Revealed: The Cork and Donegal teams for Saturday's TG4 All-Ireland Senior Semi-Final

TG4 All Ireland Senior Semi-Final – ET if necessary, Live TG4

SATURDAY – Cork v Donegal, 2.45pm, Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon

The four provincial winners made it safely through to the semi-finals of the TG4 All-Ireland championship – and the scene is now set for two mouth-watering shoot-outs in Roscommon.

Cork and Donegal meet in a fixture that will revive memories of their classic Lidl NFL Division 1 final at Parnell Park last year.

Donegal will take heart from an impressive 4-11 to 2-3 victory over Cork in the group stages of this year’s League campaign but Cork were already through to the knockout stages by then.

From the outside looking in, Donegal appeared to have tailed off slightly following their impressive cruise to the TG4 Ulster championship.

They had to work hard to achieve qualifier victories over Kerry and Tipperary and were run to three points by Armagh in the All-Ireland quarter-final.

Manager Maxi Curran is an astute character, however, and will aim for his team to peak for the business end of the campaign, as Donegal prepare for the county’s very first All-Ireland senior semi-final appearance.

Cork have been hugely impressive to date and have bagged 23 goals in just five championship outings, including six for Ciara O’Sullivan and five for teen sensation Saoirse Noonan, who’s made big impacts off the bench.

The quarter-final victory over Westmeath, when Cork scored 8-18, was a statement performance from the Rebelettes.

Manager Ephie Fitzgerald has made one change to his starting line-up from that game, with fit-again Hannah Looney coming at midfield to replace Daire Kiely, who was a late replacement last time out.

Skipper Karen Guthrie, who was carrying a knock, returns to the Donegal starting team after she came off the bench against Armagh.

Anna Maria McGlynn switches to wing-back and Emer Gallagher drops to the bench in the only change in personnel.

Donegal’s Geradline McLaughlin is the current senior championship top scorer, with a running total of 4-34.

Cork team: 

1 Martina O’Brien Clonakilty
2 Eimear Meaney Mourneabbey
3 Roisin Phelan Aghada
4 Melissa Duggan Dohenys
5 Maire O’Callaghan Mourneabbey
6 Shauna Kelly Araglen Desmonds Bui
7 Emma Spillane Bantry Blues
8 Ashling Hutchings Fermoy
9 Hannah Looney Aghada
10 Ciara O’Sullivan Mourneabbey
11 Libby Coppinger St. Colum’s
12 Eimear Scally Eire Og
13 Áine O’Sullivan Beara
14 Doireann O’Sullivan Mourneabbey
15 Orla Finn Kinsale

Donegal team: 

1 Laura Gallagher Glenswilly
2 Treasa Doherty Carndonagh
3 Nicole McLaughlin Termon
4 Deirdre Foley Carndonagh
5 Therese McCafferty Termon
6 Ciara Hegarty Moville
7 Anna Marie McGlynn Glenfin
8 Katy Herron Glenfin
9 Aoife McDonnell N.Conaill
10 Karen Guthrie Glenfin
11 Niamh Hegarty Moville
12 Sarah Jane McDonald Moville
13 Geraldine McLaughlin Termon
14 Yvonne Bonner Glenfin
15 Eilish Ward St Nauks

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