Tuesday 12 December 2017

Kingdom blitz burns off Mayo

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC quarter-finals: Kerry 2-13 Mayo 1-8

Mayo's Niamh Kelly battles for the ball with Gina Crowley
Mayo's Niamh Kelly battles for the ball with Gina Crowley
Lorraine Scanlon, Kerry, and Helena Lohan, Mayo tussle mid-air for the ball
Fiona McHale, Mayo, attempts to drive past Emma Sherwood
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Alan O'Neill's Kerry ran riot against Mayo in the second half on Saturday to book their place in the last four.

Goals from Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh and Megan O'Connell opened the floodgates as the Kingdom secured a comfortable eight-point victory at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.

Just five points were registered in the first half but the Kingdom outscored their opponents by 2-10 to 1-6 after half-time to advance, with Mayo getting a consolation 1-2 in the closing minutes.

And yet Mayo opened the second half in encouraging fashion and were level at 0-4 apiece, before Kerry pulled away.

Mayo goalkeeper Aisling Tarpey denied Denise Hallissey with a fine save but the goals did come for Kerry.

After O'Connell rattled the crossbar with a fierce drive, Kerry's leading scorer Ní Mhuircheartaigh was on hand to palm home the rebound. O'Connell made no mistake for Kerry's second goal with 17 minutes left.

Mayo, who trailed by 13 points in the second half, did bring a degree of respectability to the scoreboard with a brilliant late goal from Aileen Gilroy, but Kerry were too good.

Scorers - Kerry: L Ní Mhuircheartaigh 1-5 (0-4fs), M O'Connell 1-1, S Houlihan 0-3, M Quirke ('45'), B Breen, D Hallissey, L Rogers 0-1 each. Mayo: C Staunton 0-4 (2fs), A Gilroy 1-0, N Kelly 0-3, L McManamon 0-1.

KERRY - E Murphy; G Crowley, A Desmond, A Leonard; C Kelly, C Lynch, M Quirke; B Breen, E Sherwood; S Houlihan, M O'Connell, D Hallissey; P Dennehy, L Scanlon, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh. Subs: L Rogers for Dennehy (42), C Buckley for O'Connell (54), A Murphy for Houlihan (56), A Brosnan for Sherwood (57), B Cronin for Hallissey (59).

MAYO - A Tarpey; M Corbett, S Tierney, D Hughes; O Conlon, H Lohan, R Kearns; F McHale, C Staunton; F Doherty, M Carter, L McManamon; Y Byrne, N Kelly, A Gilroy. Subs: D Caldwell for McManamon (45), C Egan for Doherty (52), S Howley for Kearns (60+2).

Ref - M Farrelly (Cavan)

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