Ladies football weekend round-up
Updated: Sunday, 31 Mar 2013 22:10
Monaghan maintained their 100% record in Division 1 of the Tesco Homegrown Ladies National Football League with a big win over Dublin on Sunday.
The holders ran riot at Fingallians, scoring all four goals in the first half on their way to a 4-15 to 1-5 victory.
Injury-ravaged Dublin were swamped as Ciara McAnespie bagged a brace of goals for Monaghan, with Caoimhe Mohan and Therese McNally also raising green flags.
Denise McKenna scored a second half consolation goal for Dublin but Monaghan were home and hosed at half-time, leading by 4-5 to 0-5.
Dublin take on Mayo next Sunday in a massive clash – with a semi-final place on offer for the winners.
Monaghan, Laois and Cork are already safely through to the last four and at the other end of the table, Meath’s relegation to Division 2 was confirmed when they lost by 1-3 to 3-18 against Mayo.
Katie O’Brien netted and was sinbinned as the Royal County dropped out of the top flight.
Cora Staunton scored 0-8 for Mayo, Deirdre Doherty chipped in with 1-4, Fiona McHale notched 1-2 and Aileen Gilroy added 1-1 for the Connacht outfit.
On Saturday, history was made as Laois beat Cork for the first time in any grade since the 2000 All-Ireland intermediate final.
The O’Moore county hung on at the death to claim a 1-9 to 0-11 against the All-Ireland champions in Stradbally.
Laois worked hard for their win as Martina Dunne scored 1-3, including a 24th minute penalty, for the hosts.
Laois led by 1-6 to 0-6 at half-time, having fallen 0-1 to 0-4 behind with just 13 minutes on the watch.
Elsewhere, Tyrone secured Division 1 football for next season with a 5-7 to 0-10 victory over Ulster rivals Donegal, who have also escaped the drop.
Gemma Begley netted a hat-trick of goals for Tyrone, who ran out 5-7 to 0-10 winners. Cathy Donnelly and Shannon Quinn scored Tyrone’s other goals.
In Division 2, Clare scored a dramatic 2-11 to 2-10 victory against Waterford in the big relegation clash at Fraher Field, Dungarvan.
Clare’s first win of the League season takes them two points clear of Waterford, with one round of fixtures remaining. Kilmihil sisters Ailish and Eimear Considine scored the crucial goals for the Banner County, as Niamh O’Dea kicked what could turn out to be a priceless winning point.
Elsewhere, Fermanagh’s heavy defeat to Galway ended the Erne County’s hopes of a top four finish. Kerry, Galway, Westmeath and Kildare will contest the Division 2 semi-finals.
In Division 3, there were victories for Armagh, Longford, Sligo and Down. Both Wexford and Wicklow remain pointless ahead of the final round of matches. And in Division 4, there were wins for Offaly and Antrim.