A victory acquired from hard work rather than flair sent Dublin home from the west with a deserved 0-12 to 0-7 Lidl NFL Division 1 victory last night. The accuracy of Carla Rowe was the difference between the sides in the first half. The Clann Mhuire star kicked four points in the opening period, while Mayo were more wayward at the other end.
The guests might have shook the net too, but goalkeeper Laura Brennan and defender Saoirse Lally rescued Mayo.
Dublin completely took over after the break. Their backs were ravenous, while Mayo found it hard to gain a foothold around the middle thanks to Lauren Magee and Jennifer Dunne.
Rowe was kicking points for fun throughout and finished with eight, but the Dubs couldn't find a way to create a goal chance thanks to the tenacity of Kathryn Sullivan, Noirin Moran, Saoirse Lally and Dayna Finn.
In Dungarvan, a last-gasp goal by Emma McCroary delivered a dramatic win for Donegal. Maxi Curran's side trailed 1-11 to 1-9 in injury time, but a Geraldine McLaughlin free - her eighth point of the afternoon - and McCroary's 66th-minute strike saw them win it.
In camogie, a first-half goal from Saoirse McCarthy proved a crucial score as Cork got their noses in front in the first half before pulling away to a 1-18 o 0-12 triumph over Waterford in the opening Littlewoods Ireland League Division 1 tie at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Paudie Murray's crew enjoyed a 1-10 to 0-8 interval lead and they imposed their superiority in the second half.
Waterford's new manager Fintan O'Brien and coach, hurling legend Dan Shanahan, had to plan without the considerable Gailltír contingent preparing for the All-Ireland intermediate club final and saw their gallant players give way as the second half progressed.
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