Tuesday 28 March 2017

Dublin secure semis place as Owens nets twice in rout of Rebelettes

Nicole Owens netted twice for Dublin, with Noelle Healy, Hannah Noonan and Kim Flood the other goalscorers.
Nicole Owens netted twice for Dublin, with Noelle Healy, Hannah Noonan and Kim Flood the other goalscorers.

Jackie Cahill

Last year's beaten finalists Dublin hammered Cork to make it through to the semi-finals of the Ladies National Football League yesterday.

Gregory McGonigle's charges defeated the holders by 5-14 to 2-7 at CIT, in what was a repeat of last year's league and All-Ireland deciders.

With Monaghan losing to Kerry in the final round of group fixtures, Dublin leapfrogged the Ulster outfit to keep their league hopes alive.

Dublin will now play Galway in the semi-finals, with Munster rivals Cork and Kerry renewing acquaintances in the other game.

Nicole Owens netted twice for Dublin, with Noelle Healy, Hannah Noonan and Kim Flood the other goalscorers.

Valerie Mulcahy and Doireann O'Sullivan scored consolation goals for Cork, who were 0-2 to 3-9 behind at half-time.

Elsewhere, Kerry's 0-16 to 1-11 victory over Monaghan ensured their place in the semi-finals.

Cathriona McConnell scored 1-5, but it wasn't enough as Monaghan found themselves squeezed out of the top four. Kerry led by 0-8 to 0-5 at half-time.

They pushed on to lead by 0-12 to 0-6 with 20 minutes left before Monaghan were handed a lifeline when Aisling Leonard pulled down Ciara McAnespie to concede a penalty.

REBOUND

McConnell netted the rebound after Edel Murphy saved her penalty. That left a point between the sides, 1-10 to 0-14, but late scores were crucial as Kerry held on.

Meanwhile, Tyrone ensured that they'll be playing top-flight football next season with an emphatic 5-15 to 1-10 victory against a Laois side that began with 14 players.

The Red Hands led by 3-9 to 0-3 at half-time, with the goals scored by Grainne Rafferty, Cathy Donnelly and Niamh O'Neill.

Tyrone added further goals from Joline Donnelly and Gemma Begley in the second half, with Charlotte Delaney raising a consolation green flag for Laois.

In the Connacht derby, Galway beat Mayo by 1-16 to 2-6. Cora Staunton scored all but one point of Mayo's total as Tracey Leonard collected 1-5 for Galway.

In Division 2, a play-off will be required to decide who tops the table after Donegal and Cavan finished level at the top.

Armagh secured third place as they whipped Down 10-24 to 0-0 and Westmeath finished in the top four despite losing to Donegal.

In Division 3, Waterford will face Roscommon and Leitrim are due to take on Sligo in the semi-finals.

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