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Saturday 19 October 2019

Limerick progress while minnows impress

Rita O'Shea clinched the winning point when she hit a five-wood to three feet at the par-three 18th to secure a two-up win over Nicola Sheridan. (stock photo)
Rita O'Shea clinched the winning point when she hit a five-wood to three feet at the par-three 18th to secure a two-up win over Nicola Sheridan. (stock photo)

Brian Keogh

Limerick will face Massereene for glory in the AIG Senior Foursomes final, but it was minnows New Forest and Kilmashogue who stole the show at Knightsbrook Resort.

Affiliated to the ILGU just six years ago, New Forest were thrilled to beat Castlebar 3.5-1.5 in the semi-finals of the AIG Minor Cup.

Rita O'Shea clinched the winning point when she hit a five-wood to three feet at the par-three 18th to secure a two-up win over Nicola Sheridan.

"This is only our second year fielding a team," New Forest Captain Mary Fallon said. "We have 50 members and three years ago we only had 20, so almost all our members have come through the Get Into Golf scheme and we have a fantastic group."

Making the final is an equally massive achievement for Kilmashogue in Dublin who beat Tralee 3-2 with Marian Judge holding her nerve to beat Geraldine Reen by one hole in the decisive match.

"We only have 89 lady members and we are tiny," team manager Breda Murtagh said. "We literally have just eight players in the Minor Cup category - just the bare amount to make up the team and subs.

"So we can't afford anyone to be sick. We can't believe we beat the mighty Tralee in such a tight match."

In the Senior Foursomes, Limerick beat Courtown 2.5-0.5 and will face Massereene, who beat Woodbrook.

Mullingar beat Monkstown 3-2 and will face Loughrea in the AIG Intermediate Cup final.

Emma Duffy Keena got Mullingar over the line while Loughrea edged out Castlerock when Tanya White won on the 19th.

Meanwhile, Templemore will take on Gort in today's final of the Fred Perry Trophy for over 55s at County Sligo.

Woodenbridge put up a fight, but Templemore ran out 3.5-1.5 winners as Gort beat Ulster champions Loughgall by the same margin.

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