Murphy saves day as 2010 proves superior vintage
2010 ladies All stars 4-10 2011 ladies All stars 3-11
EDEL Murphy was the star of the show as the 2010 TG4/O'Neills All Stars scored a thrilling victory in the weekend exhibition game in Centennial Park, Toronto.
The Kerry goalkeeper saved an injury-time penalty from Cork forward Rhona Ni Bhuachalla, denying the 2011 All Stars a draw in a marvellous contest.
Behind by 10 points at the interval, the 2010 combination were inspired by two goals in rapid succession inside the opening three minutes of the second half from Waterford hurling manager Mick Ryan's daughter Michelle.
Additionally, Leitrim player Aine Tighe found the net a second time at a crucial stage. Ladies Football president Pat Quill was delighted with the quality of the play, saying: "You couldn't have written the script. I have no doubt it will give Ladies football a great boost.''
Scorers -- 2010 All Stars: M Ryan 2-2 (0-1f), A Tighe 2-1, Y McMonagle 0-3, A McGuinness 0-2, S Aherne, B Breen 0-1 each. 2011 All Stars: L Ni Mhuircheartaigh, C McAnespie 1-1 each, F Mahon 1-0, R Ni Buachalla(0-1 pen), M Kirwan 0-3 each, B Corkery, G O'Flynn, J Murphy 0-1 each.
2010 All stars -- E Murphy (Kerry); R Ruddy (Dublin), L Muckian (Laois), S McLaughlin (Tyrone); S McGrath (Dublin), B Stack (Cork), G Fay (Dublin); D Masterson (Dublin, capt), T Lawlor (Laois); C Donnelly (Tyrone), G Begley (Tyrone), A McGuinness (Dublin); Y McMonagle (Donegal), S Aherne (Dublin), J Donnelly (Tyrone). Inter-change players: A Tighe (Leitrim), C Hegarty (Donegal), B Breen (Kerry), N Keane (Clare), M Ryan (Waterford), A Doherty (Donegal/Toronto), A Gallant (Toronto), C Murphy (Wexford/Toronto).
2011 All Stars -- I Munnelly (Meath); G McNally (Monaghan), S Courtney (Monaghan), C Reilly (Monaghan); B Corkery (Cork), A Leonard (Kerry), G O'Flynn (Cork); J Murphy (Cork, capt), A Holton (Kildare); C McAnespie (Monaghan), M Kirwan (Laois),T McNally (Monaghan); A O'Shea (Cork), R Ni Bhuachalla (Cork), L Ni Mhuircheartaigh (Kerry) Inter-change: S Goldrick (Dublin), F Mahon (Meath), E Kelly (Dublin), A Doonan (Cavan), E Loughnane (Toronto), S Ó Muiri (Toronto), A Nault (Toronto).
Ref -- K Delahunty (Tipperary)