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Early goals propel Lake County girls to Dubs final date

Ladies football

Jackie Cahill

Published 27/06/2016 | 02:30

Early goals from Leona Archibold and Maud-Annie Foley (pictured) had wind-assisted Westmeath off to a cracking start in Timahoe. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
Early goals from Leona Archibold and Maud-Annie Foley (pictured) had wind-assisted Westmeath off to a cracking start in Timahoe. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE

Gregory McGonigle's Dublin will face Westmeath in the TG4 Leinster Ladies SFC final on July 10 - in what will be a repeat of last year's provincial decider.

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Westmeath booked their place in the Leinster final by defeating Laois on a 2-12 to 1-11 scoreline yesterday, as the round-robin fixtures were completed.

Early goals from Leona Archibold and Maud-Annie Foley had wind-assisted Westmeath off to a cracking start in Timahoe.

The game threw in 12pm to accommodate Ireland's Euro 2016 clash with France and Laois put up a spirited display to increase hopes that a revival may be on the cards after a difficult couple of seasons.

Noirin Kirwan's goal hauled Laois back into contention and at half-time, the hosts trailed by 1-4 to 2-6 before turning to play with the breeze.

Laois were denied by the woodwork twice in the second half as they chased down the Lake County but Westmeath held on to ensure another showdown with the Dubs next month.

On Saturday, Dublin romped to a big victory over Meath - 3-19 to 2-4 in Summerhill. Jenny Rispin bagged two goals for Meath, one in each half, but Dublin were in command from start to finish. The Sky Blues were 0-4 to 0-0 clear before Rispin netted but Dublin, aiming for a fifth successive Leinster crown this summer, hit back to lead by 1-12 to 1-1 at half-time.

Niamh McEvoy scored Dublin's goal midway through the first half and the visitors added further goals in the second half from Carla Rowe and Nicole Owens.

The Munster final will also take place on July 10 and it will be another Kerry-Cork decider.

Sarah Houlihan led the way with 1-6 for Kerry as the Kingdom saved Cork's bacon on Saturday.

Kerry ran out 1-14 to 1-7 winners against Waterford in Brosna - a result that confirmed Cork's renewed interest in the provincial competition.

Cork were sweating on their final place in a three-team round-robin group but despite losing to Kerry last time out, the Rebelettes are through in second place as Waterford suffered a second defeat.

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