Ladies' look for third time lucky

Ladies Football: National Football League

High scoring: Cora Staunton has been hitting big scores for Mayo so far, but they still have to pick up a win. Photo: Sportsfile

High scoring: Cora Staunton has been hitting big scores for Mayo so far, but they still have to pick up a win. Photo: Sportsfile

The Mayo ladies make another long trek to Ulster this weekend in search of their first win in the National Football League, on Sunday they will head to Clonmore to take on Armagh in round three of the competition. To date, Mayo have lost to both Galway and Monaghan in their opening two games and after a weekend off they will be looking to get their league campaign back on track against the Orchard County.

While Mayo were going down to their second loss in the last round, the Armagh ladies' were pulling off a major shock when they saw off Cork by three points at home, inflicting a first defeat on Ephie Fitzgerald’s All-Ireland winners in a year.  That win was back-boned by a brace of points from both Sinead Finnegan and Fionnuala McKenna, with other scores coming from Eva Lavery, Lauren McConville and Caroline O'Hanlon. 

Mayo will be looking to shake off the disappointment of letting a seven-point lead slip against Monaghan last time out and ending up losing the game to a Caoimhe Mohan goal four minutes into injury time to go down on a score of 3-9 to 1-14 in St Tiernach's Park in Clones. Mayo had led that game by 1-8 to 0-4 at the break, with Cora Staunton hitting 1-6 in the opening half and hour. Staunton would go on to add another five points in the second half, to finish up with an amazing tally of 1-11. Ciara McAnespie found the back of the net early in the second half for Monaghan, but Mayo were still in a strong position as the game went down the home straight, but a Eimear McAnespie goal kick started the Farney girls' response and they pulled level, only for Mayo to stretch out their lead to two points once again thanks to points from Staunton and Sarah Rowe. However they were caught right at the death by Mohan's strike.

Mayo are currently one of just two sides without any points to show for their efforts so far this season alongside Kerry and with a home game against Cork coming up next weekend, they'll be looking to get some points on the board before the arrival of the All Ireland champions, to ensure they are not in a relegation battle going into the last three games in their league season.

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