Saturday 16 December 2017

Galway stand in way of Rebelettes and third straight title

Ladies football

Galway came storming back in the second period. Photo: Sportsfile
Galway came storming back in the second period. Photo: Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

Cork, under the guidance of John Cleary and Tom Scally, remain on course for a third successive All-Ireland ladies minor A football title.

The Rebelettes saw off a spirited Tyrone outfit in Saturday's semi-final in St Loman's, Mullingar, and they'll meet Galway in next month's final.

Cork had to work hard for a 1-11 to 2-6 victory, as second-half goals from Annie Devlin and Chloe McCaffrey saw Tyrone make a real fight of it.

Cork were 1-6 to 0-3 clear at half-time, with impressive forward Emma Cleary on target with the goal.

Tyrone were back to within four points with less than 20 minutes remaining, but Cork's lead was back out to six inside the final 10 minutes.

A late 1-1 from Tyrone had Cork nerves jangling, but they held out and will now aim for a 10th crown in this grade.

Galway, who are chasing their first minor All-Ireland title since 2014, eased past Dublin on a 3-14 to 4-5 scoreline in Mullingar.

Niamh Sheehan netted late in the first-half to hand Dublin a 1-4 to 0-6 interval lead, but Galway came storming back in the second period.

Prolific forward Leanne Coen scored two quick-fire goals to turn the game on its head and those strikes helped the young Tribeswomen into a 2-8 to 1-4 lead.

Sheehan struck again to revive Dublin's hopes and Caoimhe O'Connor's goal with 13 minutes left had the Sky Blues level at 3-5 to 2-8.

However, Galway hit back with three quick points and Niamh Daly's goal with seven minutes left strengthened the lead.

Clara O'Sullivan registered Dublin's fourth goal in stoppage time, but Galway held on to claim a six-point win.

Galway now face Cork in the final for the third time in four seasons.

Meath and Clare will contest the B decider, meanwhile, after impressive semi-final wins.

Meath saw off Roscommon by 4-11 to 2-7 in Kinnegad, before Clare claimed an 8-15 to 2-8 victory over Monaghan.

Irish Independent

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