Wednesday 26 October 2016

Collins ends Monaghan resistance to fire Dubs into semi-finals

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC round-up

Jackie Cahill and Denis Hurley

Published 24/08/2015 | 02:30

Dublin’s Sinéad Goldrick celebrates with Noelle Healy (10)
Dublin’s Sinéad Goldrick celebrates with Noelle Healy (10)

Last year's finalists Cork and Dublin remain on course for another collision in next month's All-Ireland decider.

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The semi-final line-up was completed on Saturday as Dublin and Armagh joined Cork and Kerry in the last four.

The make-up of the business end of the campaign ensures that three of last year's semi-finalists - champions Cork, Dublin and Armagh - have reached this stage of the competition again.

The scene is now set for next Saturday's first semi-final between Kerry and Cork in Limerick, with Dublin and Armagh due to lock horns a week later for a place in the September 27 showpiece.

Dublin boss Gregory McGonigle plotted victory over his former charges Monaghan in Saturday's quarter-final in Clones, as the Sky Blues scored a 1-13 to 0-13 victory.

Carla Rowe's first-half goal separated the sides as Leinster champions Dublin held off a spirited Monaghan revival to advance. Dublin were six points clear at half-time, 1-7 to 0-4, but Monaghan were back to within a point by the 43rd minute.

Dublin settled with a crucial run of scores supplied by Amy Connolly, Lyndsey Davey, Niamh McEvoy and Hannah Noonan, but Monaghan hit back to trail by just two entering the final minute.

Dublin won a vital kickout, however, and captain Davey showed terrific leadership to supply Niamh Collins for the insurance score.

Monaghan suffered a blow in the first half when forward Caoimhe Mohan was stretchered off.

An eight-point haul from Cathriona McConnell, including five from play, wasn't enough as Dublin kept their hopes of a first All-Ireland crown since 2010 alive.

Earlier in the day, Armagh knocked out Ulster rivals and provincial winners Donegal, triumphing by 2-13 to 2-11.

The Orchard County repeated their Tesco National Football League Division 2 final victory over Donegal with a strong finish.

Armagh trailed by 2-10 to 1-10 when the excellent Yvonne McMonagle scored her second goal for Donegal in the 44th minute.

An immediate response was summoned in the form of a levelling goal from 2014 senior player of the season Caroline O'Hanlon, after Aoife Lennon and Aoife McCoy combined well.

Geraldine McLaughlin did point Donegal in front again in the 46th minute, but it was to be their final score.

McMonagle had a chance to put Donegal four ahead with what would have been a hat-trick goal, but she was denied by Katie Daly's brilliant save.

Buoyed by that let-off, Armagh had late points from Fionnuala McKenna, O'Hanlon and Aimee Mackin to ensure progress to another All-Ireland semi-final.

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