win over the Royals.
In Division 3, Cavan defeated Ulster rivals Fermanagh for the second successive league season with a 2-9 to 2-2 victory at Brewster Park in Enniskillen. Cavan's Aisling Doonan and Clara Reilly terrorised the Fermanagh defence when scoring 1-3 and 1-1 respectively in a fine victory.
In Division 4, Limerick emerged from Stabannon with a 2-2 to 1-2 victory against hosts Louth when Sheila Moynihan scored the crucial second goal for the Shannonsiders five minutes from time.
A GOAL midway through the second half from John Rowney ensured Laois set up a meeting with Kilkenny in the semi-final of the Walsh Shield.
The O'Moore County impressed in the final 15 minutes to put away the stubborn challenge from DIT with Willie Hyland sending over four late scores to set up a meeting with Brian Cody's outfit.
Scorers -- Laois: J Rowney 1-5, J Purcell, W Hyland 0-4 each, J Brophy (1f), B Campion (2f) 0-3 each, B Dunne 0-2, J Dunne, JJ McHugh, D Peacock 0-1 each. DIT: D O'Dwyer 2-2, D Tracey 0-4, S Bourke 0-3, J Clarke, T Maloney, N Kelly, R Butler 0-1 each.
Jonathan O'Neill top-scored for Wicklow as they booked their place in the final with a 13-point win over Longford at Arklow yesterday.
O'Neill contributed a magnificent 1-9 to Wicklow's total, including a fine sideline cut in the second half.
A Jonathan O'Neill goal helped Wicklow to a 2-10 to 0-7 half-time lead and they always had that cutting edge to respond every time Longford tried to rally in the second half.
Wicklow will now meet either Armagh or Fingal in the final.
Scorers -- Wicklow: J O'Neill 1-9, C Kavanagh 1-4, G Bermingham 1-1, J Connors, T Doyle, TJ Hennessy 0-2 each, MA O'Neill, R Nolan 0-1 each. Longford: J O'Brien 1-4, E Donnellan, M Murphy 1-0 each, G Ghee 0-2, J Newman, B Stakem, J Minnock 0-1 each.