Tuesday 22 August 2017

Staunton scores 1-8 but Mayo are beaten

Dublin's Olivia Leonard. Photo: Sportsfile
Dublin's Olivia Leonard. Photo: Sportsfile

Cora Staunton scored 1-8, but couldn't prevent defeat for Mayo against Connacht rivals Galway, on the opening day of the Lidl Ladies National Football League campaign.

Roisin Leonard scored 2-4 for Galway as they ran out 2-8 to 1-10 winners in Swinford, as Mayo's returning trio of Staunton, Martha Carter and Yvonne Byrne were all drafted into the starting line-up.

Elsewhere, defending League and All-Ireland champions Cork were big winners against Munster rivals Kerry in Mallow.

The Rebelettes won by 5-17 to 1-11 to kick-start their season in impressive fashion.

At the home of Naomh Mearnóg, hosts Dublin beat Monaghan by 1-7 to 0-5, in what was Mick Bohan's first competitive game in charge of the Sky Blues. A second-half goal from Olivia Leonard proved crucial for Dublin, who also had a three-point haul from Sarah McCaffrey, sister of former Footballer of the Year Jack.

Meanwhile, in Convoy, Donegal marked their return to the top flight by securing a 4-10 to 0-11 victory against Ulster rivals Armagh.

Paula McGrory netted two first-half goals before Amber Barrett and Roisin Friel raised green flags in the second-half.

In Division 2, Laois edged past neighbours Kildare by 2-11 to 2-9 and there were also wins for Westmeath and Tyrone on the opening day.

Clare and Waterford drew, but the Banner girls will be the happier with the result as Waterford had raced into an early six-point lead.

Leitrim, Tipperary, Roscommon and Meath opened their Division 3 campaigns with victories and in Division 4 there were wins for Longford, Fermanagh, Wicklow and Carlow.

Irish Independent

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