Tom McKittrick’s Laois suffered their first defeat of the season as Dublin scored a narrow victory in Sunday’s Tesco Homegrown Ladies National Football League Division 1 tie in Stradbally.
Two late pointed frees from Sinead Aherne gave Dublin a 2-6 to 1-7 victory against the O’Moore County.
McKittrick, a former Dublin U21 player, had masterminded two victories from the first two rounds of fixtures but Dublin bounced back from the previous weekend’s shock defeat against Donegal to claim a second win of the season.
At half-time, the sides were level at 0-6 to 1-3, with Lyndsey Davey bagging a 28th minute goal for the Dubs.
Ciara Burke netted for Laois nine minutes after half-time but Dublin hit back with a 44th minute goal from Hannah Tyrrell.
Dublin were twice reduced to 14 players as captain Sinead Finnegan and Noelle Healy were yellow-carded but the Jackies, with Paul Gilheaney in place as interim manager, still managed to dig out a crucial win.
Meanwhile in front of a big crowd in Killeagh, All-Ireland champions Cork beat Tyrone by 3-16 to 0-14.
Emma Farmer’s early goal set Cork on their way and at half-time, the Rebelettes led by 2-10 to 0-4, with Orla Finn scoring a second goal in the 24th minute.
Top scorer Valerie Mulcahy, who bagged 1-6 in total, scored a third goal for the Leesiders in the 40th minute, from a penalty.
Gemma Begley and Aisling O’Kane scored 0-11 between them for Tyrone but hosts Cork were too strong as they cruised to an eleven-point win.
In Claremorris, eight-time Allstar Cora Staunton scored 1-9 for hosts Mayo as they beat Donegal by 2-15 to 1-9.
Aileen Gilroy added 1-1 for the Westerners, including a brilliant second half goal, but it was Donegal who started the better when Geraldine McLaughlin netted an early penalty.
Donegal lost goalkeeper and captain Roisin McCafferty to an early injury, however, and by half-time, Mayo had established a 1-8 to 1-2 lead.
League champions Monaghan, meanwhile, scored a 3-8 to 2-8 victory over Meath.
Caoimhe Mohan, Catriona McConnell and Laura Boylan netted for the Farney girls, with Vivienne McCormack and Aine Bennett (penalty) on target with Meath goals.
Meath led by 1-4 to 0-5 at half-time but Monaghan responded with a strong second half display to claim the points.
In Division 2, Westmeath already look good for the semi-finals as they collected a third victory from three outings.
The Lake County won by 3-10 to 2-7 at Fraher Field in Dungarvan to leave pointless Waterford firmly rooted to the bottom of the table.
Galway, Kildare and Kerry were also victorious in Division 2, while Leitrim, Down, Longford and Armagh scored wins in Division 3. Offaly, Louth and Roscommon won their Division 4 matches against Antrim, Carlow and Limerick respectively.