Fixtures for the weekend - one to watch!
Here are the fixtures for this weekend's All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship and the one to watch!
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.
The Ladies Football Championship Final will take centre stage September 25th. Be there to show your #SeriousSupport.