Review: Lidl NFL Div 1 Week 7

Donegal were relegated to Division 2. Kerry ended Galway’s unbeaten run in what was a dress rehearsal for the Division 1 Final.

Cork 2-08 Meath 0-11

First half goals from Libby Coppinger and Eimear Kiely helped Cork to a three point win over Meath at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday afternoon.

With those two goals Cork enjoyed a six point lead at the break – 2-4 to 0-5. Doireann O’Sullivan also hit the crossbar with her effort in the first half.

Meath introduced Emma Duggan for the second half. A point from Olivia Callan near the end cut the gap to just two points but Kiely got a point late on to secure the win for Cork.

Donegal 3-02 Mayo 5-09

Mayo retained their Division 1 status for 2023 but relegated Donegal to Division 2. The Ulster side finished bottom of the table with no points from the seven games.

Donegal were dealt a blow early on when Rachel Kearns scored Mayo’s first goal. When Lisa Cafferky got their third goal in the 24th minute the lead was 11 points. A goal just before the break gave them a 4-5 to 0-1 lead.

Donegal came back at Mayo in the second half and scored three goals but the start the Connacht side had made to the game was crucial as they finished their league campaign with a win. 

Galway 0-17 Kerry 3-11

In what was a dress rehearsal for their Division 1 final Kerry came out on top over Galway in Tuam this afternoon. The result saw Galway lose their unbeaten record.

Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh scored 2-3 for the Kingdom in a fine performance. Those two goals helped Kerry to a 2-5 to 0-8 lead at half-time.

Kerry made changes and the substitutions made an impact. Galway, though, refused to lie down and fought back but it wasn’t enough as they fell to their first league defeat.

Dublin 5-08 Waterford 0-07

Dublin ended the league with a comprehensive win over Waterford at Parnell Park this afternoon. Orlagh Nolan scored a hat-trick of goals in a fine win for Mick Bohan’s charges.

Nolan grabbed her first goal from the penalty spot and added a second a few minutes later. Ellen Gribben got a third goal for the Dubs to give them a 3-5 to 0-3 lead going in at the interval.

Kate Sullivan scored 1-2 in the second half while Nolan completed her hat-trick in the 53rd minute as the Dubs finished third in the table.

Deniese is a freelance sports journalist/broadcaster. She has worked for several local and national media outlets. GAA and soccer are her great loves and she also follows rugby league and snooker. She's a big supporter of her local clubs St. Mary's GAA Granard and Longford Town. She also follows Celtic, Liverpool and Leeds Rhinos. She presented and produced a popular sports podcast last year where she interviewed Ray Houghton, Chris Kamara and John Hartson. Deniese is currently Head of Communications for Boccia Ireland

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