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Thursday 18 September 2014

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

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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
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
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
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.

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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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