Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Begley bags a treble on day of goals galore

Tyrone and Monaghan netted nine Division one goals between them during Easter weekend ladies league exchanges.

The Red Hand girls boosted their Tesco Division One survival hopes with a convincing 5-7 to 0-10 success over Donegal in Augher's Fr Hackett Park.

Donegal visited Augher on a special day that commemorated the contribution of local man Sean McElroy to the general development of ladies football. The sense of occasion on Easter Saturday certainly inspired Tyrone.

Gemma Begley bagged a brace of penalties after her opening goal from play to collect a hat-trick on the day, the Carrickmore player adding two points for good measure. Cathy Donnelly and Shannon Quinn later hit majors for a Tyrone team that led 3-2 to 0-4 at half-time.

Joline Donnelly(0-3), Mairead Conwell and Mary Cassidy also got among the home points, with Geraldine McLaughlin, Karen Guthrie and Eilish Ward keeping Donegal in relative touch. Those Tyrone goals, though, decided matters.

Division One table-toppers Monaghan made the Easter Sunday trip down to Dublin and maintained their impressive run by virtue of a resounding 4-15 to 1-5 success.

Catriona McConnell made a second half return from injury for the visitors and scored a point, but her side were well clear by this stage thanks to blasting four first half goals past the Dubs.

Ciara McAnespie claimed two of the Monaghan goals, Theresa McNally and Caoimhe Mohan notching singles. Ellen McCarron contributed six away points.

Galway packed too much scoring power for Fermanagh in Division Two, however, Armagh continued their good form with a one-point triumph at home to Tipperary.

Cavan lost to Kerry in Division Two, although Down netted six goals in recording a clear-cut Division Three win against Wicklow.

Antrim defeated Limerick in Division Four to wrap up a pretty productive Easter weekend from an Ulster perspective.

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