Rosie Crowe, Cavan, in action against Niamh Hegarty, Donegal. Oliver McVeigh/SPORTSFILE
Semi Finals

Donegal and Westmeath to battle it out for Division 2 promotion after securing victories

Cavan and Clare were both on the end of losses in the Lidl Ladies National Football League today.

Cavan 0-6 Donegal 0-13
Westmeath 4-12 Clare 1-11

DONEGAL AND WESTMEATH will battle it out for promotion from Division 2 of the Lidl Ladies National Football League in a fortnight.

Relegated from the top flight two years ago, before losing the 2015 Division 2 final against Ulster rivals Armagh, Donegal can return to the elite if they see off Westmeath in the second tier showpiece.

Michael Naughton’s charges saw off Cavan by 0-13 to 0-6 in Beragh, Tyrone, in today’s semi-final with ace forward Geraldine McLaughlin on song once again.

There was an early let off for Donegal as Cavan missed a penalty but Yvonne McMonagle also had a goal disallowed for the winners.

Donegal maintained their unbeaten record in 2016 and will now hope to clinch promotion against Westmeath.

In Banagher, a first half goal blitz paved the way for Westmeath’s 4-12 to 1-11 victory over Clare.

Early points from Laura Walsh and Karen Hegarty got the ball rolling for the Lake County before Ruth O’Connor’s goal opened up a 1-4 to 0-0 lead in Banagher.

Johanna Maher looped a shot into the Clare net for Westmeath’s second goal and when Leona Archibald scored their third, the Lake County were 3-4 to 0-2 clear, with five of their six forwards on the scoresheet.

O’Connor netted her second to help establish a big interval lead, as Westmeath headed to the dressing rooms 4-6 to 0-3 clear.

Westmeath weathered a second half Clare storm to emerge victorious, as Gráinne Nolan scored the Banner County goal with 14 minutes left.

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