Saturday 21 January 2017

Last kick of the game secures place in All Ireland final for Dublin following dramatic victory over Mayo

Published 27/08/2016 | 22:02

Martha Byrne of Dublin, behind, celebrates with team-mate Deidre Murphy after the TG4 Ladies Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final game between Dublin and Mayo
Martha Byrne of Dublin, behind, celebrates with team-mate Deidre Murphy after the TG4 Ladies Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final game between Dublin and Mayo

SINÉAD Aherne’s incredible free nailed a 2-10 to 1-12 victory for Dublin over Mayo in the TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football championship semi-final.

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Everything hinged on Aherne’s effort from an acute angle on the left hand side and with the last kick of the game, the player-of-the-match delivered to send Dublin through to a third successive final.

It was heart-breaking for Mayo but Aherne’s personal haul of 2-6 was massive for Greg McGonigle’s Sky Blues and proved just how big a miss the St Sylvester’s player was when she took a year out in 2015.

It was cruel luck on Mayo, who had clawed back an eight-point deficit in the second half to draw level. But they could never get ahead.

Dublin players, from left, Lyndsey Davey, Noelle Healy and Siobhán Woods celebrate
Dublin players, from left, Lyndsey Davey, Noelle Healy and Siobhán Woods celebrate

Dublin played very much on the edge at times in terms of some of their tackling but when the dust settled, they edged home by a point and will now play Cork or Monaghan in the September 25 showpiece.

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