New York GAA - Strong start seals it for Na Fianna
Second half wins it for KD, Cavan win easy, Dublin in a struggle
Ladies Semi Finals
Na Fianna 2-14 Cavan 1-14
In the first three minutes Na Fianna had 1-01 on the board and it was a lead that they lost but were able to regain with a strong second half showing when they used a rousing start to again open up the lead. Aoife Herbert had the goal in the third minute but Cavan then replied with 1-06 to 0-01 over the next twelve minutes. Denise McKenna finished the goal well when she took a long ball from Linda McKeon and finished to the net. Na Fianna replied almost immediately with a goal of their own Herbert’s second of the day and they were level pegging as the half arrived 2-07 to 1-10. In a low scoring second half in comparison Na Fianna added five of the first seven scores. Aine Dwyer kicked three but the score by Emer Considine was tremendous as she soloed fifty yards riding tackles before slotting over. Cavan had a penalty saved with ten minutes left and had opportunities as Na Fianna had two players in the sin bin. All they could get however was points from Davey and McKenna that were cancelled out by Dwyer and Sullivan as Na Fianna held on for the win.
Cavan 1 Nora Kilkenny 2 Catherina Raferty 3 Nicola O’Reilly 4 Caroline McBrien 5 Ashley Callery 6 Hazel Kingham (0-01)7 Katie McEvoy 8 Linda McKeon (0-01)9 Maraid Ruane 10 Alisa Jordon 11 Lindsay Davey (0-06)12 Rosie O’Reilly (0-01) 13 Nicola King 14 Denise McKenna (1-04)15 Kelly Donaghue Subs Mary Hanley
Na Fianna 1 Alison Leydon 2 Bridget Judd 3 Cathriona Lynch 4 Imelda Mullarkey 5 Stephanie Tierney 6 Kathryn Sullivan (0-02)7 Shannon Spillane 8 Aine Dwyer (0-05) 9 Fiona Dwyer 10 Kelly McCormack 11 Brianna Tierney (0-02)12 Emer Considine (0-01)13 Aoife Herbert (2-01)14 Mary O’Rourke (0-01)15 Natasha Barnwell (0-02)
Player of the game Kathryn Sullivan (Na Fianna)
Second half wins it for KD
Kerry/Donegal 2-15 Fermanagh 3-08
Kerry/Donegal used a dominating second half to get the win and a place in the final versus Na Fianna. They withstood a three goal salvo in the first half and held Fermanagh to just two points in the second half. It was 3-06 to 0-09 on the strength of the three goals that arrived in a three minute burst in the middle of the first half. The impressive play of Marie Dargan and Denise Dunnion kept the winners in the game. While Fermanagh had two of the first five points of the second half that was to be the extent of their scoring. They were over run by Kerry/Donegal who drew level with a goal by Dargan and then pulled ahead with points from Tennyson and Dargan again.
Fermanagh 1 Leah Mulherne 2 Anne Marie Kelly 3 Roisin Toner 4 Naimh Freil 5 Siobhan McCourt 6 Tracy McCullough 7 Kerry McGinley 8 Caitlin Slattery 9 Sarah Donnelly 10 Maeve Redmond (1-02) 11 Claire McElroy 12 Loretta Cunningham (0-01) 13 Megan McNeilus (0-03)14 Aislinn Gormally (2-01)15 Caroline Murphy (0-01)
Kerry/Donegal 1 Roisin McCafferty 2 Naimh Britton 3 Collette McElligott 4 Fiona Shultz 5 Michelle McVann 6 Louise Lilly 7 Amanda McGovern 8 Olive McCafferty 9 Mareid Tennyson (0-03) 10 Michelle Dowd 11 Anita McKenna (0-01) 12 Collette McGoldrick 13 Denise Dunnion (0-05) 14 Marie Dargan (2-05) 15 Kelly Roche
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