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Kirwan rescues Laois with late equaliser

MONAGHAN had to settle for a draw at home to Laois in Division 1 of the Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League yesterday but a point was still good enough to send the Farney county to the top of the table, WRITES JACKIE CAHILL.

Monaghan sit top of the pile on points difference only ahead of Dublin, Laois and Galway following the second round of fixtures.

Noirin Kirwan scored a late equalising point for Laois as they secured a 1-9 to 2-6 draw against the home side at Inniskeen.

At half-time, the sides were deadlocked and the highlight of the opening half was Edel Byrne's brilliant goal for Monaghan in the 28th minute.

Laois responded to Monaghan's first-half haul of 1-4 with seven points of their own and it was the experienced Kirwan and Tracey Lawlor who kept the visitors in contention throughout.

Laois had Grainne Dunne sin-binned in the first half but battled hard and rallied when Therese McNally netted a second Monaghan goal eight minutes into the second half.

Martina Dunne responded in kind for the O'Moore girls six minutes later and in a tit-for-tat finish, both sides traded the lead before the game finished level.

In Division 2, Armagh roared to the top of the table with their second victory from two outings.

The Orchard County secured a narrow 2-13 to 3-9 victory against Donegal at Carracruppen as new star Kelly Mallon played a leading role.

Meanwhile, Cavan moved into the promotion picture in Division 3 as they came away from Longford with a 0-13 to 0-3 victory.

In Division 4, Leitrim moved to the top of the table as they secured a 3-16 to 4-11 victory against promotion rivals Antrim at the Leitrim Village Community Centre. Antrim led by 2-7 to 0-10 at half-time but Leitrim turned it around in the second half to secure a two-point win.

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