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Carla 'Rowe's in to ensure Jackies win

LGFA, Lidl NFL Division 1: Dublin 0-12 Mayo 0-7

Clann Mhuire's All-Star Carla Rowe led the scoring for Dublin as Mick Bohan's side picked up their first success of the league campaign with a five-point win over Mayo at McHale Park on Saturday.

In what was a dress rehersal for the men's game which also saw the Metropolitans claim their first victory under Dessie Farrell, this contest was never much in doubt once Dublin took control early in the second half.

Central to their win was Rowe (pictured right), who kicked eight points, four in each half, as Dublin set themselves up nicely for next Saturday's big clash with Cork at Croke Park (throw-in 5pm).

For the Mayo game, Bohan made two changes to the side held by Tipperary in their opening-round clash, with Kate Sullivan from St Sylvester's making her first start in 12 months, while Eabha Rutledge made a welcome return at corner back.

And with Fingallians club player Muireann Ni Scanaill anchoring the full back line well, Dublin held Mayo to a handful scores, two of which came from their captain Sinead Cafferky, with a brace of opening points from Rowe laying the foundations for a 0-6 to 0-3 lead at the break.

And while a Natasha Gaughan score for Mayo after the resumption would narrow the gap to two, Dublin's dominance in midfield - where Lauren Magee and Jennifer Dunne were in control - saw the visitors take control with a Sullivan point off her right foot following a fine run from midfield one of Dublin's best points.

And while Mayo rallied with two late frees, there was no denying Dublin in the end.

Speaking afterwards, Bohan was certainly a lot more positive after their slip-up against Tipperary.

'I'm delighted with the win. With just two teams going straight through to the final we were aware of the need to get the full points after our draw against Tipperary.'

And in the absence of some established stars, Bohan, believed Saturday's game was certainly a big opportunity for those aiming to break into the starting fifteen and championship panel.

'It's a great opportunity for girls to break in at the moment. I thought Kate Sullivan did particularly well tonight and defensively we were sound.'

DUBLIN: Ciara Trant; Martha Byrne, Muireann Ní Scanaill, Éabha Rutledge; Leah Caffrey, Niamh Collins, Lucy Collins; Lauren Magee, Jennifer Dunne 0-1; Rebecca McDonnell 0-1, Carla Rowe 0-8(0-6f), Kate Sullivan 0-1; Siohan Woods, Niamh Sweeney, Oonagh Whyte. Subs: Caoimhe O'Connor for Whyte (25), Lauren McGinley for Collins (28), Hannah O'Neill 0-1 for Sweeney (35), Niamh Hetherton for McDonnell (43), Orlagh Nolan for Woods (52), Ciara McGuigan for Rutledge (55), Laura Kane for Rowe (56).

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