This Weeks Ladies Championship Round Up

weeks Ladies Football round up


KERRY have set up a Munster title showdown with archrivals Cork
in the TG4 Ladies Football Championship following an extra-time
victory over Waterford in Saturday’s semi-final at Dungarvan, 5-8
to 3-9. The sides couldn’t be separated in normal time, 3-6 to 2-9,
but goals by Geraldine O’Shea and Sarah O’Connor in extra-time fired
the Kingdom through to the provincial decider on August 6. O’Shea
finished the game with a personal tally of 2-3, Jackie Murnane hit
two goals while O’Connor registered 1-1. O’Shea was the difference
in extra-time though as she scored 1-2 in total. Both Kerry extra-time
goals came within one minute of each other and effectively killed
off a brave Waterford challenge.

Galway are also celebrating this morning after beating Donegal to
win the All-Ireland minor ladies title in Tourelstrane on Saturday,
5-7 to 1-8. Senior player Una Carroll scored two goals and saved
a penalty to inspire Galway to their second ever All-Ireland ladies
minor football title. Carroll finished the game with a personal
tally of 2-3. Although she plays at corner-forward for the Galway
minors, the Corofin club girl lines out in goals for the county
senior team. In the dying seconds of the first half, Galway goalkeeper
Louise Morris was sin binned when she brought down Donegal’s Yvonne
McMonagle to concede a penalty. Carroll rushed up the field to stand
between the posts for the resulting penalty and saved McMonagle’s
effort to send Galway in at the break with a two point advantage,
2-2 to 0-6. Galway’s first half goals came from Michelle Delaney
in the 11th minute and Carroll on the quarter hour mark. Donegal,
who have never won an All-Ireland title at the grade, started the
second half strongly and reduced the gap to the minimum courtesy
of a McMonagle point early after the resumption. However, the Ulster
side failed to score again until the final minutes of the game.
Ann Marie McDonagh hit Galway’s first point of the second half and
they quickly tagged over four more in succession.

Player of the match Sarah Cosgrove, who scored 2-1 in total, registered
her first goal in the 59th minute to make it 3-7 to 0-7 in favour
of Galway. Donegal responded with a Bridget Gallagher point and
a goal from Sheila Campbell. However, Galway put the game well beyond
Donegal with a brace of injury time goals from Carroll and Cosgrove.

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