Wednesday 21 February 2018

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Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

Antrim SFC final, All-Ireland ladies IFC Final, All-Ireland ladies JFC Final, Antrim SHC final, Leitrim SFC final

Antrim SFC final

Cargin v St Gall's, Ahoghill, 3.0. Verdict: St Gall's

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC FINAL

Cork v Monaghan, Croke Park, 4.0, J Niland. *Live TG4

CHASING an eighth title in nine years, the imperious Rebelettes have never lost a final and still have most of the same players.

They looked fallible earlier this summer when they lost to Kerry by a point and only pipped Armagh by a point, but Juliet Murphy reversing her retirement has helped rediscover their form with an astonishing comeback against Dublin and a four-point semi-final defeat of Kerry.

But could Monaghan, who lost to them in the 2008 and 2011 deciders, finally end their four-final losing streak to win their first title since 1997? The four in-a-row Ulster champions also lost last year's semi-final to their Munster nemeses and they've got to find a way through stellar half-backs Briege Corkery and Geraldine O'Flynn.

When push came to shove against Galway they dug in, and if flying forwards like Caoimhe Mohan, Ciara McAnespie and Cathriona McConnell get in for goals, Monaghan's 16-year wait could finally end.

Verdict: Monaghan.

Cork – E Harte; AM Walsh, B Stack, D O'Reilly; B Corkery, R Buckley, G O'Flynn; J Murphy, A Walsh; N Cleary, D O'Sullivan, A Walsh; V Mulcahy, R Ni Bhuachalla, C O'Sullivan.

Monaghan – L Martin; G McNally, S Courtney, C Reilly; L McEnaney, E McCarron, A McAnespie; A Casey, Y Connell; T McNally, C Mohan, C Courtney; C McConnell, E McKenna, C McAnespie.

All-Ireland ladies IFC Final

Cavan v Tipperary, Croke Park, 2.0, G Chapman. *Live TG4

AFTER losing a replayed final two years ago, Cavan are looking to erase that memory and, on form, are hot favourites.

They have lethal forwards in Bronagh Sheridan and Grainne Smith, and scored 10-52 in their last three games.

Tipp, who won this title in 2008, are made of Teflon. They shocked Longford and then pipped Fermanagh when Claire Carroll and Niamh Lonergan bagged 1-2 in the last minute, but the Breffni girls are on a mission.

Verdict: Cavan.

Cavan – C Fay; P Lynch, M McGlade, J Moore; S Greene, A Cornyn, R Jordan; R Crowe, D English; C O'Reilly, R O'Keeffe, M Sheridan; G Smith, B Sheridan, A Doonan.

Tipperary – P Jickey; B Condon, S Lambert, R Kenneally; A O'Dwyer, C Carroll, B Ryan; J Grant, S Carew; A McCarthy, M Morrissey, L O'Shea; N Lonergan, G O'Brien, E Hanley.

All-Ireland ladies JFC Final

Offaly v Wexford, Croke Park, 12 .0, MJ O'Keeffe. *Live TG4

IN a county where camogie is king, Wexford – featuring dual star Fiona Rochford – have done well to get this far, beating Derry and Louth (twice). But they have lost to Offaly twice by double figures this summer and Greg Farrelly's side have racked up 11-60 in their last four games, with Mairead Daly, Orla Heavey and Linda Sullivan leading the charge.

Verdict: Offaly.

Offaly – L Devery; M Guinan, E Dalton, A Byrne; E Corcoran, M McMahon, C McDonnell; T McManus, S Flannery; O Heavey, L Keena, E Sullivan; M Daly, L Sullivan, A Kerrigan.

Wexford – M Kelly; L Tector, A Fitzpatrick, C Donnelly; S Keane, C McCabe, M Doyle; R Murphy, K Kearney; A Evered, E O'Brien, A Murphy; F Rochford, L Evered, K Redmond.

Antrim SHC final

Ruairi Og v Loughgiel Shamrocks, Ballycastle, 3.30.

Verdict: Ruairi Og

Laois SHC final

Borris-Kilcotton v Camross, O'Moore Park, 4.0.

Verdict: Camross

Leitrim SFC final

Mohill v St Mary's, Carrick-on-Shannon, 3.30.

Verdict: St Mary's

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