MAYO ladies senior footballers got their championship aspirations back on track following their big win over Westmeath in the final qualifying round played in Pearse Park, Longford, on Saturday.
Once again, the Mayo star was Cora Staunton, who ended the game scoring four goals and eight points out of her side’s total of 5-11.
This victory was a welcome boost to the entire squad as it came after their below par performance against Galway in the Connaught final last month.
Their reward for this latest win is an All-Ireland quarterfinal clash against Munster champions Kerry next Saturday week.
Against Westmeath, the Mayo ladies put on a five-star show, where they dominated every sector from the throwin.
By half time they had already booked their place in the last eight as they led by 4-7 to 0-4.
With only two minutes gone, underdogs Westmeath, who were always going to have an uphill battle, were left with a mountain to climb as they already trailed by two goals.
The game was only a minute old when good combination work between Sarah and Deirdre Doherty ended with Lisa Cafferky crashing home a brilliant goal.
It was the kind of start Peter Clarke’s charges wanted and it got better 60 seconds later when Cora Staunton cut in from the left wing before placing the ball in the top corner of the net, past the helpless Westmeath goalkeeper, Niamh Mulligan.