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Updated: Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 17:44

Tyrone survive in the top flight
Tyrone survive in the top flight

Tyrone ensured survival in Division 1 of the Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League with a priceless victory against Ulster rivals Donegal on Sunday.

Ace forward Joline Donnelly scored 1-5 for the Red Hands as they ran out 2-13 to 3-4 winners against hosts Donegal in Ballybofey.

Donegal are now locked in a desperate relegation battle with just one round of fixtures remaining in a fortnight’s time.

Kildare prop up the table with just one point from six matches and the Lilywhites suffered a 0-3 to 0-22 hiding from table-toppers and holders Cork, who maintained their 100 per cent record so far this season.

The final round of group fixtures will see Kildare travel to Monaghan, who are already assured of a place in the semi-finals, while Donegal host Meath.

The stark reality for Kildare is that they simply must win away to Monaghan, which is a daunting task, and hope that Donegal, who are on three points, slip up at home to Meath.

But Meath have something to play as they are locked in a battle with last year’s runners-up Laois for fourth place and a semi-final slot, with Cork, Monaghan and Dublin all safely qualified.

In the final round of fixtures, scheduled for Sunday, April 1, Laois must travel to Dublin in search of a result but a draw may be good enough.

In Division 2, Mayo are top following a 1-9 to 1-7 victory over Kerry.

Cora Staunton scored 1-7 for Mayo while Triona McNicholas added two points for the Westerners, who trailed by 1-3 to 1-5 at half-time.

Mayo, Galway and Kerry are safely through to the semi-finals and will be most likely be joined by Clare in the last four.

Tipperary are bottom of the table and in danger of relegation ahead of the final round of fixtures, as the Premier County trail Fermanagh by a point.

In Division 3, Westmeath, Armagh and Leitrim are all locked together on 15 points, with Down almost certainly assured of a top four finish also.

And in Division 4, Longford sit proudly on top of the table, with Louth and Carlow propping up the division on three points each.