Tuesday 22 August 2017

Cork hit top but Galway, Dublin turn up the heat

Stock photo: Sportsfile
Stock photo: Sportsfile

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The battle for the top four places in Division 1 of the Lidl Ladies National Football League intensified yesterday as Dublin and Galway drew level with Cork on nine points at the head of affairs.

A superior scoring difference leaves Cork - winners on their travels to Mayo (3-09 to 1-8) on Saturday - on top of the pile, but Dublin and Galway turned up the heat with wins yesterday.

Dublin were comfortable 2-17 to 3-7 victors against Donegal at Parnell Park, where both of the home side's goals came in the second-half.

Lethal Donegal forward Geraldine McLaughlin scored 2-1 in the first-half, but Dublin, with four frees from captain Sinead Aherne, left it level at 0-8 to 2-2 at the midway point.

Carla Rowe's 39th-minute goal eased Dublin into a 1-11 to 2-3 advantage and Mick Bohan's charges never looked back from there.

Lyndsey Davey netted with nine minutes left for the Sky Blues and while Niamh Hegarty bagged Donegal's third goal, Dublin ran out winners with seven points to spare.

Galway, despite losing Dora Gorman to a red card in the first-half, clinched a dramatic 2-11 to 1-12 victory against Armagh at Tuam Stadium.

Mairead Seoighe came off the bench to score two goals in the last four minutes - her second was the final kick of the game.

Meanwhile, Kerry collected their second victory of the campaign, running out 3-11 to 2-9 winners against Ulster champions Monaghan.

On the day her brother Jack scored 1-3 for the Monaghan footballers against Kerry, Ellen McCarron bagged 2-5 against the Kingdom, but it wasn't enough to prevent defeat.

Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh collected eight points for Kerry and Laura Rogers, Sarah Houlihan and Amanda Brosnan all found the net as they boosted their hopes of a top-four finish.

In Division 2, Laois were 2-14 to 0-11 winners against Sligo and Tyrone, who beat Cavan 4-9 to 2-14, leapfrogged Waterford to take the top two spots in the pool.

In Division 3, Wexford were winners on their visit to Leitrim and in Division 4 there were victories for Fermanagh, Wicklow, Louth and Longford.

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