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Hanahoe strike proves vital for Mayo

MAYO took advantage of the postponed Monaghan v Cork tie to move into third place in Division 1 of the National Football League yesterday.

The Westerners secured a 1-12 to 0-12 win against last year's beaten All-Ireland finalists Dublin, with Ciara Hanahoe netting.

Hanahoe's crucial goal helped Mayo to lead by 1-5 to 0-6 at half-time and the winners survived two sin-binnings in the second half.

Midfielders Fiona McLoughlin and Claire Egan were both yellow-carded but Mayo dug in to claim a second win from three outings.

In Division 2, Tipperary moved into second place behind Armagh as the Premier County won a fiercely-contested encounter against Clare in Meelick.

Tipp and Clare will meet again in the senior championship later this year and the visitors struck an early psychological blow by securing a 1-11 to 1-8 win.

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