Fixtures for the weekend - one to watch!
Here are the fixtures for this weekend's All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship
Saturday August 13
TG4 All-Ireland Senior Quarter Finals (Extra-time if necessary)
Mayo v Westmeath, 3.15, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, Longford, (G Corrigan)
Dublin v Donegal, 5.00, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, Longford, (G Chapman)
Sunday August 14
TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Quarter Finals (Extra-time if necessary)
Kildare v Leitrim, 1.30, Kinnegad, Westmeath, (E Moran)
Sligo v Wexford, 3.15, Kinnegad, Westmeath, (C McManus)
ONE TO WATCH
Saturday: All-Ireland Senior Quarter- Final - Dublin v Donegal, 5.00, Longford.
DUBLIN are on a mission to reach their third TG4 All-Ireland senior final in-a-row but now face a Donegal side who look hell-bent on their own revenge mission. The Tir Chonaill women were really impressive when winning the Lidl Division 2 final this year and hotly tipped to retain their Ulster senior title but suffered a shock provincial semi-final defeat by Cavan.
They’ve bounced back sensationally since by pipping highly rated Connacht finalists Galway. It is rumoured that they may have some additional players back this weekend who missed that game but, whatever transpires, what they’ve got already is impressive enough.
Yvonne McMonagle scored 1-8 last day out, including the last-gasp free that was needed to get them across the line after their four-point lead was reduced by a late Galway goal.
Young Amber Barrett, who scored two penalties in her 2-3 the last day, is another big threat upfront. Michael Naughton’s team usually play a sweeper and have some more key players in Deirdre Foley, Teresa Doherty and midfielder Karen Gutherie, and the brilliant Hegarty sisters - Ciara and Niamh – are central to their success.
But they did concede a lot of goals to Galway and Dublin’s firepower of Carla Rowe, Nicole Owens, and a lethal full-forward line of Siobhan Woods, Sinead Ahearne and Lyndsey Davey, will badly punish any defensive lapses. Dublin, who got a number of key players back this year, are regarded as a stronger unit than 2015 but have notable new names in defender Deirdre Murphy and midfielder Lauren Magee.
Their big worry is that they haven’t been tested so far this summer but their experience should still be enough to cope with whatever Donegal throw at them. The match-up between the Dubs’ marking ace Sinead Goldrick and McGonagle alone should be worth the price of admission.
The Ladies Football Championship Final will take centre stage September 25th. Be there to show your #SeriousSupport.