Friday 20 April 2018

Staunton on fire as leaders Mayo burn off the Orchard

Orla Finn, Cork, in action against Niamh Collins, Dublin. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Orla Finn, Cork, in action against Niamh Collins, Dublin. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile newsdesk

Cora Staunton went on the rampage as Mayo beat Armagh to claim top spot outright in Division 1 of the Lidl Ladies NFL.

Staunton scored 2-10 in Swinford as Mayo claimed a 4-17 to 1-13 victory, ending Armagh's unbeaten record.

With Staunton on top form, Mayo led by 3-9 to 0-7 at half-time.

The sides were level at 0-1 apiece before Staunton struck for Mayo's opening goal. With 13 minutes played, Staunton netted again to hand Mayo a 2-4 to 0-1 lead and Sarah Rowe added a third goal to effectively put the tie to bed.

Armagh opened the second half with a goal from Caroline O'Hanlon but Mayo added another before the finish, with Aileen Gilroy on target.

Mayo preserved their 100pc record and already a place in the top four looks all but secured.


Dublin maintained their good start to the season by collecting a third victory from four outings. The Sky Blues gained some revenge for last year's All-Ireland final defeat by Cork in scoring a 3-10 to 1-13 victory over the Rebelettes at Parnell Park.

Monaghan collected their first victory of the campaign as Ulster rivals Tyrone were sent packing on a 1-15 to 0-4 scoreline in Drumhowan.

Therese McNally's first-half goal helped Monaghan to lead by 1-9 to 0-3 at the break, on a day when Ellen McCarron and Cora Courtney scored five points each for the Farney women.

Tyrone managed just a single point from play, scored by Maria Canavan, and remain anchored to the bottom of the table, without a point from four outings.

Also in Division 1, Kerry defeated Galway by 2-15 to 2-8 in Finuge. Roisin Leonard netted a 20th-minute penalty for Galway but Kerry had the lead at half-time as Bernie Breen netted.

Irish Independent

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