Mulcahy shines as Rebelettes get off to flier
VALERIE Mulcahy was in red-hot scoring form for Cork as the Tesco Homegrown National League Division 1 champions got their 2015 campaign off to a winning start yesterday .
Mulcahy scored 1-7 as the Rebelettes came from behind to claim a 2-13 to 1-8 victory against Mayo in Swinford.
At half-time, Sarah Roe's goal had helped Mayo to establish a 1-6 to 1-3 lead, with Mulcahy netting for Cork.
But in the first 10 minutes of the second half, the visitors ran riot and were 2-8 to 1-6 clear within 10 minutes of the restart, with Grace Kearney on target for Cork's second goal.
Mayo rallied with points from Cora Staunton and Niamh Kelly to reduce the deficit, but the Westerners failed to score for the remainder of the game.
Meanwhile, last year's League and All-Ireland runners-up Dublin were 0-12 to 0-3 winners over Monaghan at DCU.
Dublin were 0-7 to 0-1 clear at half-time. Carla Rowe finished as Dublin's leading scorer with four points.
In Tuam, Connacht champions Galway whipped Laois by 26 points. Galway full-forward Tracey Leonard bagged 3-3, with Lucy Hannon, Gillian O'Connor and Aoife Newell scoring the other goals. Charlotte Delaney grabbed a consolation goal for the visitors, but Galway, promoted from Division 2 last year, got off to the perfect start with a 6-15 to 1-4 win.
And at Gardrum Park in Tyrone, Kerry eased to a 1-10 to 2-3 victory. Kerry, who were 0-9 to 0-0 ahead at half-time, held off a spirited second-half revival from Tyrone.
Debutant Eilish Kavanagh scored Kerry's goal as Tori McLaughlin and Lorraine Conwell responded with majors for the Red Hands.
In Division 2, Cathriona Smith scored a brace of goals, while Geraldine Sheridan and Sarah Murray also netted as Cavan walloped Clare by 4-25 to 0-5.
There were also victories for Kildare and Westmeath, while Leitrim, Sligo and Waterford claimed wins in Division 3.