Tuesday 20 March 2018

Leonard gets Tribe off mark


GALWAY registered their first win of the league campaign – 1-14 to 1-11 – but only after they survived a tough battle with neighbours Mayo in Ballindine yesterday.

With Galway having drawn two of their previous three games and Mayo rooted at the bottom and desperate for a first win, this was always going to be a closely fought encounter.

And it was the Tribeswomen who raced into a commanding lead – 1-10 to 0-6 – at half-time, thanks to the accuracy of Tracey Leonard from frees with good support from Sarah Murphy.

Mayo were much improved in the second half with Martha Carter dominant at midfield and Cora Staunton, who finished the day with 1-8, in fine form as Galway paid a high price for failing to sustain their first-half pressure. But just when it looked as if Galway were about to be rattled Leonard, who scored 0-10 in all, picked off some important frees to lift the siege and seal victory for last year’s beaten Division 1 finalists.

Meanwhile, there was a big shock in Division 2 where All- Ireland champions and promotion pacesetters Dublin were beaten 2-7 to 1-8 by Cavan in Maghera, with the Breffni goals coming from Aisling Traynor and Aisling Doonan. In Division 3 Clare remain unbeaten as they proved too strong against Limerick, winning 2-17 to 2-8.

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