Concannon spurs Galway to retain crown
GALWAY held on to their TG4 Connacht ladies senior football championship crown yesterday and Monaghan claimed four-in-a-row in Ulster, as the two remaining provincial finals were decided.
Galway scored a 0-16 to 1-9 victory against Mayo at a sweltering Tuam Stadium – with Edel Concannon hitting 0-6 for the Tribeswomen.
A 1-3 haul from Aileen Gilroy and 0-5 from Cora Staunton was not enough for Tesco Homegrown Division 1 finalists Mayo as Galway held firm.
At half-time, Galway led by 0-9 to 1-3 and they held out comfortably in the second half as temperatures and tempers soared.
In Ulster, Monaghan claimed a fourth successive provincial crown with a comfortable 4-16 to 1-10 victory over Tyrone at Celtic Park.
The Farney girls led by 2-6 to 0-5 at half-time, before hitting 1-7 on the trot, including a penalty goal netted by goalkeeper Linda Martin.
Gemma Begley, scorer of 1-5 for Tyrone, responded with a goal 11 minutes from time but from Monaghan's next attack, Cora Courtney responded in kind.
On Saturday, Kerry ended Cork's hopes of 10-in-a-row in Munster, with a sensational victory in the TG4 senior football championship final in Castletownroche.
The Kingdom were crowned Munster champions after scoring a 1-16 to 1-15 victory over the All-Ireland holders.
Cork had the chance to equalise at the death, but Geraldine O'Flynn's free bounced agonisingly off the upright and William O'Sullivan's Kerry survived to book their place in the All-Ireland quarter-finals.
In Leinster, Dublin retained their provincial crown with a comfortable 3-14 to 0-9 victory over Meath, in what was a repeat of last year's final.
Noelle Healy won the player of the match award for Dublin as the Jackies produced a strong second-half performance at Dr Cullen Park in Carlow on Saturday, with Lindsey Peat scoring two first-half goals.