Orla Finn scored 1-9 for Cork today. Cathal Noonan/INPHO
the wait is over

Cork finally off the mark as red-hot Staunton maintains Mayo's 100 per cent start

Rebelettes boss Ephie Fitzgerald finally oversaw a win as Cora Staunton grabbed the winner for Mayo in a fiery Connacht derby with Galway.

SUPERSUB ORLA FINN bagged 1-9 as champions Cork finally secured their first victory of the 2016 Lidl Ladies National Football League campaign.

The Rebelettes demolished Tyrone by 2-21 to 1-3 in Mallow, handing new manager Ephie Fitzgerald that winning feeling following defeats to Mayo and Kerry.

Cork were 1-10 to 0-1 clear at half-time, with Aisling Hutchings grabbing the goal.

Finn came on at half-time and still managed to amass her big individual tally in the second half alone as Cork kept up the pressure on the Red Hands.

Tyrone managed a consolation goal from Grainne Rafferty but they were outclassed from start to finish and have now suffered big defeats in their opening games.

Elsewhere, Mayo made it three wins from three in a fiery Connacht derby against Galway.

Once again, Cora Staunton was Mayo’s leading scorer in a 2-8 to 1-10 victory over the hosts at Tuam Stadium.

Staunton, who shrugged off a first half injury, collected 0-8, including five frees, while Sarah Rowe and Aileen Gilroy netted for the winners.

Cora Staunton Cora Staunton was brilliant for Mayo again today and scored the winning point to see off Galway. James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

Galway finished the game with 14 players when Megan Heneghan was sent off for a heavy tackle on Rachel Kearns, while the Tribeswomen also had Roisin Leonard sin-binned in the second half.

Galway led by 0-5 to 0-4 on a sunny but cold afternoon before a dramatic second half ensued.

Rowe netted to level matters at 1-4 to 0-7 but Mayo fell five points behind when Mairead Seoige goaled for Galway with 11 minutes left.

Gilroy struck for a crucial Mayo goal to keep them in touch, trailing by 2-4 to 1-9, and the comeback was complete late on when Staunton grabbed the winning point to maintain her team’s 100 per cent record to date.

Meanwhile, Gergory McGonigle’s Dublin hammered his former charges Monaghan in Emyvale.

Carla Rowe Carla Rowe was in top form for Dublin today. Gary Carr / INPHO Gary Carr / INPHO / INPHO

The Sky Blues ran out 5-18 to 0-6 winners and this game was done and dusted by half-time as the visitors led by 5-7 to 0-4.

Carla Rowe bagged a brace of goals, with Nicole Owens, Amy Ring and Niamh McEvoy also raising green flags for the rampant Metropolitans.

Rowe finished as Dublin’s leading scorer, collecting 2-5, as Sinead Aherne helped herself to five points from play out of a 0-7 tally.

There was also a notable victory for Armagh against Kerry at Pearse Ógs.

The hosts won by 4-11 to 0-12 against the visiting Kingdom, with Aimee Mackin (2), Lauren McConville and Blaithin Mackin scoring the goals for the Orchard County.

In Division 2, there were victories for Cavan, Donegal, Laois and Clare while Offaly, Roscommon and Tipperary claimed wins in Division 3.

Wicklow hammered Carlow by 11-29 to 0-1 in Division 4, with Limerick and Longford running up big scores in their victories over Louth and Derry respectively.

Meanwhile, there was a dramatic end to today’s Ashbourne Cup camogie final, as UL claimed victory over UCC.

Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 results:

Cork 2-21 Tyrone 1-3
Galway 1-10 Mayo 2-8
Monaghan 0-6 Dublin 5-18
Armagh 4-11 Kerry 0-12 

Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 2 results:

Cavan 1-15 Westmeath 1-11
Sligo 2-4 Donegal 4-17
Laois 3-8 Meath 0-9
Clare 2-15 Kildare 1-6

Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3 results:

Down 2-11 Offaly 5-11
Roscommon 2-12 Leitrim 1-5
Tipperary 1-7 Wexford 0-6

Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 4 results:

Carlow 0-1 Wicklow 11-29
Limerick 2-18 Louth 0-1
Derry 3-7 Longford 8-17

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