Monday 16 December 2019

Staunton scores 1-8 but Mayo are beaten

Dublin's Olivia Leonard. Photo: Sportsfile
Dublin's Olivia Leonard. Photo: Sportsfile

Cora Staunton scored 1-8, but couldn't prevent defeat for Mayo against Connacht rivals Galway, on the opening day of the Lidl Ladies National Football League campaign.

Roisin Leonard scored 2-4 for Galway as they ran out 2-8 to 1-10 winners in Swinford, as Mayo's returning trio of Staunton, Martha Carter and Yvonne Byrne were all drafted into the starting line-up.

Elsewhere, defending League and All-Ireland champions Cork were big winners against Munster rivals Kerry in Mallow.

The Rebelettes won by 5-17 to 1-11 to kick-start their season in impressive fashion.

At the home of Naomh Mearnóg, hosts Dublin beat Monaghan by 1-7 to 0-5, in what was Mick Bohan's first competitive game in charge of the Sky Blues. A second-half goal from Olivia Leonard proved crucial for Dublin, who also had a three-point haul from Sarah McCaffrey, sister of former Footballer of the Year Jack.

Meanwhile, in Convoy, Donegal marked their return to the top flight by securing a 4-10 to 0-11 victory against Ulster rivals Armagh.

Paula McGrory netted two first-half goals before Amber Barrett and Roisin Friel raised green flags in the second-half.

In Division 2, Laois edged past neighbours Kildare by 2-11 to 2-9 and there were also wins for Westmeath and Tyrone on the opening day.

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Clare and Waterford drew, but the Banner girls will be the happier with the result as Waterford had raced into an early six-point lead.

Leitrim, Tipperary, Roscommon and Meath opened their Division 3 campaigns with victories and in Division 4 there were wins for Longford, Fermanagh, Wicklow and Carlow.

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