Orla Finn leads scoring charge as Cork register their first win

Mayo, Dublin and Armagh all victorious too in Division One

Dublin’s Carla Rowe scored two goals in the big victory over Monaghan at Emyvale. Photograph: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Dublin’s Carla Rowe scored two goals in the big victory over Monaghan at Emyvale. Photograph: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

 

Supersub Orla Finn bagged 1-9 as champions Cork finally secured their first victory of the Lidl women’s National Football League campaign. The Rebelettes demolished Tyrone by 2-21 to 1-3 in Mallow, ensuring new manager Ephie Fitzgerald that winning feeling following defeats to Mayo and Kerry.

Cork were 1-10 to 0-1 clear at half-time, with Aisling Hutchings grabbing the goal.

Finn came on at half-time and still managed to amass her big individual tally in the second half alone as Cork kept up the pressure on the Red Hands.

Tyrone managed a consolation goal from Gráinne Rafferty but they were outclassed.

Mayo made it three wins from three in a fiery Connacht derby against Galway.

Once again, Cora Staunton was Mayo’s leading scorer in a 2-8 to 1-10 victory over the hosts at Tuam Stadium. Staunton collected 0-8, including five frees, while Sarah Rowe and Aileen Gilroy netted for the winners.

Galway finished the game with 14 players when Megan Heneghan was sent off for a heavy tackle on Rachel Kearns.

Galway led by 0-5 to 0-4 before a dramatic second half ensued. Rowe netted to level matters at 1-4 to 0-7 but Mayo fell five points behind when Maireád Seoige goaled for Galway with 11 minutes left.

Gilroy struck for a crucial Mayo goal to keep them in touch, trailing by 2-4 to 1-9, and the comeback was complete late on when Staunton grabbed the winning point.

Meanwhile, Gregory McGonigle’s Dublin hammered his former charges Monaghan 5-18 to 0-6 in Emyvale.

Carla Rowe bagged a brace of goals, with Nicole Owens, Amy Ring and Niamh McEvoy also raising green flags for the rampant Metropolitans.

Armagh had a good 4-11 to 0-12 win over Kerry at Pearse Ógs with Aimee Mackin (2), Lauren McConville and Blaithin Mackin scoring the goals for the Orchard County.

In Division 2, there were victories for Cavan, Donegal, Laois and Clare while Offaly, Roscommon and Tipperary claimed wins in Division 3.

Wicklow hammered Carlow in Division 4, with Limerick and Longford running up big scores in their victories over Louth and Derry respectively.

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