Kennedy on song as Tipperary set up date with Galway
Published 04/08/2014 | 02:30
Tipperary and Galway will meet in a repeat of last year's All-Ireland U-16 'A' final after victories over Cork and Wexford.
Tipperary came out on top 12 months ago, and set up the opportunity to win a third title in four seasons with a 4-12 to 3-8 result, after a thrilling clash with their Munster rivals in Kilmallock. Carol Kennedy was hugely influential from centre-back as they opened up a 2-9 to 1-1 half-time lead.
Chloe Kirwan scored a goal after 30 seconds and Keely Lenihan grabbed a second, while Grace O'Brien was accurate from frees, and Orla O'Dwyer notched up a couple of points. Caoimhe McCarthy scored an important goal for Cork but Tipperary were in charge.
Cork thundered back into it in the second half and captain Niamh O'Leary was prominent as they scored four points in the opening 10 minutes. Tipperary only managed one point in 20 minutes as they saw their 11-point advantage cut to two.
The Premier girls responded impressively and two goals from O'Dwyer saw them through.
Galway had a more comfortable passage as they were too strong for Wexford and prevailed by 3-17 to 0-10. Annie Dempsey pointed a first minute free to put Wexford in front but Eimear O'Donovan had four points as Galway moved 0-5 to 0-1 and stretched that to 0-11 to 0-5 half-time lead. Galway put the game to bed with two goals straight after the break from Siobhán McGrath and Carrie Dolan.
Roisin Kelly, Sarah O'Connor and Oonagh Doyle all registered points for Wexford but Galway were always in control as O'Donovan brought her tally to 10 points, while Dolan nabbed her second goal.
Poc Fada postponed because of bad weather
The M Donnelly All-Ireland Poc Fada was postponed for the first time in its 51-year history, owing to bad weather at the Annaverna Mountain in Louth on Saturday.
All of the 23 competitors including former Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins, who is chasing a record eighth Senior Hurling Poc Fada All-Ireland title, and Waterford's Patricia Jackman who is hoping for a sixth Camogie title in a row, were present in Cooley before GAA officials decided to call off the event in the interest of player safety.
GAA president Liam O'Neill and his camogie counterpart Aileen Lawlor had also travelled to the Louth venue, which has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 24.
National Poc Fada chairman Humphrey Kelleher said that it was disappointing that the event failed to take place.
"The weather is so bad, there would be tractors trying to pull cars out. Heaven forbid something happened to someone on the mountain, how would you get them down?" he said.