Egan on the double as Jackies get off to impressive start
DUBLIN'S ladies footballers got their Bord Gáis Energy Division 2 campaign off to an impressive start yesterday beating Armagh comfortably by 2-17 to 1-4 in Swords as they began their assault on a return to the topflight with the best possible start.
The All-Ireland champions - who started with only two of the four defenders that played in last September's final - showed no visible signs of early season rust as they raced into a 0-8 to 0-3 lead by half-time though the Orchard County did manage to score the first goal of the match when Kelly Mallon pounced from close range after former All Star goalkeeper Cliodhna O'Connor had prevented a long-range free from going over the bar.
That strike merely served to harden Dublin's resolve further and substitute Orla Egan scored the first of her two goals 18 minutes after the restart.
Sineád Ahern contributed four points from play while Amy McGuinness, Lyndsey Davey, Noelle Healy and Elaine Kelly all enjoyed productive afternoons and Egan's second goal before the final whistle made absolutely sure of the result.
The Jackies play Tipperary in their next League match with the Premier county now desperately in search of points after going down by 2-17 to 1-7 to Kerry.
Cavan and Meath also started their Division 2 campaigns with wins, defeating Sligo and Waterford respectively.
In Division 1, Ulster champions, Monaghan, cruised to victory against beaten All-Ireland finalists, Tyrone, in Emyvale yesterday.
Caoimhe Mohan and Catriona McConnell struck for first-half goals for the Farney County who opened up a 2-7 to 0-5 point half-time lead and a string of seven unanswered points towards the end of the match saw Monaghan end up 2-14 to 0-7 winners.
Elsewhere in the top tier, Kildare beat Laois by 4-10 to 1-10 while Donegal were 4-13 to 2-9 victors over Galway.
In Division 3, Niamh O'Dea bagged a brace of goals for Clare as they opened their season with a 2-9 to 0-7 victory over Down while Leitrim beat Wexford and Wicklow had just a point to spare - 2-9 to 2-8 - over Longford.