Sunday 11 December 2016

Rusty Mayo keep the dream alive

All-Ireland Ladies SFC q-final Mayo 2-10 Westmeath 1-11

Published 15/08/2016 | 02:30

Ciara Blundell of Westmeath in action against Leona Ryder of Mayo. Photo: Sportsfile
Ciara Blundell of Westmeath in action against Leona Ryder of Mayo. Photo: Sportsfile
Yvonne Byrne, right of Mayo in action against Laura Walsh of Westmeath. Photo: Sportsfile
Maud Annie Foley of Westmeath in action against Leona Ryder of Mayo. Photo: Sportsfile
Laura Walsh of Westmeath in action against Sarah Tierney of Mayo. Photo: Sportsfile

Mayo are back in the TG4 All-Ireland ladies SFC semi-finals for the first time in seven years, but only after surviving a nail-biting quarter-final tussle with Westmeath.

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"We didn't do it in the most exemplary way possible, but we did it, the dream is still alive," said relieved manager Frank Browne. They face Dublin next and will need to improve after struggling for long periods with Division 2 finalists Westmeath, who held them to just four first-half scores and cleaned them out at midfield.

Mayo centre-back Martha Carter played, despite breaking a finger in the Connacht final six weeks ago, and they all looked ring-rusty. "I think rustiness definitely was the issue," said Browne.

Scorers - Mayo: C Staunton 1-5 (1-1f), D Hughes 1-0, A Gilroy 0-2, N Kelly, G Kelly and S Rowe 0-1 each. Westmeath: L Archibald 0-6 (4f), J Maher 1-1, MA Foley 0-2, L Brennan and L McCarton 0-1 each.

Mayo - Y Byrne; L Ryder, S Tierney (Capt), N O'Malley; M Corbett, M Carter, O Conlon; F McHale, C McManamon; N Kelly, A Gilroy, D Hughes; S Rowe, C Staunton, D Caldwell. Subs: G Kelly for Clodagh McManamon (half-time), S Mulvihill for Caldwell (40), R Kearns for Ryder (40), N Moran for O'Malley (49), L McManamon for Mulvihill (59).

Westmeath - S Keegan; T Durkan, R Dunne, A Martin; J Rogers (Capt), F Claffey, L Brennan; J Maher, F Coyle; K McDermott, M Foley, L Archibold; C Blundell, L Walsh, L McCartan. Subs: T Fagan for Coyle (52), C Kelly for McDermott (52), S McGrath for Maher (59).

Ref- G Corrigan (Down).

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