Wednesday 25 April 2018

TG4 ladies SFC Semi-Final


Kerry v Monaghan, Birr, 5.0, K Tighe.

*Live TG4

Monaghan have looked like serious contenders for the Brendan Martin Cup throughout their championship campaign, cruising through the Ulster Championship before overcoming Meath 2-13 to 0-8 in the All-Ireland quarter-final last month.

The Ulster champions have been impressive from 1 to 15 this season and look well equipped to win their first All-Ireland title since 1999. Kerry on the other hand, were defeated by Cork in the Munster final, but bounced back well with impressive victories over Donegal and Mayo in the All-Ireland series.

Many had predicted a Cork-Monaghan final at the beginning of the All-Ireland series and considering the Farney Ladies' performances throughout the championships to date, they go into this one as marginal favourites. However, they were favourites in the league semi-finals and they failed to deliver. Don't expect Kerry to go down without a fight either.

Verdict: Monaghan

Kerry -- E Murphy; C Kelly, A Leonard, A Lyons; D Hallissey, A Desmond, SJ Joy; L Scanlon, B Breen; D Cronin, M O Donoghue, L Galvin; S Houlihan, P Dennehy, L Ni Mhuirtceartaigh.

Monaghan -- L Martin; G McNally, S Courtney, C Reilly; A McAnespie, N Fahy, L Connolly; A Casey, C Courtney; T McNally, E McCarron, C McConnell; C Mc Anespie, N Kindlon, C Mohan.

TG4 ladies IFC Semi-Final

Westmeath v Limerick, Birr, 3.15,

L McDonagh. *Live TG4

The 2010 Junior Championship winners Limerick have been impressive in the Intermediate Championship this year, with Dymphna O'Brien particularly clinical.

Westmeath have had a superb year, winning a first ever national title by way of a Division 4 League title against Roscommon. Both sides are confident and playing good football, but this one may well come down to the fact that Westmeath have a wider spread of scorers and you can expect Laura Walsh and Maud-Anne Foley to match the scoring of O'Brien on the day.

Verdict: Westmeath

Westmeath -- G Leahy; T Durkan, G Kearney, C Finch; K Jordan, J Rogers, M Malone; MA Foley, F Claffey; E Finn (c), R Kearney, J Maher; E Morris, K Somers, L Walsh

Limerick -- M Giltenane; C Hickey, S Healy, A Neary; T Mulcaire, E McGuire, C Sheehy; Y Moynihan, N Richardson; E Ryan, M Flanagan, K Colbert; S McAuliffe, D O'Brien, J O'Gorman

TG4 ladies JFC Semi-Final

New York v Wexford, Birr, 1.0, (M Duffy)

After defeating Carlow last week, New York face sterner competition in the form of Group A winners Wexford who 14-43 in three group games, with forwards Fiona Rochford and Tara Maloney impressing throughout the Championship.

If Wexford play to the standard they have shown, then New York could well be making the long trip home next week, with a dream of playing in Croke Park being postponed for another year at least. However, if New York were able to keep their feet on the ground after a week at home, there could be one more flight for New York to make to Dublin before the year is out.

Verdict: Wexford

New York -- A Leyden; L Lilly, T McCullagh, I Mullarkey; J Garcia, C Brady, J Monaghan; L McKeon, A O'Dwyer; K Lynch, K Roche, M De Búrca; M T. O'Rourke, M O'Rourke (c), E Clarke

Wexford -- M Kelly; M Quill, N Scallan, L Tector; J Kelly, N Cullen, C Donnelly,;N Crosbie, D Fox; S Kehoe, F Rochford, A Evered; T Maloney, L Goff, L Evered


All-Ireland MHC Final

Dublin v Galway, 1.15, Croke Park,

J Ryan (Tipperary). *LIVE TV3

ONE WAG has suggested that the Irish Press Cup should be re-named after Mattie Murphy if the Galway minor manager pulls off another victory tomorrow.

This year's young Tribesmen are chasing a ninth title and victory would be a remarkable sixth under Murphy's stewardship, including '92, '94, '04, '05 and '09.

They've had a shorter route to get here -- playing Antrim (they rattled in eight goals) before Clare took them to extra-time.

Murphy has made two changes in personnel since, bringing in Dean Higgins at midfield and Jack Carr to full-forward.

Jason Flynn and Jonathan Glynn are among their key attackers and Adrian Tuohy is, significantly, now at wing-back.

And while Daragh Burke is out after shipping an injury against Antrim, he got the cast off his hand last week and could yet make a significant cameo.

Dublin, unchanged, are back in their first final since Niall Quinn graced the 1983 decider when, coincidentally, they also faced Galway who beat them on a 0-10 to 0-7 scoreline.

Quite how their dual stars -- Cormac Costello, Ciaran Kilkenny, Emmet O'Conghaile and Eric Lowndes -- are managing with contesting two All-Ireland finals is anyone's guess, but they are among their best hurlers. Paul Winters and wing-back Matthew McCaffrey, brother of county senior star Johnny, are two other standouts.

Dublin beat Wexford, Westmeath and Kilkenny to win Leinster, but it was their 6-19 against a fancied Waterford side that has thrown them under the spotlight.

They built up a 21-point lead in that contest, but when Waterford ran at them through the middle they conceded five goals in the final quarter, resulting in that remarkable 6-19 to 5-13 scoreline.

Thus, questions remain about their defence.

Minors are notoriously inconsistent, but Dublin have more games under their belt and Shay Boland's side play a nice brand of teamwork to add to their individual skills.

If they stick to that and forget about chasing goals, they should become the first Dublin minor champions since 1965.

Verdict: Dublin

DUBLIN-- C Ryan; E Lowndes, C O'Callaghan, S McClelland C Crummy, J Desmond, M McCaffrey; C Cronin, G Whelan; E O'Conghaile, C McHugh, C Kilkenny; C Costello, A Clabby, P Winters.

GALWAY -- S Mannion; C Diviney, P Killeen, P Mannion; A Tuohy, S Sweeney, J Hansbury; P Brehony, D Higgins; J Flynn, J Glynn, B Lane; G Donoghue, J Carr, S Moloney.

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