Ladies Football: Provincial Finals Round-Up
Kerry 1-16 Cork 1-15
KERRY denied Cork a tenth consecutive Munster title following a thrilling battle in Castletownroche on Saturday, July 13.
Cork’s Geraldine O’Flynn had a late chance to level proceedings, but her free agonisingly hit the upright, with the ladies from the Kingdom now progressing to the All-Ireland quarter-finals.
It was a sensational finish to a thrilling game, with Cork gunning for revenge following their defeat to Kerry earlier this summer in the championship.
However, Kerry started brightly and led 0-7 to 0-5 after just 20 minutes, with Cork missing a number of opportunities. At the half-time whistle, Kerry held the narrowest of leads, 0-7 to 0-6.
Breige Corkery goaled for the Rebelettes, only for Patrice Dennehy to net for Kerry minutes later. Cork keeper Martina O’Brien pulled off a flurry of fantastic saves to keep her side in contention, but alas it wasn’t to be.
Kerry now march forward to the All-Ireland quarter-finals, with Cork now having to prepare for the qualifier series.
Dublin 3-14 Meath 0-09
Dublin recorded a comfortable 3-14 to 0-09 victory over Meath on Saturday, July 13 to retain their Leinster title.
The ladies from the capital opened up a half-time lead of 2-6 to 0-6 thanks to two goals from Lindsay Peat.
Meath never stopped battling, with scores from Bridgetta Lynch, Katie O’Brien and Aedin Murray keeping their side in contention.
But Dublin completely dominated the second half, with Noelle Healy excelling (she was later awarded the Player of the Match award).
Alas, it wasn’t to be for Meath, and Dublin star forward Sinead Aherne sealed their victory with a third goal in the second half.
Galway 0-16 Mayo 0-09
Galway retained their Connacht title on Sunday, July 14 following their win over Mayo at Tuam Stadium.
Played in sweltering conditions, Edel excelled for the Galway ladies, notching up 0-6 for her side and ensuring that her side held onto their title.
Mayo battled hard and despite impressive performances from Cora Staunton (0-5) and Aileen Gilroy (1-3), it wasn’t enough as Galway’s defence were rock solid.
The Tribeswomen led 0-6 to 0-1 midway through the first half, but the aforementioned Gilroy came to the fore for Mayo to give her side a fighting chance.
But the Galway ladies never surrendered their half-time lead (0-9 to 1-3), and continued their dominance in the second half to claim victory in sun-soaked Tuam.
Monaghan 4-16 Tyrone 1-10
There were no surprises in the Ulster final on Sunday, July 14 as Monaghan recorded a comfortable 4-16 to 1-10 win over Tyrone.
Played in perfect conditions in Celtic Park, both sides were neck and neck after 15 minutes, 0-5 apiece. However, the Monaghan girls held a half-time advantage of 2-6 to 0-5 thanks to goals from Therese McNally and Caoimhe Mohan.
The aforementioned Mohan finished with a final tally of 1-5, with her side notching up 1-7 without reply in the second half.
Tyrone forward Gemma Begley impressed for her side, and despite ending up on the losing team, scored 1-5 for her team. Her goal 11 minutes from the end gave Tyrone a fighting chance, but Cora Courtney netted for Monaghan in their next attack to put the result beyond doubt.
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