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Galway and Monaghan win respective Connacht and Ulster Ladies SFC titles

Updated: Sunday, 14 Jul 2013 21:14 | Comments

Edel Concannon was to the fore in Galway's victory
Edel Concannon was to the fore in Galway's victory

Galway held onto their TG4 Connacht ladies Senior Football Championship crown on Sunday and Monaghan claimed four-in-a-row in Ulster, as the two remaining provincial finals were decided.

Galway scored a 0-16 to 1-9 victory against Mayo at a sweltering Tuam Stadium – with Edel Concannon hitting 0-6 for the Tribeswomen.

A 1-3 haul from Aileen Gilroy and 0-5 from Cora Staunton was not enough for Tesco Homegrown Division 1 finalists Mayo as Galway held firm.

Mayo blew a ten-point lead against Galway in last year’s provincial showpiece but they were never allowed to build up that kind of advantage on this occasion as boss Barry Downey had his homework done.

Galway were 0-6 to 0-1 ahead midway through the first half before Gilroy netted to bring Mayo back into contention.

At half-time, Galway led by 0-9 to 1-3 and they held out comfortably in the second half as temperatures and tempers soared.

In Ulster, Monaghan claimed a fourth successive provincial crown with a comfortable 4-16 to 1-10 victory over Tyrone at Celtic Park.

The Farney girls led by 2-6 to 0-5 at half-time but at the end of the first quarter, the sides were level at 0-5 apiece.

Monaghan bagged their opening goal in the 19th minute from Therese McNally before they struck again four minutes later, with leading scorer Caoimhe Mohan (1-5) on target for a second green flag.

In the second half, Monaghan hit 1-7 on the trot, with the penalty goal netted by goalkeeper Linda Martin.

Gemma Begley, scorer of 1-5 for Tyrone, responded with a Tyrone goal eleven minutes from time but from Monaghan’s next attack, Cora Courtney responded in kind. 

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