Saturday 25 March 2017

All-Ireland Junior Championship Final Replay

Wicklow v New York, Croke Park, 2.30. *LIVE TG4

New York's Emma Clarke, who scored all but one of her side's total tally last time out, will be watched closely by the Wicklow defence tomorrow.

Corner-back Aoife Heffernan has been tasked with the job of keeping the Cavan native quiet. However, Wicklow's attack contains the formidable Lucy Mulhall, who is the top scorer in the Junior Championship this season with 5-14.

Laura Hogan, who held her nerve to score the equaliser in the dying moments two weeks ago, gets the nod to start at corner-forward. With nerves less likely to play a role this time around, a much more free-flowing game of football is expected.

New York are at a slight disadvantage, having only flown into Ireland over the past couple of days, but come throw in, they will be hoping they can rise to the occasion and take the West County Hotel Cup to the Big Apple for the first time.

Verdict: New York.

Wicklow -- E Miley; J Miley, C Byrne, A Heffernan; L Fusciardi, C McKeon (Capt), N Kelly; J Kinch, L Gilbert; AM Doran, C Deeney, M Deeney; L Hogan, L Mulhall, N Carroll.

New York --A Leyden; L Lilly, T McCullagh, J Garcia; C McBrien, C Brady, J Monaghan; L McKeon, A O'Dwyer; M O'Rourke (C), K Roche, C Traynor; E Clarke, I Mullarkey, M De Búrca.

All-Ireland Intermediate Championship Final Replay

Cavan v Westmeath, Croke Park, 4.15. *LIVE TG4

battling Cavan came from three points down in the final six minutes in Croke Park two weeks ago to force tomorrow's replay.

Two second-half goals looked to have secured the silverware for the Lake County, but Cavan captain Aisling Doonan led her team's fightback and forced a replay.

The two sides will be very familiar with one another at this stage, having already played each other twice this championship season, so we can be sure of another tight game.

Westmeath have made three changes to the side that started last time out with Kelly Boyce Jordan, Laura Brennan and Katie Somers losing out to Karen Hegarty, Jennifer Byrne and Fiona Claffey as they bid to clinch the Mary Quinn Memorial Cup.

Verdict: Westmeath.

Cavan -- C McCutcheon; C O'Reilly, G McGlade, C Gray; R Murphy, P Crowe, D English; R Crowe, A Cornyn; R O'Keeffe, B Sheridan, E Costin; B Boylan, C O'Reilly, A Doonan (Capt).

Westmeath -- G Leahy; A Martin, G Kearney, T Durkan; L Brennan, J Rogers, M Malone; MA Foley, E Finn (Capt); L Walsh, R Kearney, J Maher; J Byrne, K Hegarty, F Claffey.

Irish Independent

Promoted articles

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport