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Saturday 20 January 2018

Donnelly brace eases relegation worries for rampant Tyrone

Jackie Cahill NATIONAL LEAGUE ROUND-UP

CATHY Donnelly bagged two second-half goals for Tyrone as they won the big relegation six-pointer on Sunday in Division 1.

Tyrone collected their first points of the season with a comprehensive 4-15 to 1-8 victory over Meath at Healy Park, Omagh.

Meath raced into an early 0-4 to 0-1 lead, but Joline Donnelly's goal restored parity for Tyrone.

Lycrecia Quinn netted a second goal and at half-time, Tyrone were seven points clear, 2-6 to 0-5.

Donnelly opened up a quickfire brace for rampant Tyrone as they moved 4-11 to 0-5 clear within 12 minutes of the restart.

Bridgetta Lynch pulled a goal back for Meath, but the pointless Royals are now cut adrift at the bottom of the table.

In Fermoy, Cork went goal crazy as the All-Ireland champions walloped Dublin by 6-13 to 2-8.

Lethal forward Valerie Mulcahy helped herself to 4-2 and Rhona Ní Bhuachalla scored 2-3 as the Leesiders blitzed hapless Dublin. Cork were 5-3 to 0-2 clear with just 19 minutes on the watch and they led by 5-6 to 0-5 at half-time. Lyndsey Davey and Natalia Hyland scored second half goals for Dublin.

Elsewhere, Laois claimed a third win from four matches as they chiseled out a hard-fought

4-9 to 2-10 victory over Mayo in Stradbally.

Ciara Burke and Martha Kirwan scored early goals as Laois opened up a 2-3 to 0-0 lead within eight minutes.

Laura Marie Maher added another Laois goal before the break as the hosts led by 3-4 to 1-6, with Deirdre Doherty on target for Mayo's goal.

Laois goalkeeper Ciamh Dollard saved Cora Staunton's penalty early in the second half, but Mayo did score a second goal from Aileen Gilroy, before Maher scored her second goal late on to make the game safe for Laois.

In the Ulster derby, League champions Monaghan ran out 2-17 to 1-5 winners against Donegal.

Yvonne Connell scored an early goal for Monaghan, who led by 1-9 to 0-1 at half-time.

Caoimhe Mohan scored Monaghan's second half goal, with Geraldine McLaughlin replying with a consolation strike for Donegal.

The big game in Division 2 ended in a draw as Kerry and Westmeath maintained their unbeaten records.

It finished Westmeath 1-13 Kerry 2-10 at Cusack Park in Mullingar. Cavan and Waterford also played out a creditable draw in Division 2 and Galway hammered Clare.

In Division 3, there were victories for Leitrim, Down and Armagh, while Roscommon and Antrim each recorded wins in Division 4.

Irish Independent

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