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Sunday 22 October 2017

O'Flynn strikes late for Cork to break Kerry hearts

Cork's Annie Walsh holds off a challenge from Kate O'Sullivan of Kerry during their Ladies National Football League clash at Cloughduv. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Cork's Annie Walsh holds off a challenge from Kate O'Sullivan of Kerry during their Ladies National Football League clash at Cloughduv. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Geraldine O'Flynn hit a late point for Cork as the holders made it two wins from two with victory over Kerry in Division 1 of the Tesco Homegrown Ladies NFL.

O'Flynn's score finally settled an enthralling game as the lead changed hands on a number of occasions down the home straight in Cloughduv.

The All-Ireland champions claimed a narrow 1-13 to 1-12 over their Munster rivals to preserve their 100pc start to the 2015 campaign.

But they were made to sweat by the Kingdom, who recovered from five points down at half-time, 0-6 to 1-8, to make a real game of it.

Cork stormed into a 1-7 to 0-3 lead with 22 minutes on the watch, as Rhona Ni Bhuachalla pounced for a goal and Grace Kearney added three points.

But Kerry came back strong after the break as Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh's goal brought them to within a point and Cork endured a 31 minute spell without scoring.

Sub Megan O'Connell tied the game up at 1-9 apiece and the scene was set for a breathless finish before former Player of the Year O'Flynn, who scored three of Cork's last four points, had the final say.

Elsewhere, Sarah McCaffrey's injury-time point for Dublin snatched a draw with Galway at Tuam Stadium. Referee Gus Chapman decided to proceed with the fixture ten minutes later than the scheduled throw-in time due to fog.

At half-time, Galway trailed by 1-6 to 2-2, despite a brace of Edel Concannon goals. Niamh McEvoy's first-half haul of 1-2 gave the Sky Blues the edge but they had McCaffrey to thank late on for a share of the spoils, 1-12 to 2-9.

Elsewhere, Mayo star Cora Staunton hit 1-10 as the Westerners ran riot in the second half to record a 1-14 to 0-5 victory over Laois. At half-time, the sides were level at 0-5 apiece in Mountmellick but Mayo, inspired by Staunton's penalty goal, upped the ante as Laois failed to score after the break.

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