Cork and Dublin drawn together in Ladies’ quarter-finals

Rebelettes hold off Armagh to set up last eight encounter

Champions Cork have been pitted against Dublin in the quarter-finals of the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football championship.

The last eight draw, made at St Brendan’s Park in Birr on Saturday afternoon, threw up another big city clash after the counties were drawn together in the hurling and football championships.

Elsewhere, Connacht champions Galway have been paired with Tyrone, who beat Clare in Saturday’s round 2 qualifier.

Laois, comfortable winners against Meath, will play Ulster champions Monaghan and Munster champions Kerry will take on Mayo, who put five goals past Westmeath on Saturday.

Cork survived a stern test of their credentials before edging past Armagh with just a point to spare at St Brendan’s Park in Birr.

Cork, who welcomed back Juliet Murphy at half-time, led by 0-10 to 0-3 at half-time but they were left hanging on for a 0-16 to 2-9 win.

Second-half goals from Kelly Mallon and Caroline O’Hanlon brought Armagh back into contention before player of the match Geraldine O’Flynn steered Cork home.

O’Hanlon had a late chance to level the game for Armagh, who had hit the front in the final quarter, but her free dropped short and Cork survived.


Revenge
Elsewhere, Laois gained revenge for their Leinster semi-final defeat against Meath with a comfortable 1-14 to 0-7 victory over the Royals in Birr.

Tracey Lawlor scored 0-7 and Ciara Burke, captain of the Laois team that won the All-Ireland minor B championship last Monday, scored the first-half goal.

Laois led by 1-9 to 0-2 at half-time and were never troubled in the second half as Meath bowed out.

At Pearse Park in Longford, Cora Staunton hit 4-8 for Mayo as they beat Westmeath by 5-11 to 0-11.

Goals from Lisa Cafferkey and Staunton in the opening five minutes set Mayo on their way to a big win. Staunton had a hat-trick by half-time as Mayo led by 4-7 to 0-4 at the break.

In the second game in Longford, Tyrone earned a hard-fought 1-15 to 1-9 victory over Clare.

Cathy Donnelly scored the late goal for Tyrone, with Louise Henchy netting a consolation goal for the Banner with the last play of the game.