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Ladies SFC: Wins for Laois. Mayo, Tyrone and Cork

Updated: Saturday, 10 Aug 2013 19:59 | Comments

Tracey Lawlor and Laois can now look forward to the quarter-finals
Tracey Lawlor and Laois can now look forward to the quarter-finals

Tracey Lawlor scored seven points as Laois booked their place in the quarter-finals of the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior Football Championship on Saturday with a 1-14 to 0-07 victory.

Laois had lost to the Royals twice this year, in League and championship, but they were too good at St Brendan’s Park, Birr, in this round two All-Ireland qualifier.

By half-time, Laois were almost out of sight as Lawlor had four points on the board.

The O’Moore girls led by 1-9 to 0-2 at the break as Ciara Burke, captain of the Laois minor team that won the All-Ireland B title last Monday, netted the 24th minute goal.

Jane Moore and Noirin Kirwan combined to set up Burke, who finished with a clinical low strike.

Laois powered into an eleven point lead, 1-10 to 0-2, when Lawlor sent over a free early in the second half and they would lead by ten twice more before cantering to that exact winning margin.

Joanna Byrne came off the bench at half-time to finish as Meath’s leading scorer with three points, including two from play.

Meath did come close to a goal with 12 minutes remaining as wing-back Emma Troy hammered a shot off the Laois crossbar.

But there was no doubting the Laois superiority as they gained revenge for that provincial semi-final defeat.

Both teams had a player sin-binned in the second half but even though Laois lost Noirin Kirwan to a yellow card for ten minutes, Meath weren’t good enough to press home their numerical advantage at that time.

And Meath themsleves lost a player when Aedin Murray fouled Lawlor with eight minutes left.

From the penalty, sub Mo Nearney saw her effort saved by Irene Munnelly but as play continued, influential captain Maggie Murphy kicked her third point to complete the scoring.

All-Ireland champions Cork survived a major scare from Armagh before booking their place in the quarter-finals on a 0-16 to 2-09 scoreline

Plucky Armagh came from seven points down in the first half to lead by a point, 2-8 to 0-13, in the final quarter at St Brendan's Park in Birr.

But driven forward by inspirational wing-back and player of the match Geraldine O’Flynn, Cork held firm and edged home with just a point to spare.

After Armagh hit the front, O’Flynn levelled with a free and then surged forward to land a brilliant point from play.

Rhona Ní Bhuachalla’s point pushed Cork two ahead but Armagh weren’t done yet as Caroline O’Hanlon, scorer of 1-3, responded with a point.

And at the death, O’Hanlon had the chance to level the game but instead of shooting for goal, the Carrickcruppin dynamo dropped her effort short and Cork breathed a huge sigh of relief.

In the other Round 2 qualifier games, Cora Staunton scored four goals as Mayo beat Westmeath 5-11 to 0-11 in Longford, while at the same venue Tyrone saw off Clare 1-15 to 1-09.

After today's matches the draw was made for the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

Mayo v Kerry

Tyrone v Galway

Cork v Dublin

Laois v Monaghan 

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