Yvonne McMonagle scored two of the goals and Geraldine McLaughin one, in Donegal's big win over Cork, in Mallow.
Yvonne McMonagle and Geraldine McLaughlin were a class apart as Donegal defeated reigning league and All-Ireland champions Cork in Mallow on Sunday.
Cork . . . 0-12
Donegal. . . 3-16
Former All-Star McMonagle scored two of the goals and McLaughlin the other as Donegal completely overran the double champions.
Donegal got off to a flying start with two goals inside the opening seven minutes. Geraldine McLaughlin netted the first on five minutes for a 1-0 to 0-1 lead.
Two minutes later the locals were reeling when McMonagle struck for goal No. 2 for a rampant Donegal.
And when Niamh Hegarty quickly followed up with a point, Donegal led 2-3 to 0-3.
Both goalkeepers were busy. Martina O’Brien denied McMonagle a second goal from point blank range.
And shortly after Aoife McColgan was pulling off heroics at the other end when she saved a Rhona Ni Bhuachalla penalty.
Cork recovered to come more into the game but Donegal were still three up, 2-5 to 0-8, at half-time.
Donegal took control again on the resumption and when McMonagle netted her second and Donegal’s third they were on their way to a famous first victory over Cork.
The win moves Donegal into second place in the league table and a place in the Lidl Ladies National League semi-final.
Donegal also have a chance to go top of the table next weekend when they host Mayo in their final game.
In the league semi-finals the top team play the fourth team with the second playing the third placed team.
CORK: Martina O’Brien; Emma Spillane, Roisin Phelan, Eimear Meaney; Mairead Corkery, Roisin O’Sullivan, Shauna Kelly; Melissa Duggan, Louise Coholon; Ashling Hutchings, Brid O’Sullivan,Orla Farmer; Grace Kearney, Rhona Ni Bhuachalla, Orla Finn.
DONEGAL: Aoife McColgan; Treasa Doherty, Emer Gallagher, Nicole McLaughlin; Therese McCafferty, Ciara Hegarty, Kate Keaney; Katy Herron (0-1), Karen Guthrie (0-1); Yvonne McMonagle (2-4), Niamh Hegarty (0-2), Shannon McGroddy; Roisin Friel, Geraldine McLaughlin (1-6), Grainne Houston (0-1).
Subs: Eilish Ward (0-1), Kaneisha McKinney, Deirdre Foley, Caroline Gallagher, Lucy O’Flynn.