Sunday 20 October 2019

Rabbitte hopes Tribeswomen can improve for final battle

Galway 1-12 Donegal 1-5

Rabbitte: "We won all our league games bar one, so we deserve to be in a final." Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Galway manager Tim Rabbitte wants to see his side hit new heights against Cork in the Lidl NFL Division 1 final after they eased past Donegal in the last four.

A blistering start and a strong second half ensured Galway had far too much and when Megan Glynn finished off a great move with Galway's goal after the restart they had a canter to victory.

Donegal had kept in touch though thanks to a Niamh Hegarty penalty, but Galway were convincing winners, which pleased Rabbitte ahead of the final in a fortnight.

"We're delighted by 45 minutes and then we've some things to work on, some of our decision-making and our skills let us down again," said Rabbitte.

"But when there's something big on the line players might freeze and there was a small bit of that, but there's always something to work on.

"We won all our league games bar one, so we deserve to be in a final, and we just have to see can we put a better performance together."

The Tribeswomen started well, firing over three points in the first two minutes from Louise Ward, Róisín Leonard and Mairéad Seoighe. Donegal's first visit inside the Galway 20-metre line came on seven minutes, but after a foul on Geraldine McLaughlin, Hegarty slotted the penalty.

Galway led 0-9 to 1-1 at half time, and the sides added a point each through Amy Boyle Carr and Róisín Leonard before Galway effectively settled the tie when Glynn hit the net from close range in the 35 minute.

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Scorers - Galway: T Leonard 0-5 (4f), R Leonard 0-4, M Glynn 1-0, L Ward, B Hannon & M Seoighe 0-1 each. Donegal: N Hegarty 1-1 (1-0 pen, 1f), K Herron, AB Carr, G McLaughlin & K Guthrie 0-1 each.

Galway - L Murphy; S Burke, S Lynch, S Molloy; O Murphy, F Cooney, C Cooney; B Hannon, L Ward; O Divilly, T Leonard, M Glynn; M Seoighe, R Leonard, S Conneally. Subs: L Coen for Conneally (47), R Ní Flatharta for Glynn (59), M Coyne for C Cooney (59), L Noone for Seoighe (60+1).

Donegal - A McColgan; N McLaughlin, E Gallagher, E McGinley; N Carr, AM McGlynn, N Boyle; K Herron, M Ryan; E Melaugh, G McLaughlin, S McGroddy; A Boyle Carr, K Guthrie, N Hegarty. Subs: K McCleneghan for McGinley (h-t).

Ref - B Rice (Down)

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