Tuesday 20 August 2019

Defending champions Dublin show intent with demolition of Déise

Galway came from behind at O'Moore Park to secure a hard-earned victory over Kerry in Group 3 (stock photo)
Galway came from behind at O'Moore Park to secure a hard-earned victory over Kerry in Group 3 (stock photo)

Defending champions Dublin underlined their TG4 All-Ireland SFC title credentials with a comprehensive Group 2 triumph against Waterford at O'Moore Park in Portlaoise.

Despite the absence of team captain Sinead Aherne through injury, the attacking triumvirate of Nicole Owens, Niamh McEvoy and Lyndsey Davey ensured victory was never in doubt for the Leinster outfit, who won 5-15 to 2-6. Abbeyside's Maria Delahunty led by example throughout for Waterford, whose focus now switches to a crunch encounter away to Monaghan next weekend.

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Galway came from behind at O'Moore Park to secure a hard-earned victory over Kerry in Group 3.

Trailing 1-8 to 0-1 after just 20 minutes, the Connacht champions proceeded to register an astonishing 1-11 without reply either side of half-time.

Skipper Tracey Leonard was magnificent throughout, bagging an impressive personal tally of 0-7 for the Corribsiders, who ran out 1-14 to 1-10 winners.

While Kerry can take plenty of encouragement from their blistering start to the contest, they will need to defeat Westmeath in a fortnight's time to keep their quest for the Brendan Martin Cup alive.

A Rachel Kearns goal midway through the second half at Omagh's Healy Park proved decisive as Mayo held off a battling Tyrone to win this Group 4 opener by 3-14 to 3-11.

But four missed goal opportunities in the second half came back to haunt the home side who once again turned in a big performance despite missing the services of influential captain Neamh Woods.

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A pointed free from Aishling Maguire deep into stoppage time earned Cavan a dramatic win over Armagh in a thrilling TG4 All-Ireland Group 1 Round 1 game in Templeport.

Substitute Geraldine Sheridan was fouled and Maguire landed the winner for the Breffni County in what was a terrific game of football, ending 3-18 to 6-8.

James Daly's side were down by 11 points at one stage in the second half against an Armagh side for whom the Mackin sisters, Aimee and Blaithín, scored an astonishing 5-6 between them.

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