Sunday 25 February 2018

Staunton's 2-14 halts Galway's drive for five

Ladies football

Mayo's Cora Staunton (stock photo) fittingly opened the scoring with a free. Photo: Sportsfile
Mayo's Cora Staunton (stock photo) fittingly opened the scoring with a free. Photo: Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

Cora Staunton bagged a personal haul of 2-14 as Mayo claimed their first TG4 Connacht ladies senior football championship crown since 2011, denying Galway five-in-a-row as they ran out 3-20 to 0-14 winners at Elverys MacHale Park.

In Ulster, Monaghan were crowned champions following a 0-14 to 1-8 win over Cavan in Clones, a remarkable victory for a Monaghan side that struggled badly in the league.

In the West, Staunton fittingly opened the scoring with a free but Galway rallied to lead by 0-4 to 0-3 in the early exchanges.

At half-time, Mayo were 0-12 to 0-8 clear but Galway rallied, moving to within a point before the hosts pulled away again.

Staunton grabbed the opening goal, reacting quickest after her penalty was saved, and Mayo romped to a 15-point victory.

Galway had Sarah Gormally sin-binned before Staunton struck again for Mayo's second goal, before fisting the final score of the game in the closing minutes.

In the Ulster decider, Monaghan raced into a four-point lead, before Cavan finally opened their account midway through the first half when Aisling Traynor pointed. Monaghan were 0-8 to 0-3 up at half-time. They were 0-11 to 0-5 clear in the second half before Traynor hauled Cavan back into contention with the game's only goal.

Monaghan responded with a Cora Courtney point but Cavan kept in touch with an Aisling Doonan free. Roisin O'Keeffe narrowed the gap to two but Monaghan pulled away with late scores, before Sinead O'Sullivan cut the final deficit to three points.

Irish Independent

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