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Updated: Sunday, 28 Apr 2013 20:54 | Comments

Cora Staunton smashed home all of Mayo's points as they saw off Monaghan
Cora Staunton smashed home all of Mayo's points as they saw off Monaghan

Cora Staunton scored all of Mayo’s 1-10 as Peter Clarke’s side stunned Monaghan in Sunday’s Tesco Homegrown Ladies' National Football League Division 1 semi-final in Ballinamore.

Staunton, arguably the greatest player in the history of ladies' football, produced yet another vintage display as last year’s Division 1 champions lost their grip on the title.

Monaghan won all seven of their group games in the top flight this year but Gregory McGonigle’s Ulster champions lost out by 0-9 to 1-10 against a Staunton-inspired Mayo.

At half-time, Monaghan led by 0-6 to 0-3, but eight-time All-Star Staunton was on fire in the second half as wind-assisted Mayo recovered to claim a famous win.

Meanwhile, Cork booked their place in a ninth Division 1 final in ten seasons with a comfortable 4-12 to 2-08 victory over Laois at Sean Treacy Park in Tipperary town.

Valerie Mulcahy scored 3-05 for the Leesiders as they set up a showdown with Mayo at Parnell Park on Saturday 11 May.

Mulcahy had 3-02 on the board by half-time as the Rebelettes, despite playing against the wind from the start, led by 3-05 to 0-04 at half-time.

Laois had beaten Cork earlier in the season, but with a final place at stake, the All-Ireland champions turned on the style to hand the O’Moore County a ten-point defeat.

Laois drew the second half and that was an achievement in itself as Tom McKittrick’s side trailed by 14 points on two separate occasions.

Seventeen-year-old forward Ciara Burke scored two second-half goals for Laois, with Rhona Ní Bhuachalla belting home a stunning 44th-minute goal for Cork.

Elsewhere, a late free from Edel Concannon sealed a 2-09 to 2-08 victory for Galway over Kildare in an entertaining Division 2 semi-final in Banagher on Sunday.

All four goals were scored in the first half, with Aoibheann Daly and Concannon on target as the beaten 2012 Division 2 finalists opened up an early 2-03 to 0-01 lead.

But Kildare hit back with goals from Gillian Behan and Maria Moolick, and at half-time Galway led by 2-03 to 2-02.

On Saturday, last year’s beaten All-Ireland senior finalists Kerry had a facile 3-16 to 0-6 victory over Westmeath at Sean Treacy Park in Tipperary town.

Mags Fitzgerald, Louise Galvin and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh raised green flags for William O’Sullivan’s rampant Kingdom, who were 1-12 to 0-2 in front at half-time. Kerry and Galway will now fight it out for promotion to Division 1.

Meanwhile, Armagh and Down will contest an all-Ulster Division 3 final after coming through their semi-finals against Tipperary and Longford respectively on Sunday.

Armagh, with goals from Caroline O’Hanlon, Mairead Tennyson and Cailin Duffy, beat Tipperary by 3-08 to 3-06 at St Loman’s GAA club, Mullingar.

And there was a dramatic finish in Clones as Down scored 2-01 in the final two minutes to clinch a 3-09 to 3-08 victory against Longford.

Natasha Ferris scored the winning point for the Mourne County with a free in stoppage time.

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