Donnelly brace eases relegation worries for rampant Tyrone
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.