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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.

Rosie Crowe, Cavan, in action against Niamh Hegarty, Donegal.
Rosie Crowe, Cavan, in action against Niamh Hegarty, Donegal.
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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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