By Darren Kelly
ROISIN LEONARD SCORED 0-5 and Galway superior to the Lidl NFL Division 1 Remaining after a one-point victory over Connacht rivals Mayo in MacHale Park, Castlebar.
4 unanswered factors by two Kate Slevin frees, Eva Noone and Ailbhe Davoren proved decisive after Mayo struck two targets from Tara Needham and Rachel Kearns.
The heavy circumstances made settling troublesome as each groups tried to orchestrate scoring positions by regularly transferring up the sphere. Nonetheless, it led to dropped possibilities and wides, particularly on a Galway facet that kicked 4 within the opening quarter.
A pin-point ball on 13 minutes delivered the opening level because the hosts made the breakthrough. Lisa Cafferky held play earlier than Fiona McHale despatched the ball in the direction of aim.
Kearns’ involvement compelled a defender to collide with Galway keeper Karen Connolly and Needham stroked the ball house
Nonetheless, Galway reacted effectively and have been again on stage phrases inside 5 minutes. Regardless of earlier misses, Leonard received off the mark on the quarter-hour and added one other positioned ball inside 60 seconds.
A 3rd alternative on 18 minutes levelled affairs and with the radar in full circulation now, a fourth free on 22 minutes put Galway forward for the primary time.
Nonetheless, it will be three minutes later earlier than the Tribeswomen received their first from play and rising in confidence; Louise Ward equipped Olivia Divilly to register one other level.
Mayo sensed the urgency and Needham replied three minutes later, earlier than Eva Noone put Galway 0-6 to 1-1 up on 40 minutes.
The tempo was choosing up even when the climate wasn’t enhancing. Substitute Deirdre Doherty transformed a Mayo free in added-time earlier than Kearns arrange Needham to equalise.
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Rachel Kearns spearheaded Mayo’s problem.
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However Leonard’s fifth free gave the guests a 0-7 to 1-3 interval benefit.
Eva Noone’s free and Aoife Molloy stretched the benefit to 3 after the restart however on 36 minutes, Mayo received a lifeline when Kearns reacted rapidly to take a supply from the fitting earlier than slotting in a second aim.
It was the equaliser and 5 minutes after, Shauna Howley performed a one-two with Sinead Cafferky to place the hosts in entrance.
Mayo wanted a end result to safe their high flight standing however Galway then kicked their 4 late factors to go three forward. Kearns landed a late Mayo double, leaving one between them.
However the draw they wanted didn’t occur setting them up for a relegation showdown with Donegal subsequent week. For Galway, they’ll have a gown rehearsal with Kerry in Spherical 7 earlier than the 2 groups meet within the league decider subsequent month.
Scorers for Galway: R Leonard 0-5 (5f), E Noone 0-3 (2f), Okay Slevin 0-2 (2f), O Divilly 0-1, A Molloy 0-1, A Davoren 0-1.
Scorers for Mayo: T Needham 1-2, R Kearns 1-2 (1f), D Doherty 0-1 (1f), S Howley 0-1.
GALWAY: Okay Connolly; Okay Geraghty, S Ni Loingsigh, E Gavin; C Cooney, N Ward, A Molloy; A Davoren, O Divilly; L Coen, E Noone, L Noone; R Leonard, L Ward, Okay Slevin.
Subs: S Divilly for Leonard (HT), H Noone for Cooney (45), S Brennan for Molloy (45), A Ni Cheallaigh for Geraghty (47), A O’Rourke for Coen (55).
MAYO: L Brennan; E Ronayne, S Lally, D Caldwell; C Needham, F McHale, Okay Sullivan; A Geraghty, S Cafferky; S Walsh, S Howley, T O’Connor; L Cafferky, R Kearns, T Needham.
Subs: D Doherty for Walsh (21), M Cannon for McHale (47), M Reilly for Howley (54), S Mulvihill for L Cafferky (54), H Reape for O’Connor (60).
Referee: G Chapman (Sligo).
By Aisling Clery
Lauren McGregor’s late strike was essential as Waterford defeated reigning Lidl NFL Division 1 champions, Meath, in a rain-sodden Ballinlough.
Kellyann Hogan added six factors over the hour as Pat Sullivan’s costs claimed their third win of the marketing campaign.
Meath had been six factors clear on the break however a rejuvenated Waterford efficiency within the second half stored the Royals to only a single second half level, whereas laying siege to their defence on the different finish. McGregor discovered the web on 54 minutes for the Déise and so they held on to assert an necessary win.
The holders did get off to a great begin dominating possession with Stacey Grimes and Niamh O’Sullivan placing them right into a two-point lead after 9 minutes. Nonetheless, Hogan levelled issues with an excellent lengthy distance strike halfway by the half.
The Royals have been working arduous and have been rewarded when O’Sullivan discovered the web and added some extent a minute later to push them right into a four-point benefit. For all their arduous work although, retaining possession proved to be a problem and the Deise have been fast to assault the free ball.
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AFLW star Vikki Wall featured for Meath for the primary time this season.
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Hogan and McGregor each discovered their vary, sandwiching a superb excessive curling effort from Aoibhín Cleary. Cleary’s darting runs into the defence have been inflicting issues and simply earlier than the half-time whistle it paid off as her preliminary effort rebounded and Amy O’Leary was readily available to faucet house a second aim for the house facet to go away them 2-4 to 0-4 to the nice on the break.
Scores have been harder to return by after the interval however Lauren McGregor and Bríd McMaugh transformed to go away simply 4 between the groups.
Waterford’s relentless stress on the Royal defence started to take its toll and Hogan’s free alongside some extent from play made it a two-point sport with 10 minutes left to play.
Whereas Meath did deliver on Emma Duggan and Vikki Wall, Waterford have been in management and McGregor was readily available to complete to the web when a mixture up within the Meath defence left them susceptible.
Hogan added an additional level to make sure a two-point cushion and whereas Duggan did get some extent from a free proper on the finish, the end result was by no means unsure.
Scorers for Waterford: Okay Hogan 0-6 (4f), L McGregor 1-2, B McMaugh 0-1.
Scorers for Meath: N O’Sullivan 1-2, A O’Leary 1-0, A Cleary 0-1, S Grimes 0-1, E Duggan 0-1 (1f).
WATERFORD: E O’Brien; C Murray, M Dunford, A Murray; E Energy, E Murray, Kate McGrath; Okay Hogan, A Waring; A O’Neill, A Fitzgerald, C McCarthy; Karen McGrath, B McMaugh, L McGregor.
Subs: C Hynes for Fitzgerald (36), N Energy for McCarthy (36), N Whelan for Waring (48), Okay Murray for O’Neill (48).
MEATH: R Murray; A Sheridan, MK Lynch, Okay Newe; N Gallogly, S Ennis, A Cleary; M O’Shaughnessy, A Minogue; M Thynne, A Sherlock, C Smyth; A O’Leary, S Grimes, N O’Sullivan.
Subs: A O’Dowd for Smyth (30), E Duggan for O’Leary (40), S Melia for Ennis (42), A McCabe for Minogue (48), V Wall for Sherlock (48).
Referee: Maggie Farrelly (Cavan).