Thursday 14 December 2017

Monaghan set up tasty Galway clash after sinking Tyrone

Niamh Kindlon, Monaghan, in action against Carol Dooher and Laura McGillion, Tyrone
Niamh Kindlon, Monaghan, in action against Carol Dooher and Laura McGillion, Tyrone

Jackie Cahill

EAMONN Ryan's champions Cork have been paired with Mayo in the TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football championship quarter-finals.

Mayo's reward for a hard-fought 3-8 to 1-13 victory over Westmeath in last Saturday's round 2 qualifier is a crack at the Brendan Martin Cup holders.

Elsewhere, Leinster champions Dublin will meet Kerry in another mouth-watering tie, with Armagh pitted against Laois.

The tie of the round, however, could well turn out to be the meeting of Connacht champions Galway and Monaghan, beaten All-Ireland finalists last year.

Monaghan saw off Ulster rivals Tyrone at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park in Longford on Saturday. Forwards Niamh Kindlon and Catriona McConnell split 0-10 between them en route to a 1-16 to 3-7 victory.

Muireann Atkinson scored Monaghan's second-half goal but Tyrone, who had majors from Gemma Begley, Tori McLaughlin and Niamh O'Neill, missed an early second-half penalty at a crucial stage, when Begley saw her effort saved by Linda Martin.

Begley would later net a second penalty but while Monaghan did enough to advance, they must improve significantly to tackle an emerging Galway side.

Also in Longford on Saturday, Cora Staunton bagged 2-6 as Mayo claimed a narrow one-point win against Westmeath.

Staunton's disputed late free settled a tie that was level after Westmeath sub Sarah Dolan scored a stunning goal.

Staunton netted in both halves while Sarah Rowe scored the other goal for Mayo in a nervy win for the Westerners.

Meanwhile, goals from Martha Kirwan, Meaghan Dunne and Laura Marie Maher eased Laois past Cavan at St Peregrine's in Dublin, on a 3-10 to 0-10 scoreline.

2013 All-Ireland intermediate champions Cavan were pre-match favourites with the bookies but Laois bounced back from their heavy Leinster final defeat to Dublin to set up a last-eight clash with Ulster champions and All-Ireland dark horses Armagh.

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