Post-Match Reaction: All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Semi-Final – Roscommon Manager Michael Finneran – August 22 2019

Finneran: No complaints, Meath a step ahead

DAIRE WALSH

Following his side’s crushing All-Ireland Intermediate Championship semi-final defeat to Meath at Nowlan Park on Saturday, Roscommon ladies football manager admitted they were beaten by a better side on the day.

“They’re [Meath] a really strong team and for us to have gotten the better of them today, we’d have needed all the tight calls. Things like that to go for us and instead they went against us. The penalty I thought was debatable. Not to give out about it because Meath, in fairness, were just a step ahead of us today,” Finneran acknowledged after the game.

“Every time we battled back into the game, where we thought we might get a foothold, they did seem to get a goal. They picked a superb goal there, their last goal. Just when I thought maybe if we bang a goal with 15 minutes to go, we could mount a comeback. Instead they go down the field and score a wonder goal. They’re an excellent team and fully deserved winners today.”

Despite coming up short at the semi-final stage for a second year in succession, the Roscommon squad can reflect positively on the way 2019 has panned out overall. Consecutive wins over Leitrim and Sligo guided them towards a Connacht title, while Offaly and Kildare were also accounted for on their road to the penultimate round.

“The girls would have loved to have gotten to Croke Park and competing for an All-Ireland title. That’s not to be. Overall, you’d have to say we’ve had a good championship. A really good run winning Connacht, we’ve been good in the All-Ireland series up to this,” Finneran said.

“A really good performance against Kildare the last day. A lot more highs than lows. Overall, I’d have to say quite happy but disappointed to fall at this hurdle now. We felt there was more in us. We’ve just come up a small bit short.”

Whereas their opponents on Saturday will be plying their trade in Division Two of the LIDL National Football League in 2020, Roscommon remain a tier below them moving into the new year.

Finneran believes promotion through the NFL can be the key to their evolution as a championship team and with the depth of the squad increasing year-by-year, this appears well within their grasp.

“There’s a great panel there. We got a lot of new players into the panel this year. It’s a strong panel, stronger in depth than it was last year. The girls are in a position to push on. The next step would be to get up in the leagues. We’re going to have to get these girls up to Division Two to be competing at All-Ireland series level here in championship,” Finneran added.

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All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Semi-Final: Meath V Roscommon – The Roscommon People – August 22 2019

All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Semi-Final

Meath 4-20

Roscommon 1-12

Roscommon’s memorable All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship odyssey came to an end at the hands of an excellent Meath side at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny last Saturday afternoon.

Despite being on level terms with the Royals on the stroke of 20 minutes – and just three points adrift shortly after the restart – the Rossies couldn’t get to grips with the impressive firepower of the Leinster outfit.

Éire Óg’s Rebecca Finan led the way throughout for Michael Finneran’s charges, finishing the contest with seven points to her name. Aimee O’Connor found the net during the opening period, while substitute Sinead Glennon had a positive impact off the bench.

The primrose and blue had suffered a heavy reversal to the Royals at the same stage last year, and looked to keep it tight during the early exchanges of their latest meeting. In a tentative opening, a Vikki Wall point was cancelled out by a Finan free at a right-hand angle.

There were some warning signs for the Roscommon defence as Orla Byrne flashed a shot inches past the post in the seventh-minute. The Duleek/Bellewstown star eventually opened her account after breaking through the middle and half-forward partner Emma Duggan was also on target for the easterners.

Although Paul Garrigan’s charges passed up a number of opportunities in the first quarter, their maiden goal inevitably arrived on the stroke of ten minutes. At the end of a fast-paced move, Fiona O’Neill was on hand to kick home.

This was a significant set-back for Roscommon, though Finan split the posts either side of an O’Neill single to keep their dream of a final place alive. Indeed, after Western Gaels’ Jenny Higgins and Duggan traded scores, they forced their way back on level terms.

Another Finan point lifted the spirits of the travelling Rossies and it was quickly supplemented by an O’Connor goal off a precise Natalie McHugh pass. The tie was finely balanced as a result and the western women appeared primed to push on for the remainder of the half.

Instead, it was the catalyst for Meath to signpost their own championship aspirations. O’Neill and Duggan contributed points in succession, before Bridgetta Lynch and Kelsey Nesbitt combined to release Byrne for a superb goal.

Another score for the increasingly influential Byrne further emphasised their authority, but Finan’s fifth of the half did at least help Roscommon to end the half in an encouraging manner. There was an additional glimmer of hope on the resumption, when Laura Fleming and the excellent Finan clipped unanswered points.

Unfortunately, their quest for a place in the mid-September showpiece suffered a decisive blow on 36 minutes. As she bore down on goal, the raiding Duggan was fouled inside the square by Kilbride centre-back Alice Kelly.

Referee Stephen McNulty initially played an advantage only to finally award a penalty in Meath’s favour. Duggan dusted herself off to negotiate the resulting spot-kick and expertly slotted beyond the reach of Helena Cummins.

There was a sense that the floodgates were beginning to open at this juncture and while both sides lost players to the sin-bin, it was Meath who dominated proceedings edging towards the final-quarter.

Duggan’s two-point salvo afforded them further leeway and Wall unleashed a thunderbolt to the roof of the net on 44 minutes. Wing-back Megan Thynne also ventured forward to kick a fine score – giving them a seemingly unassailable 4-11 to 1-8 cushion in the process.

Glennon and Higgins eventually ended this lengthy scoring sequence with well-worked points at the far end. McHugh and Finan (free) also found the range in response to Nesbitt and Wall efforts for Meath.

Nonetheless, with places up for grabs ahead of their latest second-tier final appearance, it was Meath who finished the game on a high. Substitutes Emma White (two) and Kate Byrne staked their claims for a starting berth by supplementing O’Neill, Byrne and Nesbitt points in the dying moments.

It was ultimately a disappointing way for Roscommon’s campaign to draw to a close, but it has been a productive 2019 overall for a progressing side.

MEATH: Monica McGuirk; Katie Newe, Sarah Powderly, Orlaith Duff; Shauna Ennis, Megan Thynne (0-1), Sarah Wall; Maire O’Shaughnessy, Aoibhin Cleary; Vikki Wall (1-2), Emma Duggan (1-5, 1-0 pen, 0-2f), Orla Byrne (1-3); Bridgetta Lynch, Fiona O’Neil (1-4), Kelsey Nesbitt (0-2).

Subs used: Emma White (0-2) for Lynch (47), Megan O’Brien for S Wall (50), Kate Byrne (0-1) for O’Shaughnessy (55), Shelly Melia for O’Neill, Aoibheann Leahy for Duggan (both 56).

ROSCOMMON: Helena Cummins; Honor Ennis, Amanda McLoone, Niamh Feeney; Joanne Cregg, Alice Kelly, Sorcha Bruen; Sinead Kenny, Laura Fleming (0-1); Siobhan Tully, Roisin Wynne, Natalie McHugh (0-1); Rebecca Finan (0-7, 4f), Aimee O’Connor (1-0), Jenny Higgins (0-2).

Subs used: Megan Kelly for Feeney (37), Sinead Glennon (0-1) for O’Connor, Rachel Brady for Cregg (both 43), Katie Daly for Fleming (51), Rachel Fitzmaurice for Tully (52).

Referee: Stephen McNulty (Wicklow).

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All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Semi-Final: Tipperary V Sligo – The Sligo Champion – August 20 2019

Gallant Sligo fall short in semi final

ALL-IRELAND INTERMEDIATE LADIES FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL

TIPPERARY…………….3-15

SLIGO…………………….3-5

By Daire Walsh

THEY produced a gallant second half display at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny on Saturday afternoon, but Sligo ultimately fell short to an impressive Tipperary in the All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship semi-final.

Trailing 3-9 to 0-2 with just 22 minutes gone on the clock, the Yeats County proceeded to outscore their Munster counterparts for the remainder of the contest.

While it eventually resulted in a fourth consecutive exit at the last-four stage, Sligo can take great heart and encouragement from the way they responded to a problematic opening.

Despite being on the receiving end of a 3-12 to 2-9 reversal at the hands of Roscommon in this year’s Connacht decider, Sligo bounced back to reach the knockout rounds of the All-Ireland series.

They subsequently edged out the challenge of Offaly, setting up a meeting with Tipperary at the penultimate phase of the competition.

It was always going to be an arduous task against Shane Ronayne’s charges, who were champions at this grade as recently as 2017.

Since retaining their Division One league status in the spring time, the Premier had recorded seven champions win on the bounce.

This made them firm favourites to prevail on the day and they stormed in front with a plethora of unanswered scores.

Aishling Moloney, full-back Maria Curley, Caoimhe Condon and Angela McGuigan all found the target for the rampant southerners.

Sligo eventually hit back through Sarah Reynolds – the centre-forward pointing at the end of an incisive run.

However, this only provided Ted Maloney’s side with a temporary respite.

Squeezed in between a brace of Moloney points, Condon rattled the net off a precise McGuigan pass. This propelled Tipperary into an eight-point cushion and the signs were already quite ominous for Sligo.

They registered a series of wides in succession during the first-quarter and Eoghan Rua’s Sinead Naughton was forced to work hard for a 13th-minute score.

Tipperary were much more efficient with the chances that came their way and maintained a safe distance between themselves and Sligo.

Aisling McCarthy and Roisin Daly raised white flags for the two-time winners – in advance of a clinical McGuigan major on 18 minutes.

After Condon added another point via Moloney’s excellent approach play, the Brian Borus attacker beat St Nathy’s netminder Noelle Gormley for a second time.

Sligo were searching for something to inject fresh life into their play and Ciara Gorman produced it in the 24th-minute.

When presented with a one-on-one opportunity, she delivered a composed finish beyond the reach of Lauren Fitzpatrick.

Nevertheless, a Moloney free ensured Tipperary brought a seemingly unassailable 3-10 to 1-2 cushion into the break.

Sligo had introduced Lauren Boles, Stephanie O’Reilly and Michelle McNamara prior to the interval, and they all made a significant difference.

Following traded frees by Elaine O’Reilly and Moloney, the energetic Stephanie O’Reilly unleashed an unstoppable strike to the roof of the Tipperary net.

Another McCarthy point looked set to keep their rivals on track, but Sligo simply wouldn’t relent.

On the third-quarter mark, Tipp custodian Fitzpatrick was no match for Boles’ brilliant right-footed effort. This reduce the gap to nine points and even though a dramatic fightback was never going to materialise, it was clear Sligo were ready to die with their boots on. McCarthy and Katie Cunningham split the uprights in quick succession for Tipperary, only for Boles and Gorman to do likewise at the far end.

Player of the match Moloney’s sixth point of the tie eased Tipp over the line, but Sligo have left them with enough to ponder ahead of their final showdown against Meath on September 15.

Scorers – Tipperary: Caoimhe Condon 2-2, Aishling Moloney 0-6 (4f), Angela McGuigan 1-1, Aisling McCarthy 0-3, Maria Curley, Roisin Daly, Katie Cunningham 0-1 each.

Sligo: Ciara Gorman (0-1f), Lauren Boles 1-1 each, Stephanie O’Reilly 1-0, Elaine O’Reilly (f), Sarah Reynolds, Sinead Naughton 0-1 each.

Tipperary: Lauren Fitzpatrick; Lucy Spillane, Maria Curley; Emma Cronin; Brid Condon, Samantha Lambert, Caitlin Kennedy; Aisling McCarthy, Anna Rose Kennedy; Roisin Daly, Aishling Moloney, Niamh Lonergan; Caoimhe Condon, Angela McGuigan, Laura Dillon. Subs: Ava Fennessy for Lonergan, Katie Cunningham for Dillon (both 39), Anna Carey for McGuigan (45), Emma Morrissey for Daly (50).

Sligo: Noelle Gormley; Clare Dunne, Grainne O’Loughlin, Jacqui Mulligan; Bernice Byrne, Ruth Goodwin, Ann Marie Coleman; Sinead Regan, Laura-Ann Laffey; Sarah Reynolds, Sinead McTiernan, Sinead Naughton; Elaine O’Reilly, Ciara Gorman, Lisa Casey.

Subs: Lauren Boles for McTiernan, Stephanie O’Reilly for Casey (both 23), Michelle McNamara for Coleman (28), Rachel Monaghan for E O’Reilly (50).

Referee: Kevin Phelan (Laois).

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Billy Dardis Interview On 2020 Olympic Qualification & World Series: The Kildare Nationalist – August 20 2019

RUGBY: BILLY DARDIS INTERVIEW

Dardis still eyeing 2020 Olympics

By Daire Walsh

AS one Irish rugby team finalises their preparations for a global tournament in Japan, Naas’ Billy Dardis is hoping 2020 will see another one embarking on their own journey to East Asia.

Despite ultimately coming up short in a Rugby Europe Olympic qualifier at Colomiers last month, a third-place finish sealed a spot in next summer’s World Rugby Repechage for the Ireland Sevens squad.

Only the winner of the latter will progress to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, and Dardis – the captain of the team – acknowledged it was a disappointment to miss out on an automatic place.

“We obviously went over there [Colomiers] with the mentality that we’d either win or lose. Getting to the Olympics and getting that job done. Getting that boxed ticked this year would have been great, so we could have looked forward to it. There’s all the sort of added benefits, we could have ridden that wave for the whole year,” Dardis acknowledged.

“It would have made a difference marketing wise and motivation wise. At the same time, coming third meant we can get to the Olympic Repechage next year. We’ve another crack at it. Obviously we would have wanted to have qualified straight off, but being positive about it will really sharpen our minds and motivate us for the whole year.”

While it has now turned into an all-consuming goal, Dardis readily admits the Olympics wasn’t on his radar when he was growing up in south Kildare. Given it is now the main priority for the Sevens programme, the former Newbridge College student is prepared to tackle the Repechage with all his might.

“It’s not as if I’ve been working towards it my whole life, but it has just become everything in the last year or two. It would be great for Irish rugby to get a team at the Olympics. We’ll build into the year. Qualifying for the World Series was our main aim this year. Once we got that ticked off, we thought about the Olympics.

“We’ve still got a lot of rugby to play before we get to the Olympic qualifiers. We’re going to look at this year and each weekend on the World Series as a trial. A chance to stamp our mark against the teams that we’re going to be playing in that Olympic Repechage come June.”

Having featured in a number of tournaments as an invitational nation, Ireland finally claimed full World Series status as a result of their outstanding success at the Hong Kong 7s in April.

When you consider they were operating in Rugby Europe Division C as recently as 2015, this represents a remarkable leap forward for the Ireland Sevens programme.

Dubai will be the destination for Ireland’s debut as a core World Series side this December, with the hard work beginning in the next few weeks for Dardis and his team-mates.

“We’ve been building towards that. Qualifying for the World Series, it was everything for the Ireland Sevens programme for the last three or four years. It was incredible. All of us on the squad had never really had that moment. When we won it, it was just incredible. The celebrations went on for a week or two! It was just great to finally do it and get Irish rugby onto the World Series.

“We’ve had four invitational events and they’ve all gone really well. Starting off in December in Dubai as a core team will just be incredible. Hopefully getting to travel to all 10 destinations and the cities you go to are just incredible.

‘We start pre-season on 26 August. We’ll have a three, four week block. Then we’ll have our first pre-season tournament. We’re going to Chester for a tournament. England, USA, Argentina, France, they’ll all send very good teams for that. It’ll be a good hit out.”

Though Sevens will be Dardis’ principle focus for some time to come, he hasn’t ruled out a return to the 15s game in the not-too-distant future. He was released by Leinster in 2017 without making a single first-team appearance and this is something he’d eventually like to put right.

“I do have ambitions of playing 15s again some day. Not getting a professional cap was something that still motivates me. I still have ambitions of playing it, but for the moment I’m pretty happy playing Sevens. It’s very enjoyable, it’s good fun. We get to see the world.

“It’s kind of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we have ahead of us in the next year or so. I’m not really looking beyond the next year or so, rugby wise. We’ll see how it goes over the next year or two anyway. I won’t be ruling it out,” Dardis added.

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Rugby Column Number 162: The Kildare Nationalist – August 20 2019

RUGBY

Moloney makes Leinster debut among strong Kildare contingent

By Daire Walsh

IT proved to be a productive Saturday evening for Leinster’s Kildare contingent at Energia Park as they played their part in a commanding 47-17 pre-season friendly success over Coventry.

No fewer than five Lilywhites were in action for Leo Cullen’s men, who will face Canada at Tim Horton’s Field in Hamilton this coming weekend. They also have a work-out against Northampton Saints to look forward to on September 12 – in advance of a PRO14 opener with Benetton just over a fortnight later.

While Suncroft’s Fergus McFadden was marked absent, there was a Kildare quintet on show in the Donnybrook venue for the Blues’ first outing since last May’s league final triumph at the expense of Glasgow Warriors. Now fully recovered from the injury that curtailed him in the latter half of the 2018/19 season, Kill native Adam Byrne was selected in the back-three alongside Cian Kelleher and Barry Daly.

Following his impressive displays for the Ireland U20s in their memorable Grand Slam victory in the spring, Martin Moloney (Athy) was named in the Leinster back-row. Joining him there on the openside was Donadea’s Will Connors – who already has five first-team appearances to his name.

On the bench, James Tracy (Kill) and Jimmy O’Brien (Eadestown) were also afforded run-outs ahead of the forthcoming campaign. Tracy needs just eight games to reach a landmark 100 caps for Leinster, whereas O’Brien is hoping to build on his seven professional appearances to date.

Having applied relentless pressure on the Coventry defence, Leinster finally broke the deadlock through Vakh Abdaladze’s 16th-minute try. This was eventually supplemented by a Josh Murphy five-pointer – fly-half Harry Byrne (younger brother of Ross) providing the extras.

Adam Byrne was probing to great effect on the right-flank and he was subsequently released by his namesake for Leinster’s third try of the contest. The hosts were in a rampant mood in front of a 2,527-strong crowd and further scores inevitably followed.

Harry Byrne bolstered his personal tally with a seven-point salvo, before the powerful Abdaladze crossed over for a second time. Full-back James Stokes got the visitors up and running in the latter stages of the half, but Leinster were still 28 points (35-7) to the good during the interval.

As is often the case in these affairs, a raft of changes took the sting out of Leinster’s play on the resumption. O’Brien and Tracy were introduced at inside centre and hooker respectively, while Moloney deputised for Connors in the final-quarter after being initially withdrawn at the break.

There was a significant improvements on the Coventry side in the second period, though Max Deegan and Ronan Watters ensured it was a comfortable win for the Blues in the end.

This game served as a curtain-raiser for the Women’s Interprovincial clash between Leinster and Connacht.

The home team prevailed on a final scoreline of 34-6, with Naas native Meabh O’Brien crossing the whitewash in the closing moments of the tie.

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LGFA Round-Up: The Irish Examiner – August 19 2019

Meath and Tipperary advance to All-Ireland final

Ladies Football

Daire Walsh

Meath will face Tipperary in the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Final, after the Royals saw off Roscommon at Nowlan Park.

This game was in the balance well into the second-half with just three points separating the sides before Emma Duggan’s 38th minute penalty pushed Meath clear. From there they didn’t let up and Vikki Wall ended Roscommon’s hopes with a stunning goal of the year contender at the end of the third quarter.

“We’re absolutely delighted. I thought all the girls played really, really well,” said Meath selector Shane Wall. “Whatever game plan we’ve had for every game this year, they’ve gone out and done it. They haven’t let us down all year and hopefully it’ll be the same in the final,” said Wall.

Tipperary manager Shane Ronayne said his side fell well short of the standards they have set for themselves as they saw off Sligo at Nowlan Park, 3-15 to 3-5.

Two first-half goals from Caoimhe Condon and another from Angela McGuigan had Tipperary in total control at the interval, but they only added five points to their total after the break as Sligo staged a comeback of sorts.

“We’d a very, very good first 20 minutes, had gotten an unassailable lead at that stage, but I think the last 40 minutes is something we’ll really look at hard. It wasn’t good enough,” said Ronayne.

Monaghan recorded a convincing 3-18 to 1-10 success against Westmeath at Dunleer yesterday to preserve their senior status for 2020.

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Dublin Adult Football League Division One Round-Up (August 17): Dublingaa.ie – August 19 2019

ADULT FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION ONE ROUND-UP: AUGUST 17

ADULT FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION ONE ROUND-UP: AUGUST 17 

By Daire Walsh 

St Vincent’s moved up to second in the Adult Football League Division One table courtesy of a 2-20 to 1-11 triumph over Thomas Davis at Kiltipper Road last Saturday evening.

Coming hot on the heels of previous successes against Templeogue Synge Street, Naomh Maur and Lucan Sarsfields, this latest win places the Marino men within touching distance of a play-off spot. They secured top-tier league honours last year and will be in no mood to relinquish their crown in 2019.

In a tentative opening to the contest, Tomas Quinn and Adam Baxter pointed to give Vins some early leeway. Davis’ fired back with a superb team goal and it took a brace of Quinn scores to ensure the visitors brought a 0-7 to 1-3 cushion into the interval.

The left the tie delicately poised, especially when you consider Thomas Davis were looking to extend a seven-game unbeaten run in the league. They struggled to make an attacking impact in the second period, however, as Craig Wilson, Jarlath Curley and Michael Concarr all stood firm in the Vins defence.

Quinn maintained his potent threat in attack for the holders, who eventually put the game to bed in the closing 10 minutes. Ex-Mayo forward Enda Varley bagged a brace of goals for Vincent’s in this juncture – the second coming in the dying embers of the play.

Whilst Tony Diamond’s charges are currently a point in front of both Ballymun Kickhams and Na Fianna, they have also have a game more played than their northside rivals. Ballymun face St Jude’s on Wednesday evening at Pairc Ciceam, whereas Na Fianna have a tricky away showdown with Fingallians at the end of the month.

Kilmacud Crokes and Lucan Sarsfields remain in the mix, after both teams experienced contrasting fortunes over the weekend. At 12th Lock, Lucan Sarsfields recorded an impressive 2-11 to 1-11 victory at the expense of Ballinteer St John’s.

Without a win in their previous two league encounters, Crokes were aiming to overcome the challenge posed by Fingallians at Silver Park. It was all going according to plan for the southsiders during the opening period of their clash with the Swords outfit in Leopardstown.

When the half-time whistle was sounded, they held a commanding 0-7 to 0-2 cushion. Yet, with former Dublin footballer Paul Flynn in fine form, Fingallians turned matters around on the resumption.

Donal Keane’s 1-1 salvo aided their cause, while Jamie Cassidy also chipped in with a brace of points. David Killeen and Niall Tormey were also on target, but it was the dynamic Oisin Lynch who proved their scorer-in-chief on the night.

He amassed an outstanding haul of 1-5 over the hour and with Karl Connelly also exerting his influence, Fingallians finished with two points to spare (2-10 to 0-14).

This gives them a shot at avoiding relegation moving into that final league fixture against Na Fianna at Lawless Park. A difficult run had left Skerries Harps on the brink of potential demotion to Division Two.

However, they claimed a crucial victory over Templeogue Synge Street on July 27 and followed it up by claiming the scalp of Naomh Maur at Rush. Despite the concession of goal to Maur’s attacker Chris Carthy, Skerries led by the bare minimum – 0-8 to 1-4 – at the break.

Stephen Smith and Mark Boylan registered two points and former Sky Blues skipper Bryan Cullen had a goal-bound effort turned away by Maur’s custodian Mark Butterly. When the action resumed, Collie Daly, Smith and the excellent Killian McGinnis all found the range to give Skerries some much-needed breathing space.

Dublin U20 sensation Ciaran Archer was becoming increasingly influential for the hosts, though, and he reduced their deficit to a single point moving into the closing moments of the action. Indeed, momentum appeared to be with Maur’s when a Butterly penalty save – off a Smith strike – preceded a goal for substitute Danny Byrne.

Nevertheless, a determined Skerries continued to persevere with their challenge. A Smith free levelled matters and Boylan was then on hand to fist home from close-range.

This was the catalyst for Harps to push forward and a stunning Smith major ensured they had five points to spare (2-14 to 2-9) in the end.

Jack Smith and Sean Rocks were prominent throughout for the victors, although the impressive scoring exploits of Stephen Smith (1-5), Boylan (1-2) and McGinnis (0-3) had a major say in deciding the final outcome.

It was a slightly less congested weekend than normal in AFL1, with a number of encounters set to be re-fixed in the coming weeks. Ballyboden St Enda’s remained idle, but have an unassailable lead at the summit of the table ahead of forthcoming clashes with Thomas Davis and St Brigid’s.

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All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Semi-Final: Meath V Roscommon – Shannonside.ie – August 17 2019

Meath Advance To All-Ireland Final Over Roscommon

Meath will face Tipperary in the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship Final after they produced a powerhouse display in overcoming Roscommon at Nowlan Park writes Daire Walsh.

The attacking quartet of Emma Duggan, Orla Byrne, Fiona O’Neill and Vicki Wall all netted for Meath, who will be seeking to make amends for last year’s final defeat to Tyrone as Meath won out 4-20 to 1-12.

In a tentative opening, points were traded between Wall and Roscommon corner-forward Rebecca Finan. The Royals eventually created some daylight with powerful contributions from Byrne and Duggan, before Dunboyne’s O’Neill kicked to the net on ten minutes to edge them five points in front.

Finan replied either side of an O’Neill point to keep Roscommon in touch and Jenny Higgins also fisted over at a tight angle.

Indeed, after Finan cancelled out a Duggan free, Natalie McHugh released full-forward Aimee O’Connor for a superb goal. Rather than being the catalyst for the Rossies, however, this finish served as a wake-up call for Meath.

After O’Neill and Duggan split the uprights in style, Byrne’s 1-1 salvo propelled Meath towards a 2-8 to 1-6 lead at the break. Finan’s fifth point had helped the westerners to end the opening period in a positive light and they reduced their deficit even further on the restart.

Supplementing Laura Fleming’s close-range effort, the outstanding Eire Og attacker dissected the posts in consummate style on the left-wing. This was the cue for Duggan to take the game by the scruff of the neck, and the Dunboyne star registered 1-2 without reply in a six-minute spell.

When she was pushed to the ground inside the square by Roscommon defender Alice Kelly, the dynamic centre-forward coolly slotted a penalty beyond the reach of Helena Cummins. She subsequently added a brace of points to sustain Meath’s momentum and their fourth goal of the contest inevitably through a Wall thunderbolt on 44 minutes.

This effectively placed the outcome beyond doubt and while Sinead Glennon, Higgins, McHugh and Finan all found the range for the Rossies, Meath continued to inflict damage at the far end.

Wing-back Megan Thynne, Kelsey Nesbitt, Emma White and Kate Byrne were the latest additions to the scoresheet as Meath eased towards their second decider in succession.

Meath: M McGuirk, K Newe, S Powderly, O Duff, S Ennis, M Thynne, S Wall, M O’Shaughnessy, A Cleary, V Wall, E Duggan, O Byrne, B Lynch, F O’Neil, K Nesbitt. Subs: E White for Lynch (47), M O’Brien for S Wall (50), K Byrne for O’Shaughnessy (55), S Melia for O’Neill (56), A Leahy for Duggan (56)

Scorers: E Duggan 1-5 (1-0 pen, 2f), F O’Neill 1-4, O Byrne 1-3, V Wall 1-2, K Nesbitt 0-2, E White 0-2, M Thynne 0-1, K Byrne 0-1

Roscommon: H Cummins, H Ennis, A McLoone, N Feeney, J Cregg, A Kelly, S Bruen, S Kenny, L Fleming, S Tully, R Wynne, N McHugh, R Finan, A O’Connor, J Higgins. Subs: M Kelly for Feeney (37), S Glennon for O’Connor (43), R Brady for Cregg (43), K Daly for Fleming (51), R Fitzmaurice for Tully (52)

Scorers: R Finan 0-7 (4f), A O’Connor 1-0, J Higgins 0-2, L Fleming 0-1, N McHugh 0-1, S Glennon 0-1

Referee: Stephen McNulty (Wicklow)

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All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Semi-Final: Tipperary V Sligo – HoganStand.com – August 17 2019

Ladies: Tipp ease towards decider date with Royals

Tipperary 3-15
Sligo 3-5

by Daire Walsh
at Nowlan Park

Tipperary booked their place in the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship decider on September 15 with an accomplished victory against Sligo at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny.

Thanks to star performances from Aisling McCarthy, Aishling Moloney and Caoimhe Condon, who top scored with 2-2, the Munster champions were full value for their victory. Sligo produced a spirited second period display, but ultimately fell to a fourth consecutive semi-final defeat.

Seeking a second title at this grade in just three years, Tipperary stormed ahead early on courtesy of unanswered points by Moloney, full-back Maria Curley, Condon and Angela McGuigan.

Sligo eventually responded through Sarah Reynolds, but a rampant Tipperary continued to dominate proceedings as the action progressed. In between a brace of Moloney points, Condon rattled the net to move the Premier County eight points in front.

Sligo registered a succession of wides during the first-quarter and Sinead Naughton had to work extremely hard for a 13th-minute score. Tipperary, on the other hand, proved to be ruthlessly efficient in front of goal.

Influential midfielder McCarthy and Roisin Daly subsequently added their names to the scoresheet, preceding clinical three-pointers for McGuigan and Condon.

Even though Ciara Gorman breathed some life into the Sligo challenge with a composed finish beyond Lauren Fitzpatrick’s reach, a Moloney free ensured Tipperary brought a 3-10 to 1-2 cushion into the interval.

Despite the heavy deficit they were facing into Sligo played with great heart on the resumption. Following traded frees from Elaine O’Reilly and Moloney, substitute Stephanie O’Reilly unleashed an unstoppable shot to the roof of the Tipperary net.

Another McCarthy point got Shane Ronayne’s side back on track, only for a sublime Lauren Boles strike to raise another green flag for Sligo on the third-quarter mark. While this offered a different look to the scoreboard, Tipperary were never truly in danger of their letting their lead slip.

McCarthy and Katie Cunningham found the target in quick succession to keep them in pole position for a final spot. Boles and Gorman claimed back-to-back points for the Yeats outfit at the opposite end, but it was Tipperary who had the final say through Moloney’s sixth point of the contest.

They will now face the winner of today’s second semi-final between Roscommon and Meath at the same venue.

Scorers – Tipperary: C Condon 2-2, A Moloney 0-6 (4f), A McGuigan 1-1, A McCarthy 0-3, M Curley 0-1, R Daly 0-1, K Cunningham 0-1.

Sligo: L Boles 1-1, C Gorman 1-1 (1f), S O’Reilly 1-0, E O’Reilly 0-1 (1f), S Reynolds 0-1, S Naughton 0-1.

Tipperary: L Fitzpatrick; L Spillane, M Curley, E Cronin; B Condon, S Lambert, C Kennedy; A McCarthy, AR Kennedy; R Daly, A Moloney, N Lonergan; C Condon, A McGuigan, L Dillon. Subs: A Fennessy for Lonergan (39), K Cunningham for Dillon (39), A Carey for McGuigan (45), E Morrissey for Daly (50).

Sligo: N Gormley; C Dunne, G O’Loughlin, J Mulligan; B Byrne, R Goodwin, AM Coleman; S Regan, LA Laffey; S Reynolds, S McTiernan, S Naughton; E O’Reilly, C Gorman, L Casey. Subs: L Boles for McTiernan (23), S O’Reilly for Casey (23), M McNamara for Coleman (28), R Monaghan for E O’Reilly (50).

Ref: Kevin Phelan (Laois).

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All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Semi-Final: The Nenagh Guardian – August 17 2019

Tipperary book place in All Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Final

Tipperary 3-15

Sligo 3-5

By Daire Walsh

Tipperary booked their place in the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship decider on September 15 with an accomplished victory against Sligo at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny.

Thanks to star performances from Aisling McCarthy, Aishling Moloney and Caoimhe Condon, who top scored with 2-2, the Munster champions were full value for their victory. Sligo produced a spirited second period display, but ultimately fell to a fourth consecutive semi-final defeat.

Seeking a second title at this grade in just three years, Tipperary stormed ahead early on courtesy of unanswered points by Moloney, full-back Maria Curley, Condon and Angela McGuigan.

Sligo eventually responded through Sarah Reynolds, but a rampant Tipperary continued to dominate proceedings as the action progressed. In between a brace of Moloney points, Condon rattled the net to move the Premier County eight points in front.

Sligo registered a succession of wides during the first-quarter and Sinead Naughton had to work extremely hard for a 13th-minute score. Tipperary, on the other hand, proved to be ruthlessly efficient in front of goal.

Influential midfielder McCarthy and Roisin Daly subsequently added their names to the scoresheet, preceding clinical three-pointers for McGuigan and Condon.

Even though Ciara Gorman breathed some life into the Sligo challenge with a composed finish beyond Lauren Fitzpatrick’s reach, a Moloney free ensured Tipperary brought a 3-10 to 1-2 cushion into the interval.

Despite the heavy deficit they were facing into Sligo played with great heart on the resumption. Following traded frees from Elaine O’Reilly and Moloney, substitute Stephanie O’Reilly unleashed an unstoppable shot to the roof of the Tipperary net.

Another McCarthy point got Shane Ronayne’s side back on track, only for a sublime Lauren Boles strike to raise another green flag for Sligo on the third-quarter mark. While this offered a different look to the scoreboard, Tipperary were never truly in danger of their letting their lead slip.

McCarthy and Katie Cunningham found the target in quick succession to keep them in pole position for a final spot. Boles and Gorman claimed back-to-back points for the Yeats outfit at the opposite end, but it was Tipperary who had the final say through Moloney’s sixth point of the contest.

They will now face the winner of today’s second semi-final between Roscommon and Meath at the same venue.

Scorers – Tipperary: C Condon 2-2, A Moloney 0-6 (4f), A McGuigan 1-1, A McCarthy 0-3, M Curley 0-1, R Daly 0-1, K Cunningham 0-1.

Sligo: L Boles 1-1, C Gorman 1-1 (1f), S O’Reilly 1-0, E O’Reilly 0-1 (1f), S Reynolds 0-1, S Naughton 0-1.

Tipperary: L Fitzpatrick; L Spillane, M Curley, E Cronin; B Condon, S Lambert, C Kennedy; A McCarthy, AR Kennedy; R Daly, A Moloney, N Lonergan; C Condon, A McGuigan, L Dillon. Subs: A Fennessy for Lonergan (39), K Cunningham for Dillon (39), A Carey for McGuigan (45), E Morrissey for Daly (50).

Sligo: N Gormley; C Dunne, G O’Loughlin, J Mulligan; B Byrne, R Goodwin, AM Coleman; S Regan, LA Laffey; S Reynolds, S McTiernan, S Naughton; E O’Reilly, C Gorman, L Casey. Subs: L Boles for McTiernan (23), S O’Reilly for Casey (23), M McNamara for Coleman (28), R Monaghan for E O’Reilly (50).

Ref: Kevin Phelan (Laois).

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