TG4 All-Ireland intermediate championship quarter final pairings confirmed

TG4 ladies intermediate championship

By DARAGH SMALL

Last year’s beaten finalists and one of the favourites to land the title this time around, Tyrone, will face Wexford in the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Football Championship quarter-finals.
Wexford were promoted from Division 3 of the Lidl National Football League this year but Anthony Masterson’s side must prepare for a clash with the Group 2 table-toppers.
Clare, who lost the intermediate final in 2016, finished at the summit of Group 3 with maximum points, and will aim for another semi-final berth when they play Meath next time out.
Connacht champions Roscommon will face Laois, who finished runners-up in Group 1. And their conquerors Sligo play Wicklow, after Offaly were knocked out following their defeat to Tyrone.
Tyrone will prove difficult to stop after they secured a massive 7-17 to 1-10 win at the Mullahoran GAA grounds in Cavan. It was a game they controlled from start to finish with Maria Canavan scoring 2-6.
The Red Hands were already in charge at the break and they held a 3-4 to 0-4 advantage at half-time with the goals scored by Aisling O’Kane, Canavan (penalty) and Niamh O’Neill.
Tyrone continued to dominate on the resumption and Canavan doubled her tally to push them clear. Further goals arrived courtesy of Lycrecia Quinn, Neamh Woods and Emma Hegarty and they advanced.
Their opponents in the next round fell to a disappointing 5-11 to 3-9 defeat at the hands of Clare at Cahir in Tipperary. The win secured top spot in Group 3 for Clare and Fidelma Marrinan was on fire with a personal tally of 3-3.
Clare held a narrow 2-7 to 1-5 advantage at half-time but surged clear afterwards. Clare captain Laurie Ryan scored both of their first half goals while Caitriona Murray kept Wexford in touch.
Bernie Breen and Aisling Murphy added further strikes for Wexford in the second half but a hat-trick from Marrinan did the damage.
Roscommon had a massive 4-17 to 2-9 win over Fermanagh in Mullahoran. Michael Finneran’s troops were 1-7 to 1-4 ahead at the break. Sinead Smyth’s penalty was cancelled out by Jenny Downey. But Laura Fleming bagged two goals in the second half and Roisin Wynne completed the win.
Sligo were 2-13 to 1-13 winners against Laois in Kinnegad. Laura Ann Laffey pushed Sligo into a 1-6 to 0-6 half-time advantage. Elaine O’Reilly also found the net in the second half with Ciara Burke pulling a goal back for Laois.
Meanwhile, Kildare collected their first victory in Group 3, running out 5-21 to 3-5 winners against Down, who finished pointless.
Roisin Byrne scored the first half goal for Kildare. She completed her hat-trick after half-time, while Grace Clifford was also on target twice.
In the TG4 All-Ireland Junior Championship London were narrow winners, 3-13 to 2-14, against Antrim at Musgrave Park in Belfast, in their Group A Round 2 tie.

Results – Sunday July 29

TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Championship 2018

TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Championship – Group 1 – Round 3
Sligo 2-13 Laois 1-13

TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Championship – Group 3 – Round 3
Down 3-5 Kildare 5-21

TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Championship – Group 2 – Round 3
Tyrone 7-17 Offaly 1-10

TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Championship – Group 4 – Round 3
Roscommon 4-17 Fermanagh 2-9

TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Championship – Group 3 – Round 3
Clare 5-11 Wexford 3-9

TG4 All Ireland Junior Championship 2018

TG4 All Ireland Junior Championship – Round 2 Group A
Antrim 2-14 London 3-13

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies IFC quarter-final pairings:

Sligo v Wicklow
Tyrone v Wexford
Clare v Meath
Roscommon v Laois.

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