Friday 15 December 2017

The game at a glance

Aisling Doonan (Cavan)

It's easy to see why Cavan handed Doonan the captaincy because her actions are inspirational. She gave a master class of forward play and precise finishing, scoring six points.

Turning point

The Westmeath bench kicked 1-2 to haul them back into the game but when Cavan sub Daena Clerkin levelled with 10 minutes left it stopped the rot.

Talking point

Yet another ladies final goes to a replay and offers another chance to see Cavan's Aisling Doonan and Westmeath's Ruth Kearney in action again -- two players who deserve all the limelight they can get.

Ref watch

Gavin Corrigan from Down was greatly helped by the fact both teams wanted to play football so there was no malicious intent and the yellow and red cards never saw daylight. A decent hour from the official.

What they said

Alan Mangan (Westmeath joint manager): "Maybe it's a good omen, Westmeath's other titles have come in replays. We played poorly for a spell but made sure we are still in and are delighted to have another chance."

Aisling Doonan (Cavan captain): "We are a unit who play for each other and this will make us stronger. We are lucky to get a second chance and will have to go back to the drawing board. I never doubted we could come back."

Match statistics

Wides: Cavan 9 (4); Westmeath 7 (4)

Frees: Cavan 13 (4); Westmeath 13 (8)

Yellow Cards: Cavan 0; Westmeath 0

What next?

LADIES Gaelic Football Association officials to consult with GAA chiefs before announcing a replay date.

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