Ladies National Football round up.
by Jackie Cahill
FORMER champions Mayo are fighting against relegation in Division 1 of the Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League after suffering a third successive defeat on Sunday.
In a repeat of the 2009 final, holders Cork ran out 2-17 to 2-7 winners against the Westerners at Cork IT.
All four goals arrived in the opening half before the Leesiders, who led by 2-7 to 2-4 at half-time, cruised to a second win from three outings.
This fixture was postponed originally due to bad weather and after losing to Monaghan last weekend, Cork were anxious to bounce back with a victory here.
Valerie Mulcahy, who has been in scintillating form so far this season, was Cork's leading scorer again, finishing with a 1-6 haul.
The ace corner forward scored the game's opening goal but Mayo's two-goal star Triona McNicholas replied immediately as the sides traded goals in the early minutes.
Grace Kearney fired home a brilliant second goal for Cork before McNicholas struck again for Mayo, with Cora Staunton again providing the assist.
Staunton, who scored 0-5, including four from play, was denied by the woodwork on two occasions but her influence diminished in the second half as Cork gained a firm grip.
Annie Walsh, the returning Bríd Stack and experienced midfielder Juliet Murphy led the Cork charge against a Mayo team still finding its feet under new manager Jason Taniane.
In Division 3, Fermanagh joined Clare on top of the table with a resounding 4-15 to 0-7 victory against Limerick at Ahane on Saturday.
The hosts badly missed star forward Dymphna O'Brien, who was exam-tied, while defender Alva Neary was also absent.
Fermanagh took full advantage to claim a 20-point win, as Nuala McManus led the way in the scoring stakes with 2-2.
McManus, a minor player of rich potential, has recently joined the Erne County's senior squad.
At half-time, Fermanagh led by 2-5 to 0-4 and the winners outscored their outclassed opponents by 2-10 to 0-3 in the second half.
The Little sisters, Caroline and Sharon, scored the other Fermanagh goals as the Ulster outfit remain firmly on course for promotion to Division 2.
In Division 4, Roscommon and Westmeath continue to lead the way after both counties recorded comfortable victories on Sunday.
Roscommon scored a 1-9 to 0-3 win against Louth at Kiltoom as Natalie McHugh top scored with 1-2.
Roscommon led by 0-7 to 0-0 at half-time and although Louth got off the mark in the second half, they were too far behind to launch a meaningful fightback.
On their visit to Thomastown, Westmeath experienced few difficulties as they defeated hosts Kilkenny by 3-17 to 1-3.
A big wind favoured Kilkenny in the first half and they put up a creditable showing before the break, going in 1-3 to 2-6 in arrears.
Captain Elaine Finn, Karen Hegarty and Ruth Kearney scored the Lake County goals as Jenny Reddy raised Kilkenny's green flag in the first half.
Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League Division 1:
Cork 2-17 Mayo 2-7
Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League Division 3:
Limerick 0-7 Fermanagh 4-15
Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League Division 4:
Roscommon 1-9 Louth 0-3
Kilkenny 1-3 Westmeath 3-17