Friday 27 April 2018

Mulcahy key as rampant Rebelettes reach final

Defending champions Cork will meet Laois in the Bord Gais Energy Ladies National Football League Division 1 final on Saturday, May 7.

Rampant Cork, chasing a fourth successive league crown, hammered last year's Division 2 champions Donegal by 7-16 to 1-10 in their semi-final at Tuam Stadium, while Laois recorded a 2-11 to 1-10 victory over Monaghan in Ballymahon, Longford.

Those results have set up a first Division 1 final meeting between Cork and Laois since 1993.

At Tuam Stadium, all six of Cork's starting forwards scored goals as the holders outclassed Donegal. Valerie Mulcahy finished top scorer with 1-5, Orla Farmer bagged 2-1, Amy O'Shea hit 1-3, Rhona Buckley and Nollaig Cleary collected 1-2 each and Grace Kearney grabbed the other goal.

Meanwhile, Laois overturned a two-point half-time deficit to record a 2-11 to 1-10 upset over Monaghan -- Martha Kirwan and Sinead Doogue scoring their goals.


In Division 2, All-Ireland senior champions Dublin and Leinster rivals Meath gained promotion to the top flight after winning their semi-finals at the weekend.

Sinead Aherne scored 1-2 as Dublin outclassed Cavan by 3-12 to 1-9 in Ardee on Saturday while in Cahir yesterday, Meath scored a 1-11 to 0-11 victory over last year's beaten All-Ireland senior semi-finalists Kerry.

In Division 3, Clare and Fermanagh claimed the promotion spots and final places on offer. Clare enjoyed a comfortable 5-13 to 2-12 win over Wicklow in Templetuohy, and Fermanagh edged out Down 4-7 to 1-15.

In Division 4, Westmeath and Roscommon bounced straight back to Division 3 as they came through their respective semi-finals. Westmeath beat Offaly 2-22 to 1-11 and Roscommon came from two points down at half-time to run out 2-15 to 2-6 winners over Louth.

Irish Independent

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