Saturday 10 December 2016

Fixtures for the weekend - one to watch!

Published 19/08/2016 | 11:00

13 July 2016; Ladies Gaelic Football are set to Change the Record. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick ODonovan, T.D. launched the 2016 TG4 All Ireland Championships at Croke Park as the LGFA President, Marie Hickey announced that TG4 and the LGFA were joining forces to attempt to set a new attendance record for the TG4 All Ireland Championships.
13 July 2016; Ladies Gaelic Football are set to Change the Record. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick ODonovan, T.D. launched the 2016 TG4 All Ireland Championships at Croke Park as the LGFA President, Marie Hickey announced that TG4 and the LGFA were joining forces to attempt to set a new attendance record for the TG4 All Ireland Championships.

Here are the fixtures for this weekend's All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship and the one to watch!

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Saturday, August 20

TG4 All-Ireland SFC Quarter-finals 

Cavan v Cork, 12:30, Birr, S Mulvhill. *Live TG3 (from 12 noon)

Monaghan v Kerry, 2:15, Birr, J Niland. *Live TG4

 

TG4 All-Ireland ladies IFC quarter-finals

Tipperary v Wicklow, 2:00, St Loman’s Mullingar, J Murphy

Clare v Tyrone, 3:45, St Loman’s Mullingar, K Corcoran

 

Sunday August 21

TG4 All-Ireland ladies JFC Quarter-final

Lancashire v Antrim, 1:30, John Mitchell’s, A Gallagher.

 

ONE TO WATCH - Saturday August 20 - TG4 All-Ireland SFC Quarter-final

Monaghan v Kerry, 2:15, Birr

This Munster/Ulster clash could be just as tight as both of last weekend’s nail-biting quarter-finals. Provincial runners-up Kerry bounced back by winning another all-Munster tussle against Waterford which was the sort of tough challenge they needed to get back on the horse.

They won 3-19 to 3-10 but had to survive an early ‘own goal’ and, not for the first time this year, scoring ace Sarah Houlihan stood out with 1-6. Louise Ni Muirchearthaigh is also back fully fit and, alongside Houlihan and Laura Rogers, fills a formidable looking full-forward line.

Monaghan, who lost some key players this year, were surprise Ulster champions given that they had to battle to avoid relegation in the NFL, but they made a sensational recovery by knocking out Armagh in the Ulster semi-final with a whopping… scoreline.

They beat Cavan by three points in their provincial decider and their half-back line of Aoife McAnespie, Sharon Courtney and Grainne McNally is one of the best in the country. Up front Ciara McAnespie and the youngest of the Courtney sisters, Rosemary, have shown great form and they’ve also, significantly, got sharp-shooter Caoimhe Mohan back, who was an unused sub in the Ulster final.

Midfield is likely to be vital, where Cora Courtney and Eimear McAnespie will lock horns with Bernie Breen and Emma Sherwood in a fascinating tussle. Kerry’s concession of 3-10 to a Waterford side without the Ryan sisters raises some questions but getting that game, compared to Monaghan’s long lay-off, should stand to them.

If the Kingdom’s defence, led by Allstar full-back Aislinn Desmond, can shut up shop and get enough ball into their own classy forwards, they should prevail.

Verdict: Kerry.

The Ladies Football Championship Final will take centre stage September 25th. Be there to show your #SeriousSupport.

 

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