Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League round-up
By Jackie Cahill
ACE forward Sinead Ahern scored 0-5 as Dublin maintained their 100 per cent
start to the Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League Division 1
campaign on Sunday.
The Sky Blues made it two wins from two outings with a hard-fought 0-10 to
0-7 victory against Meath in Ashbourne.
And it was Ahern who led the charge for the Jackies in what was a repeat of
last year’s Division 2 final between the two counties.
Meath shocked Dublin in the 2011 Leinster semi-final and despite losing by
three points in this latest clash, they will take heart from a dogged
display having lost heavily to Dublin in both Division 2 clashes last year.
Midway through the first half, the sides were level at 0-2 apiece before
Dublin went on to lead by just a single point at half-time, 0-5 to 0-4.
In front of a sizeable crowd, Dublin kept Meath at arm’s length in the
second half as two superb points from Siobhan Woods opened up a 0-8 to 0-5
Meath kept plugging away but Dublin held on against the Royal County, who
had a six-point haul from Katie O’Brien.
Elsewhere in Division 1, holders Cork also registered a second successive
win as the Leesiders defeated Monaghan by 3-11 to 1-13 in what was a repeat
of last September’s All-Ireland senior final.
Rhona Ní Bhuachalla (two) and Nollaig Cleary scored Cork’s goals in the
second half, after the Rebelettes had trailed by 0-10 to 1-8 at half-time.
Caoimhe Mohan netted for the visitors in the first half and Cork survived
some early scares in the second half as Monaghan hit the woodwork while
goalkeeper Elaine Harte and Deirdre O’Reilly performed heroics too to keep
out the Farney County.
In Division 2, Cora Staunton was among the goals again for Mayo as the
Westerners made it two wins from two.
Staunton and her Carnacon teammate Fiona McHale raised green flags as Mayo
defeated Clare by 2-11 to 0-9 to follow up last Sunday’s victory against
Connacht rivals Galway with another impressive win.
But Kerry are at the head of affairs following another high-scoring victory,
this time on a 3-23 to 4-7 scoreline against Fermanagh.
The Kingdom have now registered 8-37 in two matches, after the Munster
outfit hit 5-14 against Tipperary on the opening day.
In Division 3, there were victories for Armagh, Down, Leitrim and last
year’s All-Ireland intermediate champions Westmeath.
In Division 4, Longford came away with maximum points from their visit to
Antrim while Limerick edged out Louth by a single point.
Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League Division 1 results:
Cork 3-11 Monaghan 1-13
Kildare 3-8 Donegal 4-11
Laois 3-10 Tyrone 1-11
Meath 0-7 Dublin 0-10
Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League Division 2 results:
Waterford 1-8 Galway 1-13
Cavan 1-9 Tipperary 1-5
Mayo 2-11 Clare 0-9
Kerry 3-23 Fermanagh 4-7
Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League Division 3 results:
Roscommon 2-5 Armagh 3-15
Down 2-4 Wexford 1-5
Sligo 1-9 Leitrim 3-12
Wicklow 2-7 Westmeath 4-14
Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League Division 4 results:
Antrim 3-6 Longford 1-12
Limerick 2-4 Louth 0-9.