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GAA: GOALS MAKE IT EASY FOR THE MAYO LADIES; MAYO 3-6 WATERFORD 0-14 - ALL-IRELAND LADIES FINAL.

MAYO clinched this year's All Ireland Ladies Senior football title when they overcame holders Waterford by the narrowest of margins, in a keenly contested final at Croke Park, yesterday.

The Connacht girls tallied three goals in the process including a penalty. Their top scorer was full- forward, Cora Staunton, who proved to be a firebrand on the day, chalking up 2-2.

Meanwhile the Munster side could not find the Mayo net, their top scorers on the day being: left-half forward Catrina Casey and left-corner forward Geraldine O'Ryan, with three points apiece for a total of 14 points.

Waterford opened the scoring after two minutes with a point from 25 metres from midfielder Mary O'Donnell, which appeared to go wide but was awarded by both umpires after some hesitation.

Four minutes later, Mayo opened their scoring with the first of Staunton's points from a 25 metre free.

Waterford took the lead, two minutes later with a point from right-half forward Niamh Barry, from 20 metres out.

A minute later, they stretched their lead with the first of three frees from Casey, this one in front of the posts.

Mayo replied six minutes later with a point from right-corner forward Diane O'Hara, from 20 metres out.

Four minutes before the break, Mayo struck for their first goal when Staunton received a neat pass from left-corner forward Sabrina Bailey and cut through the cover to shoot in from close range to the top right hand corner of the net.

Two minutes later, Waterford grabbed their fourth point with a 30 metre free from Casey, that was followed two minutes later by a point for Mayo from midfielder Marcelle Hessernan.

Waterford finished off the first half scoring with a 16 metre free from full forward Clare Ryan, leaving Mayo three points ahead at the break.

Four minutes after the break, Mayo narrowed the gap with a close range point from Hefferman, but two minutes later Waterford restored their advantage with another point from a Casey free.

Seconds later and Waterford pointed again through another from open play by substitute left-half forward Aoife Murphy.

Waterford tagged on two more points, courtesy of O'Ryan and another Casey free.

Then, two minutes later, Mayo struck for their second go when captain and right-half forward Maria Staunton was pulled down in the area by Waterford fullback Angie Walsh. Left-half back Yvonne Byrne slotted the resulting penalty.

Waterford came back with a point from captain and centre-forward Rebecca Hallahan, But Mayo replyied shortly after with another Heffernan point.

Waterford replied with a point from left-half back Julie-Ann Torpey and then Mayo struck back with a point from Cora Staunton two minutes before the end.

A minute later, Staunton struck a high ball from outside the Waterford area, the ball looping under the bar over Waterford keeper Denise Horan, putting Mayo three points ahead.

Waterford desperately played catch-up with two quick points from O'Ryan from 30 metres out and then Hallahan from a 20 metre free.

Waterford missed a chance to grab an equaliser in injury time when right-corner back Marian Troy sent the ball just wide following a free from midfielder Mary O'Donnell.

But it was all too late and Mayo emerged as deserving winners.

MAYO: D Horan, N O'Shea, H Lohan, N Lally, O Casby, A Bohan, Y Byrne, M Heffernan, R Barrett, M Staunton (cap), C Heffernan, C Egan, D O'Hara, C Staunton, S Bailey. Subs D McDonagh for Bailey (38), ), I Mullarky for Casby (49).M O'Malley for M Staunton (58).

Waterford: S Hickey, M Troy, A Walsh, O Condon, B Hannigan, M O'Ryan, J A Torpey, A L Crotty, M O'Donnell, N Barry, R Hallahan (cap), C Casey, M O'Rourke, C Ryan, G O'Ryan. Subs: A Murphy for Casey (35), T Whyte for Hannigan (55).

Scorers: Mayo: C Staunton 2-2 (1 free), Y Byrne 1-0 (1 pen), M Heffernan 0-2, D O'Hara and C Heffernan 0-1.

WATERFORD: C Casey 0-3 (all frees), G O'Ryan 0-3, R Hallahan 0-2 (1 free), M O'Donnell, A Murphy, J Torpey, M O'Rourke, A Crotty 0-1 each, C Ryan 0-1 (1 free).

REFEREE: C Haughey (Carlow)

Moses Coffey's Wicklow footballers cleared the first hurdle of the All-Ireland B football championship yesterday without having to kick a ball.

Longford, who beat Wicklow in the Round Robin section of the Leinster championship by 2-12 to 1-10, gave a walk-over to Wicklow yesterday in their opening game of the All-Ireland B championship scheduled for Aughrim.

In the next round Wicklow will also have a home game against Louth who beat Waterford at the weekend by 1-11 to 1-8.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 2, 2000
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