Staunton on fire as leaders Mayo burn off the Orchard
Published 29/02/2016 | 02:30
Cora Staunton went on the rampage as Mayo beat Armagh to claim top spot outright in Division 1 of the Lidl Ladies NFL.
Staunton scored 2-10 in Swinford as Mayo claimed a 4-17 to 1-13 victory, ending Armagh's unbeaten record.
With Staunton on top form, Mayo led by 3-9 to 0-7 at half-time.
The sides were level at 0-1 apiece before Staunton struck for Mayo's opening goal. With 13 minutes played, Staunton netted again to hand Mayo a 2-4 to 0-1 lead and Sarah Rowe added a third goal to effectively put the tie to bed.
Armagh opened the second half with a goal from Caroline O'Hanlon but Mayo added another before the finish, with Aileen Gilroy on target.
Mayo preserved their 100pc record and already a place in the top four looks all but secured.
Dublin maintained their good start to the season by collecting a third victory from four outings. The Sky Blues gained some revenge for last year's All-Ireland final defeat by Cork in scoring a 3-10 to 1-13 victory over the Rebelettes at Parnell Park.
Monaghan collected their first victory of the campaign as Ulster rivals Tyrone were sent packing on a 1-15 to 0-4 scoreline in Drumhowan.
Therese McNally's first-half goal helped Monaghan to lead by 1-9 to 0-3 at the break, on a day when Ellen McCarron and Cora Courtney scored five points each for the Farney women.
Tyrone managed just a single point from play, scored by Maria Canavan, and remain anchored to the bottom of the table, without a point from four outings.
Also in Division 1, Kerry defeated Galway by 2-15 to 2-8 in Finuge. Roisin Leonard netted a 20th-minute penalty for Galway but Kerry had the lead at half-time as Bernie Breen netted.