Long-serving Down forward Kyla Trainor played a key role at both ends of the pitch in helping her team qualify for the TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Semi-finals.
The joint-captain scored 1-3 as Down surged into a ten-point lead against Sligo at Clones but Kyla was then required to help out in defence when the lead was reduced to just one point in the closing stages.
Kyla will need to be in top form against Connacht opposition again as they face Leitrim this weekend in their TG4 Intermediate Semi Final
‘She’s a class act’ says Down manager Mark Copeland. ‘Kyla has been with the Senior team for 13 years and she’s a great leader, a brilliant player, a great asset to have and one we will look to for the semi-finals’.
Wexford Goals see them through
Wexford were amongst the first counties to make it through to the TG4 All Ireland Finals when they overcame their Leinster rivals, Louth in a tense TG4 All Ireland Junior Final. Goals were the difference for Wexford as they will now go on to meet New York in the final.
New York Reach TG4 All Ireland Final
New York returned to the TG4 Junior All Ireland Final after enjoying a fine victory over Derry in Ashford at the weekend. The New York ladies will feature in the final for the first time since 2011 when they meet Wexford in the decider on September 28th.
Their meeting with Derry was an action packed encounter with goals galore and all can be seen in this highlight package.
TG4 Junior Captains take part in Players as Pundits
The TG4 Junior All Ireland Semi Finals take place on Sunday in Ashbourne when Wexford meet Louth and New York take on Derry after making the journey across the Atlantic. The Junior captains took some time to speak with Jerome Quinn at Croke Park recently as they took part in Players as Pundits.
Down 'Lucky' to Survive Sligo Onslaught
Probably the most exciting finish to an inter-county game at the weekend was at St Tiernach’s Park in Clones where Sligo nearly snatched victory from Down in their TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Quarter-final.
Down led by ten points well into the second-half but Sligo reduced the gap to just one point and had late chances to win. In the end, the Mourne girls held out on a scoreline of 2-14 to 3-10.
‘The girls are absolutely devastated’ said Sligo manager Pat Costello. ‘They gave it everything but it wasn’t to be’.
Down manager Mark Copeland knew luck had been on his side. ‘If I’m honest, they were unfortunate not to draw or nick a win. We’re relieved but it’s about getting over the line and we’re pleased to be in the semi-finals’.
Costello now sees Down and Waterford as being Championship favourites, with Fermanagh a ‘dark horse’.
Players Become Pundits
The Second Round of the TG4 Championships take place this weekend with the Intermediate and Senior championships approaching the real business end.
Some of the players involved spoke to us about their hopes for the year and had their first go at being pundits.
See who these players think will win the championship and also a very important message from Fiona McHale.
Cork's Goal Rush
Cork reclaimed their Munster crown from Kerry after another close encounter but goals from Valerie Mulcahy and Grace Kearney were to prove to be the difference between the two counties. Here are the two majors that they scored.
Be the Difference. Be There
The TG4 Ladies Football Championships are getting underway throughout the country this Summer. The players have sacrificed so much and worked so hard as they make the journey through to the TG4 All Ireland Finals in Croke Park on September 28th.
Now the time has come for you to get behind you county. Be the Difference. Be There.
Player Profile- Johanna Maher (Westmeath)
Johanna Maher is one of the best players at Westmeath’s disposal as they prepare to get their TG4 Leinster Championship campaign underway against Dublin this weekend.
We caught up with Johanna a few weeks back where she talked football and predicted the championship winners for 2014.
Player Profile: Cora Courtney
Cora Courtney is one of the leading lights in Monaghan and Ladies football in general having received a TG4 All Star in 2013 and keeping up her fine form into 2014 as she was the only Monaghan player selected on the TESCO Homegrown Division 1 Team of the League.
The Donaghmoyne star took a bit of time to answer a few questions ahead of her Ulster Championship opener against Cavan this week. Cora has some interesting things to say about their preparations and about their great rivals Cork.
Player Profile- Lyndsey Davey (Dublin)
Dublin are ranked highly as TG4 All Ireland Senior Championship contenders following a bright league campaign with success to in the Aisling McGing U21 Final.
One of their undoubted stars is Lyndsey Davey. Davey has been playing championship football from a very young age winning an All Star award in 2005 and being part of the All Ireland winning Dublin team in 2010.
Davey has discovered some of her best form in 2014 and will be looking to bring it into championship starting against Kildare this weekend.
Lyndsay was grilled by our reporter, Jerome Quinn who found out her favourite player, toughest opponent and her skills outside football.
Begley Looks ahead to Championship
Tyrone get their 2014 Ulster Championship campaign underway this weekend when they face Armagh at the Athletic Grounds. This is sure to be a hotly contested match between two teams that have loads to prove as they look to achieve Ulster Championship glory.
Tyrone’s captain, Gemma Begley recently spoke to us about the championship and who she expects to be the real contenders for ~TG4 All Ireland glory
Great Day for the Daly's
The 2014 Tesco Homegrown Teams of the League Awards presentation in Croke Park turned out to be a very special night for the Daly family from Armagh.
Katie Daly was named as the winner of the Division 3 goalkeeper award on her 20th birthday while her Dad James picked up the Monthly Manager award for May.
See interviews with both Katie and James, and a report on the evening by Jerome Quinn for the LGFA.
Cunningham Delighted with Interprovincial win
Successful MMI Interprovincial winning manager, Paula Cunningham, gave a great interview after leading her Ulster side to their 3rd title in a row. Paula tells us how much it means to her to win this crown, how it helps her make up for previous disappointments and about her hopes for Ulster football in the coming years.
Ulster Claim MMI Interprovincial Title
Ulster completed a fantastic 3-in-a-row of MMI Interprovincial titles when they overcame Connacht in the final in Kinnegad at the weekend. Gemma Begley was the captain and scorer in chief for the 3-in-a-row winners.
Jerome Quinn captured the best of the action in these extended highlights from the tournament final.
Begley Proud to Lead Ulster to 3rd in a Row
Goalkeeping hero Linda Martin and goalscoring captain Gemma Begley react to Ulster’s third victory in-a-row at the MMI Group Interpros at Kinnegad on May 24.
‘It’s a great standard of football, the top inter-county players are all here’ said Begley after her team defeated Connacht in a top-quality decider by 2-8 to 2-7.
Monaghan’s Martin saved three penalties and scored one in a shoot-out to win a place in the Final and win a third medal. “I’ve been here for the three of them, playing with girls you’re usually playing against, it’s great to come together, it’s a great tournament’.
The report also includes superb goals scored by Cora Staunton and Aine Tighe for Connacht and Valerie Mulcahy for Munster.
Armagh Look to the Future
Armagh were the victors in the TESCO Homegrown National Football League Division 3 showdown with Waterford but after the final whistle thoughts immediately switched to the Championship and their meeting with Tyrone.
Manager James Daly and captain, Caroline O’Hanlon shared their thoughts with us immediately after their Division 3 victory
Dublin Will Be a Serious Force
Cork weathered an early Dublin storm to go on and win the 2014 TESCO Homegrown National Football League Division 1 title for the second year in a row last weekend. However, as thoughts turned to Championship the jubilant Rebellettes were under no illusions that Dublin have given them fair warning that they will be a force in the latter stages of the Championship.
Captain Sinead Leads Galway to Promised Land
Galway entered the TESCO Homegrown National Football League Division 2 Final as hot favourites following an unbeaten league campaign but they met a stubborn and talented Westmeath team who were determined to put in a good show.
Galway were never truly safe until they scored a third goal but in the end they did triumph. Captain, Sinead Burke, All Star Annette Clarke and Manager Barry Downey gave their reaction to finally achieving promotion to Division 1 after reaching the decider for the third year in a row.
TESCO Homegrown Finals Round Up
It was a brilliant day of football at Parnell Park for the TESCO Homegrown National Football League Finals. 6 counties arrived at the Dublin venue with hopes of victory but in the end only 3 could be successful.
Armagh claimed the Division 3 title as they accounted for Waterford thanks to a powerful first half performance, Galway claimed the Division 2 title after eventually shaking off a determined Westmeath challenge and the irrepressible Cork made it two in a row as they claimed their 8th Division 1 title.
Cork and Dublin Prepare for 1st Ever Final Meeting
Cork and Dublin will meet in the TESCO Homegrown Division 1 Final in Parnell Park on May 10th and remarkably it will be their first meeting in a senior final since 1988 and their first ever in a Division 1 decider. Cork are searching for their 8th Division 1 crown whilst Dublin are seeking their first ever title as this will be their maiden appearance in the decider.
Doireann O’Sullivan from Cork and Lyndsey Davey from Dublin spoke to Jerome Quinn about the upcoming matches and what it will mean to their counties if they should win.
TESCO Homegrown Division 2 Final Preview
Galway and Westmeath are set to do battle in the TESCO Homegrown Division 2 National Football League Final on Saturday at 2pm in Parnell Park. Galway’s Sinead Burke and Westmeath’s Johanna Maher are captains of their respective sides and they both spoke to Jerome Quinn to talk about their chances in the final and to answer the all important question- Who will wear Maroon?
Video: Preview of Division 3 Final Armagh v Waterford
The TESCO Homegrown National Football League Finals take place this weekend at Parnell Park with the action getting underway when Armagh and Waterford meet in the Division 3 Final at 12:15pm.
Armagh will start the match as favourites having reached the Division 3 final without having dropped a point but they will be very much on guard as they lost the 2013 decider to Down despite a similar record. Waterford met Armagh in the 2012 TG4 All Ireland Final where they suffered defeat so they will not lack in motivation for this encounter.
Armagh captain, Caroline O’Hanlon and Waterford captain, Michelle McGrath spoke to Jerome Quinn about the final, check out this video to get their views.
TESCO Homegrown NFL Finals Preview
See players from all six teams involved in Saturday’s Tesco Homegrown National League Finals take part in challenges at Parnell Park ahead of the games.
Doireann O’Sullivan (Cork), Lindsey Davey (Dublin), Sinead Burke (Galway), Johanna Maher (Westmeath), Caroline O’Hanlon (Armagh) and Michelle McGrath (Waterford) all joined in the craic and the photocall for Saturday.
LGFA President Pat Quill assesses the Division One Final between reigning champions Cork and Dublin who are appearing in their first ever League Final.
The Ladies Gaelic Football Association has taken it’s first step into video production ahead of the TESCO Homegrown National Football League Finals.
This superb new video features top players from Monaghan, Cork, Kerry and Dublin and shows the work that goes into becoming an elite ‘Homegrown Hero.’
We hope you like it? Tell us what you think on Twitter: @LadiesFootball or Facebook www.facebook.com/LadiesGaelicFootball
Ladies Gaelic Football as an intense and skillful sport. To be amongst the best takes Hard Work, Dedication, Focus and Commitment. Sinead Goldrick (Dublin), Valerie Mulcahy (Cork), Aislinn Desmond (Kerry) and Caoimhe Mohan (Monaghan) are amongst the best of the best. See what they do to become Homegrown Heroes! The TESCO Homegrown Division 1, 2 and 3 NFL Finals take place at Parnell Park in Dublin on Saturday, May 10th. Armagh play Waterford in Division 3 at 12:15. Galway play Westmeath at 2:00pm in Division 2 and Cork meet Dublin at 3:45pm in the Division 1 Final
Dublin Qualify for 1st Ever TESCO HG Division 1 League Final
Dublin Ladies made it a day of double delight for the county in the National League by qualifying for their first ever Tesco Homegrown NFL Final.
Gregory McGonigle’s new team defeated his former county Monaghan in a high-scoring thriller by 4-15 to 1-20. Lyndsay Peat scored three goals as Dublin led by 15 points in the second-half before a late Monaghan comeback.
Dublin will now play Cork in the decider at Parnell Park on Saturday week.
Video by Jerome Quinn.
Sharon Courtney from County Monaghan
Sharon Courtney from County Monaghan spoke to us at the launch of the TG4 Ladies Football All-Ireland Championship about their hopes this year.
Amy O’Shea speaks about Cork’s chances in the 2011 Championship.
Mayo captain Yvonne Byrne
Mayo captain Yvonne Byrne has already lifted the Connacht trophy but will the Brendan Martin Cup be going back west in 2011? Here she offers us an insight into her time as Mayo’s shot stopper…and ahead of their Quarter-Final clash with Kerry, no doubt the belly dancing, yoga and light reading will help her relax as she anticipated the challenge of the Kerry forward unit!
Meath captain Grainne Nulty
Meath captain Grainne Nulty gives us an insight into how she feels the TG4 Senior Championship will pan out
Catriona Cormican speaks about Galway’s chances in this year’s Championship
Tyrone's Neamh Woods
Tyrone’s Neamh Woods speaks about the 2011 TG4 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Bernie Breen speaks about Kerry’s chances in this year’s Senior Championship
Louth's Susan Byrne
Louth’s Susan Byrne speaks to us ahead of Louth’s TG4 All-Ireland Junior Championship campaign
Roscommon's Marla Candon
Roscommon’s Marla Candon speaks about Roscommon chances in this year’s TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Football Championship
London captain Louise Quinn
London captain Louise Quinn talking to Ladies Football TV ahead of the clash against Antrim.
Aisling Doonan from Cavan
Ahead of their clash with Longford , Aisling Doonan from Cavan talks to Ladies Football TV and gives her thoughts ahead of the TG4 Intermediate Championship amongst other things. She also gives huge shout outs to Donna English, Peter Canavan and Rory McIlroy amongst others!
Michelle Devanney from Longford
Michelle Devanney from Longford tips Westmeath to cause a stir in the TG4 Intermediate Championship – she talks about their focus for the championship.
Leitrim's Sinead Fowley
Leitrim’s Sinead Fowley talks to Ladies Football TV and gives her take on the upcoming year for Leitrim ahead of their clash with Limerick in the TG4 Intermediate Championship.
Yvette Moynihan from Limerick
Yvette Moynihan from Limerick gives us an insight into what it is like to mark Dymphna O’Brien on a weekly basis – Leitrim take note!! And IRFU take note…any deep tissue injuries to athletes like Tommy Bowe, Yvette is available!!
Waterford's Mary Foley
Waterford’s Mary Foley speaks to Ladies Football TV ahead of the Déise’s clash with Westmeath.
Dublin vs Kildare
All-Ireland champions Dublin will defend their crown against Kildare – in this clip we hear the thoughts of Jackies’ captain Cliodhna O’Connor ahead of the game and ahead of this year’s TG4 Senior Championship.
Kildare's Donna Berry
Kildare’s Donna Berry speaks to Ladies Football TV ahead of their do or die game against Dublin in Pearse Park
During the TG4 Champuionship Launch Maebh Moriarty spoke to Ladies Football TV.
Bernice Byrne from Sligo
Bernice Byrne from Sligo gives an insight into the movers and shakers in the TG4 Senior Championship and gives an interesting insight into the form team in the West.
Offaly's Patrice Stapleton
Offaly’s Patrice Stapleton gives a big shout out to “Asho” from Wicklow (she may be refering to Aisling Ní hAnnaidh?!) and also to Katie Taylor – so lots of love going to the Bray contingent from the Offaly camp!
Wicklow's Caitriona McKeon
Wicklow’s Caitriona McKeon talks to Ladies Football TV ahead of their campaign and having already secured a Leinster Title they will be hoping for further success over the coming months
The Lake County's Elaine Finn
The Lake County’s Elaine Finn who is still buzzing from her county’s first ever National Title earlier this year!
Tricia Melanaphy gives us an insight into how Fermanagh are approaching
Kathryn Boden, Bryansford and Down footballer (and Thorpedo fan!) outlines her views on the year ahead and offers us an insight into her own life outside of the pitch!
TG4 Champiosnhip - Aoife McDonnell
Donegal captain Aoife McDonnell interviewed at the TG4 Champiosnhip launch – as reigning All-Ireland Intermediate Champions it will be interesting to see how they fare Senior Championship
We recently held our TG4 Championship Launch in Croke Park. Check out some of the Action!