Monday 18 December 2017

Byrne keeps Farney in the hunt

MONAGHAN scored a crucial victory against hosts Dublin on Saturday to remain firmly in the hunt for a first Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football league crown since 1999.

The Farney girls strengthened their second-place position behind table-toppers Galway in Division 1 after securing a 0-13 to 0-8 win against the Jackies at Naomh Mearnóg. All six Monaghan forwards were on the scoresheet for the visitors but Edel Byrne stood out with a haul of six points.

In Division 2, Meath rattled five goals past Tipperary at New Inn as the Royal County moved firmly into the race for promotion. Meath made their trip to Tipp a winning one as they left for home on the right end of a 5-4 to 2-11 scoreline.

Three second-half goals sealed the vital win as Shau-na Bennett, Kellie Allen and Samantha Martin all raised green flags after the break.

In Division 3, Fermanagh came from two points down at half-time to run out 0-11 to 0-8 winners against Longford in a real six-pointer. The Little sisters, Caroline and Sharon, hit nine points between them to help Fermanagh on their way at Brookeborough.

Meanwhile, in Division 4, Antrim are second behind Leitrim on scoring differ-ence following a 2-9 to 0-7 victory against Limerick at Casement Park on Saturday. The Saffrons won the repeat of last year's All-Ireland junior final thanks to goals in each half from Anna Fin-negan and Maebh McCurdy.

Irish Independent

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