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Farney eye revenge after securing final date with Rebels

CORK and Monaghan will contest the Division 1 final on May 12 -- a game that will be a repeat of last year's All-Ireland senior final.

Cork defeated Meath by 3-10 to 0-10 in yesterday's semi-final at Crettyard, while Monaghan secured a 2-9 to 0-7 victory over Dublin in the other semi-final at Drogheda's Gaelic Grounds.

Cork are chasing a fifth successive Division 1 crown this year -- and a seventh in eight seasons. But they will have to get past a fired-up Monaghan in the final to claim the silverware again as Gregory McGonagle's charges will be out for revenge following last year's All-Ireland final.

Cork led by 2-4 to 0-6 at the midway point as Rhona Ni Bhuachalla struck with a sixth-minute goal before Ciara O'Sullivan added a second in the 11th minute.

And Cork added a third goal three minutes from time through substitute Valerie Mulcahy.

In Drogheda, meanwhile, Monaghan produced a fine display to book a place in the Division 1 decider for the first time since 2001. Catriona McConnell and Caoimhe Mohan scored 1-3 apiece for the Farney girls, while Niamh Kindlon added two points for the Ulster outfit.

Amy Ring and Sinead Goldrick scored two points each for Dublin, but this was an afternoon when the Sky Blues never got going.

Meanwhile, Connacht rivals Mayo and Galway will fight it out for promotion to Division 1 when they contest the Division 2 decider on May 12, a game that will form part of a triple-header at Parnell Park, Dublin.

Gillian Joyce scored a late goal to seal a 3-6 to 1-10 victory over Clare, while Cora Staunton scored 2-4 as Mayo defeated Kerry by 4-6 to 1-7.

At half-time, Clare led by 1-8 to 2-1, however Noelle Comyn's Banner County had played with a strong first-half breeze and were undone by a spirited Galway fightback.

In the second semi-final, Mayo led by 2-2 to 1-4 at half-time against Kerry. Staunton was the star turn for Mayo once again as Sarah Roe and Niamh Kelly chipped in with the other goals for the side managed by Fr Mike Murphy and Jimmy Corbett.

Louise Ni Mhuircheartaigh finished as Kerry's leading scorer with a haul of 1-2, while Mayo's other two points were supplied by Staunton's Carnacon clubmate Fiona McHale.

Leitrim and Westmeath will face off in the Division 3 final after the counties scored semi-final victories over Down and Armagh respectively. Aine Tighe bagged 0-5 for Leitrim in their 1-11 to 0-7 victory over Down as Ciara Keegan weighed in with 1-2.

At the Gaelic Grounds in Drogheda, Westmeath ran out 5-6 to 1-7 winners against Armagh, with Ciara Blundell scoring a brace of goals.

Irish Independent