Tyrone women win All-Ireland Intermediate title by beating Meath 6-8 to 1-14

Niamh Hughes is about to stroke in Tyrone's second goal at Croke Park
Niamh Hughes scored Tyrone's second goal after 10 minutes

Tyrone women's footballers clinched the All-Ireland Intermediate title as they romped to a 6-8 to 1-14 victory over a battling Meath team at Croke Park.

The Red Hand County's win atoned for last year's final defeat by Tipperary.

Goals from Neamh Woods, Niamh Hughes and Grainne Rafferty put Tyrone 3-1 to 0-1 ahead inside 15 minutes.

A mini-Meath comeback was snuffed out by Niamh O'Neill's fourth Tyrone goal before half-time and Woods and Gemma Begley added second-half goals.

Stacey Grimes converted a 53rd-minute Meath penalty to cut Tyrone's lead to nine but there were no further scores in the remaining seven minutes of action as the Red Hands completed a comprehensive success.

Photos from Tyrone's final victory over Meath

Niamh O'Sullivan kicked Meath into a third-minute lead but Tyrone responded emphatically as Woods palmed to the net after exchanging passes with Rafferty following a slick move also involving Begley.

Hughes then strode unchallenged through the Meath defence in the 10th minute before stroking in Tyrone's second goal and Rafferty's third Red Hand goal quickly followed after Emma Jane Gervin had rattled the Royals' woodwork moments earlier.

Tyrone's players and management celebrate after the county's All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Football triumph
Tyrone never looked in trouble against Meath at Croke Park

To their credit, Meath responded by hitting six of the next seven scores including four points from Grimes, which finished the match with a 1-5 tally.

But from only four down, Meath were dealt a hammer blow just before the break as Tyrone substitute Niamh O'Neill blasted to the net after a Chloe McCaffrey score.

Trailing by eight at half-time, Meath needed a fast start to the second period but instead the Red Hand immediately put the game to bed as Woods blasted in her second goal from close range after a brilliant run by Hughes.

For the remainder of the contest, Meath never got closer than nine in arrears.

Megan Thynne did miss a great goal chance for Meath on 41 minutes as her pointblank effort went over Shannon Lynch's bar.

Two Rafferty points helped Tyrone maintain their healthy lead with substitute Maria Canavan setting up Begley's goal with nine minutes remaining.

Grimes coolly slotted her Meath penalty after Hughes had brought down Aoibheann Leahy but the match was already long out of reach for the Royals.

Dublin beat Cork in senior final

Dublin clinched back-to-back senior titles as they defeated old rivals Cork 3-11 to 1-12.

Carla Rowe hit two of Dublin's goals as they had great attacking potency compared to a Rebels side that relied on Orla Finn's frees.

Rowe's goal in first-half injury time put the Dubs four ahead at the break and her second goal on 48 minutes gave them a cushion they never looked like losing.

Skipper Sinead Aherne scored Dublin's other goal in the first half before Aine O'Sullivan's lobbed effort for Cork briefly tied the scores at 1-4 apiece.

Limerick, meanwhile, won the junior title with a 5-6 to 0-8 win over Louth.

A record crowd of 50,401 attended Sunday's finals - up by almost 4,000 on last year's previous record.

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