Leonard leads the Tribes to title
G4 Connacht Ladies Football final: Galway 3-12 Mayo 1-8
Tracey Leonard and Mairead Seoighe sparkled as Galway captured a 14th TG4 Connacht ladies senior football crown at MacHale Park yesterday.
Stephen Glennon's Tribeswomen wrestled the title back from Mayo to claim a fifth Connacht win in six seasons - as Leonard and Seoighe combined for 2-11.
Leonard scored nine points, including two from play, as Seoighe chipped in with an impressive 2-2.
Mayo, beaten All-Ireland semi-finalists last year, were below par and now face a difficult route through the Qualifiers, as Galway take the direct road to the quarter-finals.
Ahead by 3-7 to 0-4 at half-time, Galway never looked back and while Shauna Howley's goal in the 38th minute briefly hinted at a Mayo revival, it never materialised.
They were unlucky when Fiona Doherty rattled a shot off the crossbar soon after, while star forward Cora Staunton tested the woodwork from a free, but Galway were deserved winners.
Those three first-half goals paved the way for victory.
Seoighe struck first in the third minute, then two minutes later 2004 All-Ireland winner Niamh Duggan, only on the pitch as a blood sub, finished a flowing move.
Seoighe struck again in the 25th minute as Mayo toiled, registering just four points and one from play in the first-half.
A usually slick Mayo outfit managed just 1-2 from play in the entire game - as Staunton top-scored with seven points.
Olivia Divilly claimed the Player of the Match award and on this evidence Galway could emerge as serious dark horses for All-Ireland glory.
Scorers - Galway: T Leonard 0-9 (7f), M Seoighe 2-2, N Duggan 1-0, A McDonagh 0-1.
Mayo: C Staunton 0-7 (6f), S Howley 1-0, S Rowe 0-1.
Galway: D Gower; F Cooney, N Connolly, E Flaherty; A Seoighe, B Hannon, S Burke; L Gannon, C Cormican; O Divilly, T Leonard, A McDonagh; M Seoighe, S Conneally, R Leonard. Subs: M Glynn for S Conneally (44), A Davoren for McDonagh (46), S Molloy for Divilly (60).
Mayo: Y Byrne; O Conlon, S Tierney, M Corbett; F Doherty, M Carter, D Hughes; C Staunton, A Gilroy; M McGing, F McHale, G Kelly; R Kearns, S Rowe, N Gaughan. Subs: S Howley for McGing (ht), A Dowling for Doherty (51), A Duffy for Kelly (55).
Ref - G Chapman (Sligo)
McLaughlin on fire for Donegal
TG4 Ulster Ladies SFC final: Donegal 4-11 Monaghan 0-15
Geraldine McLaughlin fired Donegal to a second Ulster senior title in three seasons, as Micheal Naughton's charges claimed victory over Monaghan.
McLaughlin landed 2-6 as Donegal claimed the silverware back from last year's winners.
Donegal went to Monaghan's Clones backyard and emerged victorious again to book an All-Ireland quarter-final spot.
Goals proved crucial as McLaughlin scored two, with sidekick Yvonne McMonagle and Roisin Friel also raising green flags for the winners.
Friel struck for the opening goal on four minutes and McMonagle flicked home their second ten minutes later.
Monaghan had goal chances of their own but McLaughlin struck approaching half-time and Donegal were 3-5 to 0-9 clear at the break.
McLaughlin bagged her second goal three minutes after the restart and Monaghan were left with a mountain to climb.
Donegal lost Niamh Hegarty to the sin-bin but held on to win.
Scorers - Donegal: G McLaughlin 2-6 (4f), Y McMonagle 1-1; R Friel 1-0; K Guthrie 0-2f, G Houston, N Hegarty 0-1 each. Monaghan: E McCarron 0-8 (4f); E McKenna 0-2; C McAnespie 0-2; C Courtney (f), C Mohan, R Courtney 0-1 each.
Donegal - A McColgan; T Doherty, E Gallagher, N McLaughlin; T McCafferty, C Hegarty, A McDonnell; K Herron, K Guthrie; G Houston, N Hegarty, E Ward; R Friel, G McLaughlin, Y McMonagle. Subs: P McGroarty for R Friel (43), D Foley for A McDonnell (61).
Monaghan - L Martin; R McKenna, J Fitzpatrick, S Coyle; A McAnespie, S Courtney, G McNally; C Courtney, E McAnespie; L McEnaney, E McCarron, E McKenna; C McAnespie, C Mohan, R Courtney. Subs: Rebecca McKenna for S Coyle (43), L Jones for E McKenna (53)
Ref - C Dourneen (Cavan)