Saturday 20 January 2018

Monaghan move clear as Mohan finds range

CAOIMHE MOHAN helped herself to 1-6 as champions Monaghan surged three points clear at the top of Division 1 of the Ladies National Football League.

Gregory McGonigle's side beat Mayo by 1-15 to 2-6 at Aughnamullen to preserve their 100pc record after four league outings this season.

Monaghan are now three points clear of All-Ireland champions Cork and Laois at the head of affairs.

The Ulster side played with the aid of a strong breeze in the opening half but, despite that advantage, they led by just a point at half-time.

Mohan netted in the sixth minute, but goals from Carol Hegarty and Orla Conlon kept Mayo in touch at the break. However, the Westerners scored just 0-2 with the wind on their backs in the second half as Monaghan held firm.


The Farney women could even afford the luxury of Ellen McCarron's missed penalty and Mayo lost Claire Egan for the final minutes after she was sin-binned.

Mayo cut the gap back to two points with five minutes remaining, but Monaghan finished strongly with a point from Therese McNally before Mohan hit three without reply to make the game safe.

In Division 2, Kerry moved level on points with Galway, Westmeath and Kildare at the top of the table.

On Saturday, last year's beaten All-Ireland senior finalists demolished Munster rivals Clare by 5-24 to 2-4 in Listowel.

Kerry led by 2-13 to 1-4 at the break having played with the aid of the breeze in the first half. Mags Fitzgerald bagged a hat-trick of goals for rampant Kerry, including two in the first half.

Sarah Jane Joy and substitute Laura Rogers also netted for the Kingdom in the second half, with Laura Hanrahan scoring a consolation goal for Clare. Marie Kelly netted a first-half goal for the Banner.

Irish Independent

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