Friday 9 December 2016

Rowe's double ensures Mayo finish group campaign without a defeat

Published 11/04/2016 | 02:30

Sarah Rowe in action for Mayo Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
Sarah Rowe in action for Mayo Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

Two late goals from Sarah Rowe preserved Mayo's 100 per cent record in Division 1 of the Lidl Ladies NFL as the Westerners made it seven wins from seven outings this year.

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Mayo concluded their group campaign on top of the pile on a day when the Cork-Armagh tie was postponed due to adverse weather conditions.

The westerners enjoyed a 2-11 to 1-9 victory over Monaghan in Ballina, with Rowe's goals clinching the result.

The winners led by 0-9 to 0-3 at half-time, but Monaghan opened the second half in style as Therese Scott hammered home a long-range goal.

Monaghan drew level and they were two points clear before Rowe's first goal put Mayo 1-10 to 1-9 ahead. Rowe's second goal put some daylight between the sides and a late free from Cora Staunton made the game safe.

At Parnell Park, Galway beat Dublin to ensure that four teams are now locked together on 12 points, nine behind Mayo. And if Cork beat Armagh in their rearranged fixture, five teams will be separated by scoring difference only.

At half-time, Galway were 3-6 to 1-7 clear of Dublin, with Roisin Leonard hitting a remarkable 2-5 in the first half alone. Megan Glynn also netted for Galway as Dublin's Sinead Aherne scored 1-1, including a penalty. By full-time, Leonard had taken her match tally to 2-9 and Mairead Seoighe scored the fourth goal for the visitors as they ran out 4-12 to 1-14 winners.

Aherne finished with a personal haul of 1-8 for Dublin, whose scoring difference should ensure they make the semi-finals.

In yesterday's other Division 1 fixture, Kerry enjoyed a massive 7-22 to 0-8 victory against relegated Tyrone at Fitzgerald Stadium.

In Division 2, Donegal won the big Ulster derby against Cavan, as the home side ran out 2-7 to 1-2 winners at Tír Chonaill Park.

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