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Tyrone girls step it up to claim a place in semi-final

By Dermot Donnelly

Tyrone and Cavan ladies have booked round two All-Ireland senior qualifier ties with Monaghan and Laois respectively following weekend wins.

Tyrone came through a potentially tricky tussle with the Lily Whites by 3-17 to 1-13 and produced their best display of the season in the process.

Cara McCrossan netted a 22nd minute goal as the Red Hand girls established an interval advantage of 1-11 to 0-4, Gemma Begley and Cathy Donnelly to the forefront in terms of points.

Meath rallied after the restart as an Elaine Dillon goal plus points from Grace Clifford and Moira Moolick narrowed the gap. Tyrone, though, booted home Begley and Alana McShane majors to wrap up an encouraging win.

The Red Hands can look forward to renewing acquaintances with neighbours Monaghan as they seek further championship progress in early August.

Last year's All-Ireland intermediate champions Cavan, meanwhile, met Meath in the latter's home patch and emerged with a hard earned 1-15 to 0-13 victory.

Just two points divided the teams at half-time on 1-6 to 0-7, Cavan's goal coming courtesy of Geraldine Sheridan after Breffni keeper Caron Foy had saved a Katie O'Brien spot-kick.

O'Brien and Bridgette Lynch scores helped to keep Meath in touch but Clara O'Reilly posted seven points overall as Cavan clinched a round two tussle with Laois.

In Birr, Westmeath ran out 1-13 to 0-10 winners against Clare, with Maud Annie Foley bagging 0-7 for the winners. Ruth Kearney scored the crucial Westmeath goal.

In the curtain raiser at St Brendan's Park, Tipperary's intermediates ran out 1-14 to 1-11 winners against Wicklow.

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC round 2 draw: Cavan v Laois, Tyrone v Monaghan, Westmeath v Mayo, Donegal v Kerry

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