Report By Cóilín Duffy, Photo Credit Evan Logan
There were some big wins on the opening day of the Lidl Ladies Football League Division 1, but none bigger than Cork’s 14 point demolition of Munster rivals Kerry.
Cork signalled their early intent to reclaim their league crown in 2018 with a 2-17 to 0-9 win.
Aine O’Sullivan and Louise Ni Mhuircheartaigh traded early scores, but despite Cork playing against a strong wind, an Orla Finn score handed them a lead they wouldn’t relinquish at Knocknagoshel.
Eimear Scally, Doireann and Brid O’Sullivan added further to Cork’s lead, with the visitors leading 0-7 to 0-4 at half-time.
Wind assisted Cork took over on the restart with Aine O’Sullivan bagging a 33rd minute goal.
Brid O’Sullivan added Cork’s second goal late on, on the way to a 14-point win.
The Rebelettes victory was one of two away wins in the Division, with TG4 All-Ireland Champions Dublin taking a 2-5 to 0-7 win over Donegal in Letterkenny.
First half goals from Niamh McEvoy and Rebecca McDonnell set the Jackies on their way at O’Donnell Park.
McEvoy netted Dublin’s opening goal after Donegal goalkeeper Laura Gallagher was caught out by a high dropping ball.
McDonnell cut through for Dublin’s second major, after a scramble on the edge of the square.
Donegal weren’t without goal chances of their own, but Sarah Jane McDonald failed to connect with Karen Guthrie’s low delivery.
The hosts only managed two first half points, but improved on the restart, however they struggled without Geraldine McLaughlin.
Guthrie fired five points, three from frees, with Yvonne Bonner claiming a brace of scores, but she found herself far from goals for most of this game.
Galway had a big win over Monaghan by 4-10 to 2-6 at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence in Bekan.
Aided by a stiff first half wind, the Tribeswomen led by 4-5 to 2-2 at the interval.
The Ulster outfit drew first blood however and burst out of the blocks thanks to a Louise Kerly penalty goal, following a foul on Ciara McAnespie.
But Galway responded with 3-3 in a 14-minute spell. Ailbhe Davoren, Tracey Leonard and Leanne Coen all finding the back of the net.
Rosemary Courtney ended an 18-minute scoreless streak for Monaghan, but Mairead Seoighe bagged another Galway goal from the resulting kick-out.
Shauna Coyle netted Monaghan’s second goal to keep them afloat, but Galway dug deeper.
Nicola Ward and Tracey Leonard on target.
Monaghan were wind assisted on the restart, and tried to keep the score-board ticking over.
Galway had some bad wides, but the sinbinning of Monaghan full-back Hazel Kingham halted her sides progress, as Galway powered to a ten-point victory.
Also in Mayo, Peter Leahy’s debut as Mayo manager got off to a winning start with an 0-11 to 0-7 win over his native Westmeath.
Sisters Grace and Niamh Kelly contributed seven points between them for the winners at a windswept Swinford.
Mayo led by 0-7 to 0-2 at half-time, with Sinead Cafferkey, Sarah Tierney and Aileen Gilroy also impressing.
Sarah Dolan and Maud Annie Foley claimed Westmeath’s first half scores, both in the opening quarter.
The hosts improved even more on the restart, despite the efforts of Foley, Johanna Maher and others for Westmeath.