New York GAA: Na Fianna dethrone champs, second half charm for K/D, and Dublin in a struggle
Too many Cavan weapons, goals the difference for guards
Player of the game: Kathryn Sullivan (Na Fianna).
Second Half Charm for K/D
Kerry/Donegal 2-15 Fermanagh 3-8
THE second semifinal in the ladies division was a game of two contrasting halves. Fermanagh held a six point lead at the interval, but they only added two points to their total in the second half as Kerry/Donegal caught them and then overtook on the way to victory.
K/D came out flying and they had three of the first four points of the game. Denise Dunnion had two and was showing her undoubted talents.
Fermanagh responded, and they had three points in succession before the 11th minute, with Maeve Redmond causing problems with her running with ball in hand.
After a reply from K/D of two points from Mairead Tenneson and Dunnion, Fermanagh broke the game open. In a four minute span they put the ball in the back of the net three times.
The first came when Aishlinn Gormley took a long low ball into her, and turned to drive to the net. The kickout was returned to the scoring sector and Maeve Redmond pounced on it and fired their second goal. A defensive mistake gave Gormley an opportunity for goal number three and she gladly took it.
Both sides had points in the aftermath to leave Fermanagh ahead 3-6 to 0-7 with six minutes left in the half. K/D finished strongest with three wides and two points to narrow the gap to six at the short whistle.
The second opened with a Dunnion point within seconds. Tennyson followed with a point before Loretta Cunningham had a score at the other end.
When Kelly Roche and Megan McNeilus swapped points it was still anyone’s game at 3-8 to 0-12.
Amazingly that was to be the final score for Fermanagh. K/D chipped away with two points before Marie Dargan fired in a goal to level the tie.
Fermanagh had three chances at the other end but wides were their only result. Tenneson added a free before Dargan put the icing on the win and her player of the game performance with a cracking goal.
The final of the Ladies Championship is now set and will be played on Sunday, July 22 at prime time, 4 p.m.
Fermanagh: 1 Leah Mulherne, 2 Anne Marie Kelly, 3 Roisin Toner, 4 Niamh Friel, 5 Siobhan McCourt, 6 Tracy McCullough, 7 Kerry McGinley, 8 Caitlin Slattery, 9 Sarah Donnelly, 10 Maeve Redmond (1-2), 11 Claire McElroy, 12 Loretta Cunningham (0-1), 13 Megan McNeilus (0-3), 14 Aislinn Gormley (2-1), 15 Caroline Murphy (0-1).
Kerry/Donegal: 1 Roisin McCafferty, 2 Niamh Britton, 3 Collette McElligott, 4 Fiona Shultz, 5 Michelle McVann, 6 Louise Lilly, 7 Amanda McGovern, 8 Olive McCafferty, 9 Mairead Tennyson (0-3), 10 Michelle Dowd, 11 Anita McKenna (0-1), 12 Collette McGoldrick, 13 Denise Dunnion (0-5), 14 Marie Dargan (2-5), 15 Kelly Roche.
Player of the game: Marie Dargan (Kerry/Donegal).
Dublin in a Struggle
Dublin 1-9 Armagh 1-5
DUBLIN got the win in a senior football contest that took a long time to get going in the first half. Declan Reilly was their scorer in chief, and he had an excellent hour.
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