Concannon holds nerve to send Galway to decider.




Galway came out on top by the narrowest of margins against Kildare in the Tesco Home Grown NFL semi-final in Bannagher on Sunday. Roisin Leonard kicked Galway into a 2nd minute lead and 10 mins had passed before we had the next score and that was an equaliser for Kildare. However 2 goals by Aoibheann Daly and Edel Concannon and a point by Dierdre Brennan saw Galway take control by the 15th min.

Kildare were now begining to settle and great save by Johanna Connolly in the 22 min kept the Lillywhites score at a single point,and although the Galway No 1 pulled off another save in the 26th min, Kildare’s Gillian Behan drove the rebound home. Galway’s backs mis-judged the kickout and Maria Moolick got Kildare’s 2nd goal in as many minutes to bring them right back into the game.

H-T SCORE GALWAY 2-03  KILDARE 2-02 Galway made one change at half time with Marion Hernon replacing Amy Rohan but it was Kildare that started the better by getting 2 points in the first 2 mins. Galway took control and replied with 4 points to give them a 3 point lead after 10 mins. Kildare’s Stacy Cannon brought the margin back to 1 with 2 points by the 17th minute.

Roisin Leonard gave Galway some breathing space with a point but 2 frees by Aine Gately levaled things with 8 minutes left on the clock.Both sides had chances to win the game in the closing stages and an attack by Galway resulted in a free and Tuam/Cortoon’s Edel Concannon kept a cool head to send Galway into the final against Kerry on the 11th of May.


GALWAY: Johanna Connolly ,Amy Rohan, Rebecca McPhilbin, Nora Ward, Barbara Hannon, Emer Flaherty, Sinead Burke(Capt), Annette Clarke, Emma Curley, Geraldine Conneally, Dierdre Brennan(0-01), Aoibheann Daly(1-01), Lorna Joyce(0-01), Roisin Leonard(0-03), Edel Concannon(1-02,2 frees).

SUBS: Marion Hernon for Amy Rohan, Lucy Hannon(0-01) for Lorna Joyce, Gillian O Connor for Geraldine Conneally, Claire Heiher for Emma Curley, Marie Brennan for Dierdre Brennan.

KILDARE: Mary Hulgraine, Kiri Lowry, Aisling Savage, Paula Keately, Brianne Leahy, Caoimhe Keoghegan, Aisling Holton, Joanne Timmins, Louise Keatley, Aine Gately(0-03,2 frees), Kate Leahy, Marie Moolick(1-01), Stacy Cannon(0-02,1 free), Gillian Behan(1-01), Dierdre Gately.

SUBS: Dearbhail Kelly for Dierdre Gately, Trina Duggan for Kate Leahy, Elaine Dillon for Dearbhail Kelly,Mikaela McKenna for Brianne Leahy

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