Kingdom revive title ambition
HAVING lost by nine points to Cork in the Munster final, Kerry reignited their All-Ireland aspirations as they enjoyed an easy 2-10 to 0-5 win over Donegal in round 2 of the qualifiers at Birr on Saturday.
An early goal from Louise Galvin set the Kingdom on their way while a second one was added fortuitously as Louise Ni Mhuircheartaigh's long-range free crept in to give them a 2-6 to 0-4 half-time lead.
Excellent defending and good shooting from Ni Mhuircheartaigh in the second half ensured that Donegal never got a chance to get back into contention, leaving Kerry manager William O'Sullivan pleased afterwards and now looking forward to a quarter-final clash with Connacht champions Mayo. "We came up to get a result and we got it, that was all that mattered today," he said.
Reigning champions Dublin also booked their place in the last eight, where they will play their predecessors Cork. The Dubs were always too good for Galway in the first game at Birr, Amy Ring's early goal and points from Sinead Aherne putting them 1-6 to 0-2 ahead before Edel Concannon gave Galway hope before half-time.
However, Ring plundered two decisive goals to complete her hat-trick in the second half.
In the other qualifiers, Meath enjoyed a 3-27 to 0-5 victory over Sligo, while Tyrone beat Tipperary by 2-20 to 1-11.