Ladies football wrap-up: Third time lucky for Rebels in the League

Updated: Sunday, 14 Feb 2016 21:11 | Comments

Aisling Hutchings got Cork's first goal in their win over Tyrone
Aisling Hutchings got Cork's first goal in their win over Tyrone

Super-sub Orla Finn bagged 1-9 as champions Cork finally secured their first victory of the 2016 Lidl Ladies National Football League campaign.

The Rebelettes demolished Tyrone by 2-21 to 1-3 in Mallow, handing new manager Ephie Fitzgerald that winning feeling following defeats to Kerry and Mayo.

Cork were 1-10 to 0-1 clear at half-time, with Aisling Hutchings grabbing the goal.

Finn came on at half-time and still managed to amass her big individual tally after the break as Cork kept up the pressure on the Red Hand County.

Tyrone managed a consolation goal from Grainne Rafferty but they were outclassed from start to finish and have now suffered big defeats in their opening games.

Elsewhere, Mayo made it three wins from three in a fiery Connacht derby against Galway.

Once again, Cora Staunton was Mayo’s leading scorer in a 2-8 to 1-10 victory over the hosts at Tuam Stadium.

Staunton, who shrugged off a first half injury, collected 0-8, including five frees, while Sarah Rowe and Aileen Gilroy netted for the winners.

Galway finished the game with 14 players when Megan Heneghan was sent off for a heavy tackle on Rachel Kearns, while the Tribeswomen also had Roisin Leonard sin-binned in the second half.

Galway led by 0-5 to 0-4 on a sunny but cold afternoon before a dramatic second half ensued.

Rowe netted to level matters at 1-4 to 0-7 but Mayo fell five points behind when Mairead Seoige goaled for Galway with eleven minutes left.

Gilroy struck for a crucial Mayo goal to keep them in touch, trailing by 2-4 to 1-9, and the comeback was complete late on when Staunton grabbed the winning point to maintain her team’s 100% record to date.

Meanwhile, Gergory McGonigle’s Dublin hammered his former charges Monaghan in Emyvale.

The Sky Blues ran out 5-18 to 0-6 winners and this game was done and dusted by half-time as the visitors led by 5-7 to 0-4.

Carla Rowe bagged a brace of goals, with Nicole Owens, Amy Ring and Niamh McEvoy also raising green flags for the rampant Metropolitans.

There was also a notable victory for Armagh against Kerry at Pearse Ógs.

The hosts won by 4-11 to 0-12 against the visiting Kingdom, with Aimee Mackin (2), Lauren McConville and Blaithin Mackin scoring the goals for the Orchard County.

In Division 2, there were victories for Cavan, Donegal, Laois and Clare while Offaly, Roscommon and Tipperary claimed wins in Division 3.

Wicklow hammered Carlow by 11-29 to 0-1 in Division 4, with Limerick and Longford running up big scores in their victories over Louth and Derry respectively.
Ladies National Football League Division 1 results:
Cork 2-21 Tyrone 1-3
Galway 1-10 Mayo 2-8
Monaghan 0-6 Dublin 5-18
Armagh 4-11 Kerry 0-12
Ladies National Football League Division 2 results:
Cavan 1-15 Westmeath 1-11
Sligo 2-4 Donegal 4-17
Laois 3-8 Meath 0-9
Clare 2-15 Kildare 1-6
Ladies National Football League Division 3 results:
Down 2-11 Offaly 5-11
Roscommon 2-12 Leitrim 1-5
Tipperary 1-7 Wexford 0-6
Ladies National Football League Division 4 results:
Carlow 0-1 Wicklow 11-29
Limerick 2-18 Louth 0-1
Derry 3-7 Longford 8-17

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