Moolick's golden strike seals deal
Kildare 3-17 Sligo 2-14, (AET) All-Ireland Ladies IFC
Kildare manager Alan Barry expressed his relief after watching his side come through an "epic battle" against Sligo to book their place in the TG4 All-Ireland ladies intermediate football final on September 25.
Maria Moolick's extra-time goal proved crucial as Kildare finally managed to see off Sligo in a game that saw referee Maggie Farrelly flash eight yellow cards and one red.
This game had everything as Sligo forward Katie Walsh scored 2-9 and still finished up on the losing side.
Mikaela McKenna scored a brace of goals for Kildare while sub Emer Fogarty chipped in with four points from play. Noelle Earley and Ellen Dowling bagged three points from play each for Kildare and Roisin Byrne scored two of her three points from frees as Kildare toughed it out.
Scorers - Kildare: M McKenna 2-2 (0-2f), M Moolick 1-1, E Fogarty 0-4, E Dowling, R Byrne (2f) & N Earley 0-3 each, A Holton 0-1.
Sligo: K Walsh 2-9 (0-6f), S O'Reilly 0-2, B Byrne, E O'Reilly & C Gorman 0-1 each.
KIildare - M Hulgraine; T Duggan, P Keatley, R Cribbin; S Kendrick, A Savage, M Nolan; E Burke, A Holton; R Byrne, M Moolick, E Connolly; M McKenna, N Earley, E Dowling.
Subs: E Fogarty for Keatley (h.t.), T Hallinan for Nolan (h.t.), G Lyons for Dowling (42), R Reidy for Connolly (53), R Corrigan for Reidy (68), N Mulhall for McKenna (70), Keatley for Burke (74).
Sligo - N Gormley; AM Coleman, R Goodwin, E Flanagan; L Boles, E Codd, J Mulligan; B Byrne, S McTiernan; LA Laffey, S O'Reilly, D McGrath; K Walsh, E O'Reilly, C Gorman.
Subs: MA O'Kennedy for Laffey (34), L Casey for McGrath (52), S Reynolds for O'Kennedy (60), T Doddy for Coleman (60), O'Kennedy for Casey (73), Coleman for Gorman (74), E Kevany for McTiernan (80).
Ref - M Farrelly (Cavan)