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Ladies NFL round-up: Cork top after Croke Park win over Dublin while Galway stay in touch on weather-hit weekend

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8 February 2020; Áine O'Sullivan of Cork in action against Siobhán Woods of Dublin during the Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 Round 3 match between Dublin and Cork at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

8 February 2020; Áine O'Sullivan of Cork in action against Siobhán Woods of Dublin during the Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 Round 3 match between Dublin and Cork at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

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8 February 2020; Áine O'Sullivan of Cork in action against Siobhán Woods of Dublin during the Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 Round 3 match between Dublin and Cork at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Cork maintained their stranglehold at the top of the Lidl National Football League Division 1 standings with a memorable 0-8 to 1-4 Croke Park victory over Dublin on Saturday night.

With cancellations of matches happening right around the country, Galway kept pace with Ephie Fitzgerald's side following their 3-12 to 4-5 win over Donegal, where a Tracey Leonard hat-trick was critical for the westerners in Letterkenny.

Nicole Gordon hit two goals for Donegal, while Amy Boyle Carr and Geraldine McLaughlin also found the net, but Maxi Curran's side fell short of last year’s Lidl league finalists.

For Cork, it was Orla Finn who did most of the damage once again, and her five points meant Carla Rowe's second-half penalty was not enough to rescue Mick Bohan's TG4 All-Ireland champions.

In Division 2 of the Lidl NFL Tyrone defeated Clare in the Saturday night fixture, where Gerry Moane's side claimed a 3-7 to 1-7 victory, while Bridgetta Lynch's goal early in the second half secured a 1-13 to 0-9 win for Meath against Monaghan.

In the same competition, Kerry maintained the only 100 percent record in the division as they held on to claim a 2-12 to 2-10 win against Armagh after the Kingdom had led by seven points at the interval.

Aoife McCoy and Blaithin Mackin goaled late on for the Ulster side but the Munster side had just enough in reserve to claim their third win and sole leadership at the top of the standings.

All four games in Division 3 fell foul to the weather, but in Division 4 there were wins for Louth, Offaly and Leitrim.

The Connacht outfit were the most comprehensive winners with Muireann Devanney’s late strike putting the seal on a big 7-10 to 0-2 victory in Ballinamore.

Offaly did the damage in their first half against Derry at Owenbeg. The visitors were 2-4 to 0-5 ahead at the break before they cruised to a 3-8 to 0-8 success.

The other game was much more competitive with Louth coming out on the right side of a 2-10 to 1-9 scoreline in Cooley.

RESULTS

8th February 2020

Lidl Ladies NFL Division 1 - Round 3

Dublin 1-4 Cork 0-8

Lidl Ladies NFL Division 2 - Round 3

Tyrone 3-7 Clare 1-7

9th February 2020

Lidl Ladies NFL Division 1 - Round 3

Donegal 4-5 Galway 3-12

Tipperary P-P Westmeath

Mayo P-P Waterford

Lidl Ladies NFL Division 2 - Round 3

Meath 1-13 Monaghan 0-9

Kerry 2-12 Armagh 2-10

Cavan P-P Wexford

Lidl Ladies NFL Division 3 - Round 3

Laois P-P Longford

Fermanagh P-P Roscommon

Kildare P-P Wicklow

Sligo P-P Down

Lidl Ladies NFL Division 4 - Round 3

Louth 2-10 Limerick 1-9

Leitrim 7-10 Antrim 0-2

Derry 0-8 Offaly 3-8

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