Sarah Rowe strikes twice to preserve Mayo’s 100 per cent record
Galway defeat Dublin at Parnell Park while Kerry hammer Tyrone in Killarney
Sarah Rowe: scored two goals as Mayo defeated Monaghan in Ballina. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho
Two late Sarah Rowe goals preserved Mayo’s 100 per cent record in Division One yesterday as they made it seven wins from seven outings this year.
Mayo defeated Monaghan 2-11 to 1-9 in Ballina, with that late brace from Rowe getting the job done. Mayo led by 0-9 to 0-3 at half-time but a fine goal from Monaghan’s Therese Scott helped them draw level at 1-7 to 0-10 and they were two points clear before Rowe’s crucial first goal edged Mayo 1-10 to 1-9 ahead.
Rowe’s second goal put some daylight between the sides and a late free from Cora Staunton made the game safe.
At Parnell Park, Galway beat Dublin 4-12 to 1-14 to ensure that four teams are now locked together on 12 points, nine behind Mayo.
At half-time, Galway were 3-6 to 1-7 clear of hosts Dublin, with Róisín Leonard hitting a remarkable 2-5 in the first half alone, including four pointed frees. Megan Glynn also netted for Galway as Dublin’s Sinead Aherne scored 1-1, including a penalty goal.
By full-time, Leonard had taken her match tally to 2-9, eight of her points from frees, and Maireád Seoighe scored the fourth goal for the visitors.
Aherne finished with a personal haul of 1-8 for Dublin, whose scoring difference should ensure they make the semi-finals.
In yesterday’s other Division One fixture, Kerry enjoyed a massive 7-22 to 0-8 victory against relegated Tyrone at Fitzgerald Stadium.
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The second half continued in a similar vein with further goals from Megan O’Connell, Amanda Brosnan, Kate O’Sullivan and Caoimhe O’Sullivan.
In Division Two, Amber Barrett and Geraldine McLaughlin got the goals as Donegal won the big Ulster derby against Cavan 2-7 to 1-2. Donegal led 2-3 to 0-1 at half-time and while Cavan Caitríona Smith netted for the visitors, there was no way back.