Friday 26 December 2014

Rebelettes earn Laois date

Published 21/08/2011 | 05:00

Cork will meet Laois in the semi-finals of the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship following their excellent come-from-behind victory over reigning champions Dublin in their quarter-final yesterday.

The Rebelettes, who won the All-Ireland five times in a row from 2005 to '09, were six behind with 16 minutes left but scored seven points without reply to book their place in the semis.

On the other side of the draw, Monaghan, hugely impressive in seeing off Meath in the first game at Birr, will play Kerry, who overcame Mayo last weekend.

Cork found it difficult to register scores against Dublin early on, only scoring once from play before the 29th minute, but amazingly they still managed to lead by a point, 1-6 to 0-8, at half-time after Mairead Kelly found the net with a looping shot over Cliodhna O'Connor.

The start to the second half was manic as first Noelle Healy and then Sinead Aherne scored goals in the opening two minutes to turn the game in the Jackies' favour, though Rhona Ní Bhuachalla responded with a Cork goal to leave it 2-8 to 2-6 for Dublin.

Lyndsey Davey extended the lead, but in the 39th minute Cork got a great chance to equalise when Grace Kearney was fouled in the large rectangle. Mulcahy's penalty hit the post and bounced across goal and wide, however, and the extent of the miss was magnified when Davey struck for a goal moments later, her shot to the roof of the net giving Elaine Harte no chance.

After Juliet Murphy and Healy exchanged points, it was 3-10 to 2-7 but slowly Cork began to get on top. Two from Valerie Mulcahy and then one by Healy left a goal in it, and while Dublin were trying to defend doggedly, they could not withstand the siege. An excellent point by corner-back Deirdre O'Reilly on 55 cut the lead to two, then Mulcahy pointed again before Ní Bhuachalla levelled.

The momentum was firmly with the Rebelettes now and the comeback was completed in the 57th minute when Murphy scored her fifth point, Cork playing keep-ball in the closing stages to run out the clock and claim a semi-final spot on a 2-14 to 3-10 scoreline.

Earlier, Ulster champions Monaghan had been very impressive as they easily saw off the challenge of Meath. Trailing only after Elaine Duffy's third-minute free put Meath into an early lead, once Monaghan got going their opponents could not deal with their strong running and swift ball-movement.

Corner-forward Caoimhe Mohan and wing-forward Catriona McConnell both impressed, while veteran full-forward Niamh Kindlon also contributed on the scoreboard, with midfielder Cora Courtney and corner-back Grainne McNally also in excellent form.

Two each from Kindlon and McConnell had put Monaghan into a comfortable 0-4 to 0-1 lead by the 13th minute before they struck for a goal, Therese McNally linking well with Aoife McAnespie to finish past Irene Munnelly. The half-time lead was 1-7 to 0-3.

By the time six second-half minutes had elapsed, the lead had increased to 13 points, Mohan scoring 1-1, and playing into the breeze, Meath's task was now much harder.

Substitute Vivienne McCormack did score two good points, but not even the reduction of Monaghan to 14 players after Amanda Casey was yellow-carded could affect the flow o the game, 11 points separating the sides at the end, 2-13 to 0-8.

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