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National Ladies Football League round up

Updated: Sunday, 23 Feb 2014 18:17 | Comments

Niamh Kindlon scored 1-06 for Monaghan against Dublin
Niamh Kindlon scored 1-06 for Monaghan against Dublin

Niamh Kindlon rolled back the years with a vintage display as Monaghan and Dublin drew 1-13 each in Sunday’s rearranged Tesco Homegrown Ladies National Football League Division 1 fixture.

Kindlon, an All-Ireland senior medallist in 1997, scored 1-06 as Monaghan and Dublin preserved their unbeaten League records in 2014 by playing out a draw in Inniskeen.

The result leaves the table-toppers locked together on seven points after three rounds of matches.  

The sides were level three times in the opening minutes before Dublin struck for the game’s opening goal in the 11th minute.

Noelle Healy capped a surging run with a cracking finish to hand the visitors, managed by former Monaghan supremo Gregory McGonigle, a 1-03 to 0-03 lead.

Dublin were 1-06 to 0-05 in front before Kindlon grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck.

The vastly-experienced forward converted a free to leave just three points between the sides before her goal, created by Cora Courtney, levelled the tie.

At half-time, the teams were deadlocked at 1-07 apiece and the second-half would also fail to separate them.

Dublin, with top scorer Sinead Aherne (0-07) and Lindsey Davey in good form, lost Leah McCaffrey to a yellow card and when Monaghan pushed two points clear, 1-13 to 1-11, last year’s beaten All-Ireland finalists were on course for victory.

But two points from Natalia Hyland, including a sensational long-range free, rescued a draw for Dublin as Monaghan lost Joanne Geoghegan to the sin-bin towards the finish.

In Division 2, goals from Barbara Hannon and Una Carroll helped Galway to beat Kildare comfortably on their visit to Sarsfields.

The Westerners, who led by 1-08 to 0-03 at half-time, ran out 2-15 to 0-05 winners against the Lilywhites to move ahead of Westmeath at the head of affairs on scoring difference.

And in Division 3, there were victories for Armagh and Leitrim against Longford and Offaly respectively.

Tesco Homegrown Ladies National Football League Division 1

Monaghan 1-13 Dublin 1-13

Tesco Homegrown Ladies National Football League Division 2

Kildare 0-05 Galway 2-15

Tesco Homegrown Ladies National Football League Division 3

Armagh 3-11 Longford 1-08

Offaly 0-09 Leitrim 3-09

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