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Friday 25 May 2018

Fitzgerald pleased by winning start

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Donegal’s Emer Gallagher gets her shot away despite the close attention of Dublin’s Sarah McCaffrey yesterday. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Donegal’s Emer Gallagher gets her shot away despite the close attention of Dublin’s Sarah McCaffrey yesterday. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

Manager Ephie Fitzgerald hailed an opening day victory for champions Cork over Munster rivals Kerry in Division 1 of the Lidl Ladies National Football League.

Cork, who are aiming for a 10th top-flight title in 11 years, ran out 2-17 to 0-9 winners on their visit to Knocknagoshel, as Bríd and Áine O'Sullivan struck second half goals.

Fitzgerald said: "Delighted to get off to a winning start and it's never easy to win against Kerry, especially when they are at home."

Fitzgerald also indicated that 2016 senior Players' Player of the Year Bríd Stack and last year's All-Ireland senior camogie winning captain Rena Buckley "haven't made their minds up yet" about linking up with the footballers for the campaign ahead but added that the pair "hopefully might return later in the season."

Elsewhere in Division 1, TG4 All-Ireland senior champions Dublin didn't have it all their own way in a hard-fought 2-5 to 0-7 victory over Donegal in Letterkenny thanks to first-half goals by Rebecca McDonnell and Niamh McEvoy.

Dublin coach Ken Robinson admitted afterwards: "We've only just come back after Christmas, but that was sloppy. We didn't play too well, it was maybe a five out of ten by us."

In Swinford, the Kelly sisters, Grace and Niamh, collected 0-7 between them as Mayo ran out 0-11 to 0-7 winners over Westmeath.

Meanwhile, a dominant first half from Stephen Glennon's Galway ensured victory over Monaghan on the 3G Astroturf pitch at the Connacht Centre of Excellence in Bekan, Mayo.

Galway scored a 4-10 to 2-6 win and are rated by many as dark horses to make a serious impact in the league and championship this year.

Monaghan struck an early goal from a Louise Kerly penalty but Galway responded with 3-3 in the space of 14 minutes, including goals from Ailbhe Davoren, Tracey Leonard and Leanne Coen.

Mairead Seoighe added a fourth Galway goal before Shauna Coyle netted a fortuitous consolation effort for Monaghan.

In Division 2, two Orla O'Dwyer goals helped visitors Tipperary claim a notable 2-12 to 2-10 win over Armagh.

Clare, Cavan and Tyrone also claimed opening day successes in the second tier while Division 3 saw Wexford, Meath and Roscommon emerge victorious.

And in Division 4, there were wins for Antrim, Louth and Wicklow, as Carlow and Limerick shared the spoils.

Irish Independent

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