Monday 23 April 2018

Rebelettes to meet Armagh in semis as Dublin progress

Caoimhe Mohan, Monaghan, in action against Mairéad Coyne, Galway
Caoimhe Mohan, Monaghan, in action against Mairéad Coyne, Galway

EAMONN Ryan's TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football champions, Cork, will face Armagh in the last four of this year's competition.

The semi-final pairings were confirmed on Saturday after Dublin and Galway, champions in Leinster and Connacht respectively, advanced to the last four. With the race for the Brendan Martin Cup reaching a gripping conclusion, the semi-finals will be contested by the four provincial winners.

Cork face off against Armagh in a repeat of last year's qualifier, which the Rebelettes won narrowly by a point. And Dublin will face Galway in the other semi-final, after both teams won their quarter-finals at St Brendan's Park, Birr, on Saturday.

Galway edged past last year's beaten finalists, Monaghan, by three points, 0-17 to 0-14, with 10 different players getting on the scoresheet.

Galway led by 0-7 to 0-6 at half-time, but the introduction of Caoimhe Mohan provided Monaghan with fresh impetus and the Westerners suffered a major injury blow when captain Sinead Burke limped off with an ankle problem. The sides were level at 0-10 apiece, but Galway finished strongly to win.

Meanwhile, goals in either half from Niamh McEvoy and Noelle Healy proved crucial for Dublin as they ensured that Kerry lost. Sinead Aherne scored 0-8, as they ran out 2-12 to 1-10 winners.

McEvoy's goal ensured a 1-9 to 0-3 half-time advantage. Kerry launched a revival after the restart, but Healy's goal put Dublin firmly in control. The Kingdom scored a consolation goal through Deirdre Corridan.

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