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Galvin's extra class pays off as Kingdom survive scare

Kerry 1-22 Donegal 2-14 (after extra-time) - All-Ireland ladies SFC qualifier

Published 05/08/2014 | 02:30

Kerry's Louise Galvin gets away from Shannon McGroddy of Donegal during the All-Ireland ladies SFC qualifier at St Brendan's Park. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Kerry's Louise Galvin gets away from Shannon McGroddy of Donegal during the All-Ireland ladies SFC qualifier at St Brendan's Park. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Kerry's Aoife Lyons is challenged by Donegal duo Sarah Jane McDonnell (left) and Aisleen Cunningham during the All-Ireland ladies SFC qualifier at St Brendan's Park. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Donegal's Karen Guthrie tries to drive past Aisling Leonard of Kerry during the All-Ireland ladies SFC qualifier at St Brendan's Park. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Kerry's Louise Galvin tussles with her Donegal opponent Nicole McLaughlin during the All-Ireland ladies SFC qualifier at St Brendan's Park. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Donegal's Karen Guthrie and Aislinn Desmond of Kerry compete for the ball during the All-Ireland ladies SFC qualifier at St Brendan's Park. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Galway captain Louise Ward holds the cup after her side won the All-Ireland ladies MFC A final against Cork at St Brendan's Park. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Galway's Louise Ward holds off a challenge from her Cork opponent Niamh Duggan during the All-Ireland ladies MFC A final at St Brendan's Park. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Cork goalkeeper Méabh O'Sullivan saves a close range shot from Aoibhinn Joyce of Galway during the All-Ireland ladies MFC A final at St Brendan's Park. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

William O'Sullivan's Kerry got their summer campaign back on track – but they needed huge contributions from Sarah Houlihan and substitute Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh to force extra time and see off Donegal.

Ní Mhuircheartaigh didn't start the game due to an injury but was sent in to rescue her colleagues late in normal time – and she did just that with two crucial points from play.

Donegal led 2-4 to 0-9 at the break thanks to goals from Emma McCrory and Geraldine McLaughlin.

It was nip and tuck throught an enthralling second half, with Katy Herron striking wonderful long-range points to give Donegal the lead on two separate occasions.

However, Ní Mhuircheartaigh saved Kerry's skin with a point just 20 seconds after being introduced, before Laura Rogers delivered the score that sent the game into extra time.

Kerry's class then began to tell and a 1-3 salvo in five minutes towards the end of the first period essentially killed off Donegal's challenge, with Louise Galvin scoring the crucial goal.

Scorers: Kerry: S Houlihan 0-8 (4fs), L Scanlon (1f), P Dennehy, B Breen 0-3 each, L Galvin 1-0, L Ní Muircheartaigh 0-2, E Sherwood, L Rogers, D Hallissey 0-1 each. Donegal: G McLaughlin 1-6 (0-4fs), K Herron 0-4, E McCrory 1-0, SJ McDonald 0-2, Niamh McLaughlin, K Guthrie 0-1 each.

Kerry: E Murphy; A Lyons, A Desmond, D Hallissey; E Sherwood, C Kelly, D Corridan; L Scanlon, B Breen; M Quirke, C Lynch, A Leonard; P Dennehy, L Galvin, S Houlihan. Subs: L Rogers for Corridan (46), M O'Connell for Scanlon (46), L Ní Muircheartaigh for Galvin (52), Galvin for Rogers (65), C Buckley for O'Connell (74).

Donegal: L Gallagher; Nicole McLaughlin, E Gallagher, O Carr; R Boyle, K Keaney, S McGroddy; K Herron, E Ward; Niamh McLaughlin, R McCafferty, K Guthrie; SJ McDonald, G McLaughlin, E McCrory. Subs: K Feeney for McGroddy (31, temp), A Cunningham for McCafferty (45), Feeney for McGroddy (57), R Friel for McCrory (f-t), C Hegarty for Boyle (63), J O'Donnell for Feeney (70), AM Logue for Friel (74), K Wilson for Nicole McLaughlin (78).

Referee: D McEnery (Westmeath).

 

Ní Churraoin's double major gives Galway title

Galway 3-21 Cork 4-13

All-Ireland ladies MFC 'A' final

Galway's minor ladies showed all the sharpness and accuracy in front of goal their senior men failed to deliver on Sunday, as they recorded a five-point win over Cork in an enthralling decider in Birr.

Ciana Ní Churraoin came off the bench to score two crucial second-half goals as Galway retained their title and claimed a fifth crown.

Scorers: Galway: O Divilly 1-5 (0-4f), C Ní Churraoin 2-1, E Reaney 0-6, L Ward 0-3, N Ward, C Burke 0-2 each, A Joyce, S Hynes 0-1 each. Cork: E Scally 2-7 (0-5fs), S Moore 2-0, H Looney 0-2, E Casey, A Heffernan, A Kelleher, E Ní Dheasmúnaigh 0-1 each.

Galway: S Burke; S Hynes, E Gavin, M Joyce; K Dowd, N Ward, O Murphy; M Glynn, M Heneghan; O Divilly, L Ward, S Gavin; E Reaney, A Joyce, K Carter. Subs: C Ní Churraoin for Carter (HT), E Glynn for Murphy (45), C Burke for Gavin (50).

Cork: M O'Sullivan; A Kelleher, M Ambrose, A Nic A'Bhaird; C Hickey, E Meaney, M Duggan; N Duggan, A Heffernan; S Moore, M Corkery, E Casey; J Dennehy, H Looney, E Scally. Subs: N Cotter for Nic A'Bhaird (HT), E Ní Dheasmúnaigh for Corkery (36), L Coppinger for Dennehy (45), S Cronan for Moore (54).

Referee: T McShea (Donegal).

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