Tuesday 25 July 2017

Antrim seal final date with Longford

Antrim players Jenny McCavana, left, Eimer Gallagher and Christine Drain, right, celebrate their semi-final victory over London. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Antrim players Jenny McCavana, left, Eimer Gallagher and Christine Drain, right, celebrate their semi-final victory over London. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

Antrim and Longford will contest the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies junior football championship final on the last Sunday in September.

Antrim, winners in 2009 and 2012, have another chance to get their hands on the West County Hotel Cup, as Longford prepare for a first All-Ireland decider since their junior defeat to Tyrone in 1997.

Antrim's Mairéad Cooper scores her side's sixth goal against London. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Antrim's Mairéad Cooper scores her side's sixth goal against London. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Antrim hammered London by 6-15 to 2-8 in yesterday's double-header at Fingallians before Longford walloped Derry by 9-26 to 0-3.

London got off to a brilliant start when Fiona Morrissey registered the game's opening score, a goal, but Antrim responded with a glut of goals, including efforts from Claire Timoney (penalty), Aine Devlin, Mairiosa McGourty and Mairead Cooper.

London's other goal also arrived in the first half, courtesy of Aine Gormely, but the Exiles played second fiddle to Antrim.

Meanwhile, Longford continued their recent revival with that massive victory over Derry. Longford 's Aisling Greene got an early goal.

Antrim's Eimear Gallgher in action against London's Sarah Quinn. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Antrim's Eimear Gallgher in action against London's Sarah Quinn. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Longford finished up with nine goals as ace forwards Orla Noonan and Claire Delaney contributed heavily.

The scene is set for Antrim and Longford .

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