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Meath 1-13 Armagh 0-10

All Ireland Championship Round-up
Sunday 26th July 2009
(Michael Forde Leinster PRO)

Meath 1-13 Armagh 0-10

Meath manager Brendan Dardis says ” a Wins a win” and he was happy with the result and the teams performance in what were very difficult conditions, the Royals have booked their place in the next round of the all Ireland championship, after they beat favourites Armagh in Breffni Park on Sunday evening last. Meath pulled out all the stops, particularly in the first half, as both sides battled it out in what can only be described as very inclement weather conditions.
The Royals were the quickest to settle in to the game, and were nine points clear at the break 0-13 to 0-4, with six players getting on the score sheet. But a little like the rain on the night, Meath eased up a little in the second half, allowing the Orchard county to get a foot hold in the game, but they were unable to covert possession into scores.
Meath were reduced to fourteen in the forty-ninth minute, when Aine Fagan was sent to serve the remainder of the game in the sin-bin. Armagh piled on the pressure in the final quarter, but despite their efforts they could only manage to add six points to bring their total for the game to ten points.
Meath’s only score of the second half came in the fifty second minute when Amy Bennett was fouled in the square by Sinead McCleary. Meaths number thirteen Elaine Duffy placed the ball on the spot, but her left footed shot was saved by McAlinden in the Armagh goals, Meaths Jenny Rispin was quickest to react to the rebound, and luckily Rispins miss hit shot was pushed in to the Armagh net by the finger tips of Player of the match Grainne McNulty, to put the Royals back in the driving seat going in to the final minutes of the game.
Talking to TG4, Meath manager Brendan Dardis commented that his side conceded too many goals last year, especially against Dublin, and that the backs had worked hard at closing down goal attempts this season, and their efforts had paid off in todays game, he added that they also changed the midfield around to improve the supply of ball into the forwards. Over all he was very happy with the teams performance.
The President of the Ladies Gaelic football Association Pat Quill presented Grainne Nulty with the TG4 player of the match trophy.
Meath Team & Scorers:
Irene Munnelly, Claire Coffey, Louise McKeever, Maria Kealy, Aedin Murray, Mary Sheridan, Áine Fagan, Jane Burke (capt.), Shauna Bennett, Geraldine Doherty (0-03), Grainne Nulty (1-01), Katie O’Brien (0-01), Elaine Duffy (0-04), Jenny Rispin (0-03), Aimee Bennett (0-01).
Subs: Ciara Dempsey for Murray, Orla Sheridan for Aimee Bennett. Philomena Sheridan, Ciara Daly, Eve Wardick, Rebecca Considine, Sinead McCormack, Avril Robinson, Niamh O’Sullivan, Roisin Nulty, Fiona O’Neill, Aoife Guy, Laura Mulvaney, Lisa Keenan.

Armagh Team:
Catherine McAlinden, Caoimhe Marley, Dervla Mallon, Clodagh McCann, Sinead McCleary, Maebh Moriarty, Rhona McKeever, Caroline O’Hanlon (capt), Sharon Reel, Laura Brown, Shauna O’Hagan, Maria O’Donnell, Caoimhe Murray, Caitlin Malone, Mags McAlinden.

Wexford 1-3 Cavan 3-21
In group ‘A’ of the all Ireland Intermediate championship, Wexford bowed out of this years TG4 all Ireland championship, after they played host to a strong Cavan side on Sunday last. Wexford did have to make many changes from the team named in the programme with injuries to Captain Mary O’Neill, with Ciara Cosgrave and Emma Hore not able to make the game due to work commitments. The management team of Jim McGovern, Marie Thorpe and John Hassett had to re jig the whole side and it showed in the first half as it took the home side ages to get into the game and indeed it was fourteen minutes before Wexford scored, in fact it was Wexfords only score of the half. The Breffnie ladies were on a mission and they were taking no prisoners on the day, out gunning the Model county 1-3 to 3-21 to progress to the next round.
Wexford: Mary Rose Kelly, Fiona Cullen, Leona Tector 0-1, Ceara O’Brien, Linda Casey, Sharon Kehoe, Michelle Doyle, Marcella Cullen, Julie Kelly, Natasha Martin 1-0, Deirdre Fox, Sandra Thorpe, Mary Cullen, Laura Corrigan 0-1, Tara Maloney 0-1. Subs: Lisa Quill for Fiona Cullen, Jane Mythen for Thorpe, Naomi Fogarty for Mary Cullen, Sinéad McCarthy for O’Brien, Sinéad Whelan, Eimear O’Brien and Madeline Byrne.

Longford 2-11 Westmeath 0-7
In group ‘A’ of the all Ireland Intermediate championship Westmeath travelled to Kiloe to take on Longford, but the home side had too much in the tank and proved too strong for the visitors, the games top scorer Denise Murtagh’s two early strikes gave the Longford side a dream start , and the home side appeared to be the sharper of the two in these early exchanges.
Westmeath opened their account with points from Fiona Leavy and Laura Walsh.
But Luck was on Longford’s side when Sharon Treacy found the net to put six between the sides after seventeen minutes. Murtagh added two further frees while Elaine Finn pointed for Westmeath. The score at half-time saw the home team leading 2-4 to 0-3.
The second half saw a display more characteristic of this Longford team. They found more fluidity in their passing and patience going forward, holding up possession until more clear cut chances opened up in front of them.
Edel Quinn opened her account in the third quarter, with Ann Marie Bratton adding a brace, Denise Murtagh tagged on a further three points, giving an exhibition in free taking, scoring no less than five frees from the ground along with the penalty in the games opening minutes.
This was a very positive display for Niall Kilcrann’s side as they now look forward to again competing in the TG4 All-Ireland Quarter Finals.
Longford: Michelle Kilkenny, Mairead Moore, Marie Brady, Adrianna Melia, Donna Leavy, Elizabeth Brady (capt.), Sinead Farrell, Alison Smyth, Siobhan McGowan, Edel Quinn(0-1), Sharon Treacy(1-1), Alica Magan, Denise Murtagh (1-6), Ann Marie Bratton(0-2), Michelle Hannify. Subs: Michelle Ross for Alice Magan(0-1) (42 mins), Yvonne Barden for Sinead Farrell (50 mins), Sinead Farrell for Elizabeth Brady (60 mins, blood sub.)

Louth 3-12 Offaly O-2
Louth have booked their place in the All Ireland Semi-Final, after a convincing win over Offaly at Cooley on Sunday last. The game started in slow fashion and the umpires were not called into action until the sixth minute when opened her account with a brace of points, one from a free.
The home sides top scorer Edel McKeown drilled the ball to the back of the Offaly net in the 12th minute to open a five point gap 1-2 to 0-0, Offaly’s only score of the half came from Patrice Stapleton, but Louth finished the scoring with points from Page, Lynch, Reid, Heaney and Callan to leave the faithful county with a mountain to climb in the second period.
Louth’s forwards continued were they left off in the first half, and when McKeown and Tara Lynch hit the back of the Offaly net in the final quarter it signalled the end of the road for the faithful county for this season.
Louth Scorers:
E.McKeown 2-2 Tara Lynch 1-1 R. Heaney 0-3 N.Reid, C.Page, S.Lynch 0-2 each S.Callan 0-1. Louth team: C.Breen, E.Brennan, S.Quinn, C.Rafferty, A.M. Lynch, G.Lynch, J.Agnew, R.Heaney,S.Lynch,E.McKeown,C.Page, G.Macken, S.Byrne,N.Reid,S.Callan Subs: used-Olivia Grant, T.Lynch, L.O’Neill, Broonagh McGrane Ireen Hoey.

Derry 3-9 Wicklow 2-7
Although Wicklow have one remaining game against Offaly in the all Ireland qualifiers, it looks as if the final curtain has come down on the Wicklow ladies all Ireland Junior championship campaign. After making the long journey to Faughanvale, county Derry, they were dismissed by the home side 3-9 to 2-7 in their group ‘B’ game, and as is the case in all championship games, Wicklow needed a win from this encounter, they trailed by two points at the break 1-4 to 0-5, and were unable to get the result that they really needed, and with Louth beating Offaly 3-12 to 0-2 , it looks as if Wicklow will have to concentrate on retaining their TG4 Leinster Junior title, against Louth.

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