McLaughlin dominates for Donegal
Donegal 5-11 Galway 1-7
Donegal's dynamic duo of Geraldine McLaughlin and Yvonne McMonagle put Galway to the sword in this Division 1 semi-final at Markievicz Park in Sligo - scoring 5-8 between them.
McLaughlin scored an incredible 4-4 and McMonagle added 1-4 as Donegal, Division 2 champions last year, qualified for their first Division 1 final.
McLaughlin's won and netted an early penalty to set Donegal on their way to a 1-4 to 0-3 lead at half-time.
Donegal conceded a fine goal to Roisín Leonard early in the second half, a clinical left-footed strike into the bottom corner from Tracey Leonard's pass before McMonagle beat Dearbhla Gower to the punch from Katie Harron's high ball to net. McLaughlin's second goal arrived six minutes later and she completed her hat-trick with four minutes of normal time remaining, collecting Barbara Hannon's searching ball before finishing well.
There was still time for McLaughlin to bag a fourth when she converted another penalty with only two minutes to play.
Galway's miserable afternoon was complete when substitute Áine McDonagh was shown red.
Scorers - Donegal: G McLaughlin 4-4 (2-0 pens, 0-2f), Y McMonagle 1-4, K Guthrie (f), G Houston & R Friel 0-1 each. Galway: R Leonard 1-1, T Leonard 0-2f, C Cormican, N Connolly, B Hannon, O Divilly 0-1 each.
Donegal - A McColgan; T Doherty, E Gallagher, N McLaughlin; T McClafferty, C Hegarty, D Foley; K Herron, K Guthrie; G Houston, N Hegarty, S McGruddy; R Friel, G McLaughlin, Y McMonagle. Subs - P McGroarty for Guthrie (h.t.), K Keeney for Foley (43), A McDonald for McGruddy (57), K Wilson for N McLaughlin (57), N Carr for Houston (60+4).
Galway - D Gower; C Cormican, Á Seoighe, N Connolly; G Conneally, F Cooney, S Burke; L Gannon, C Cooney; O Divilly, M Glynn, B Hannon; T Leonard, R Leonard, A Davoren. Subs : Á McDonagh for Cormican (52), E Reaney for Gannon (52), L Hannon for Davoren (60), D Gorman for Glynn (60+2).
Ref - G Carmody (Mayo)