All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Final – Kildare 1-13 Clare 1-12

Kildare defeated Clare by 1-13 to 1-12 in the All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Final on Sunday September 25th at Croke Park.


TG4 All-Ireland ladies intermediate football final

Kildare 1-13 Clare 1-12

By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park

GOALKEEPER Mary Hulgraine was the star of the show as Kildare atoned for last year’s TG4 All-Ireland ladies intermediate final defeat by going one better at Croke Park this afternoon.

The Lilywhites edged out Clare by just a single point to win the Mary Quinn Memorial Cup – despite losing centre back Aishling Savage to the sin bin for ten minutes in the second half. Hulgraine performed heroics throughout to keep Clare at bay, as the Banner County were denied a first intermediate crown since 2009.

Kildare will return to the senior grade next year and will do so on the back of a first All-Ireland win since the junior success back in 2004. It’s a first-ever intermediate crown for Kildare and they had to battle for it after Clare came from seven points down in the first half to draw level at the break. Kildare looked winners all over as they opened up a 1-7 to 0-3 lead in the first half but Clare hit 1-4 without reply to get level by half-time.

Noelle Earley’s goal in the seventh minute, set up by Eadaoin Connolly, was a crucial score for Kildare and with Hulgraine keeping the Banner at bay at the other end, Alan Barry’s charges were in control. But Clare finally breached Hulgraine’s goal in the 28th minute when star forward Niamh O’Dea supplied Ailish Considine for a fine goal. That was the final score of the half, as the sides went in level at 1-7 apiece, but Clare were presented with a glorious chance to move ahead three minutes into the second half.

Gráinne Nolan was fouled and the corner forward assumed penalty responsibilities herself. But Nolan failed to connect as she would have liked and Hulgraine got down to her left, executing a decent save. That was a pivotal moment as Kildare registered the next three scores – inspirational captain Aisling Holton, Maria Moolick and Ellen Dowling (free) on target.

But after Kildare lost Savage to the sin-bin, Clare worked their way back and were level at 1-11 each down the home straight.
Kildare responded with points from Holton and sub Molly Price (free) – as O’Dea’s fifth point, a free in stoppage time, proved mere consolation as time ran out for the Munster champions.

Teams & scorers –
Scorers for Kildare: N Earley 1-1, R Byrne (1f) & E Dowling (3f) 0-3 each, A Holton & M Moolick 0-2 each, E Connolly & M Price (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: N O’Dea 0-5 (1f), A Considine 1-1, G Nolan 0-4f, S Bohannon & C Hickey 0-1 each.

KILDARE: M Hulgraine; T Duggan, P Keatley, R Cribbin; S Kendrick, A Savage, M Nolan; E Burke, A Holton; R Byrne, M Moolick, E Connolly; M McKenna, N Earley, E Dowling
Subs: R Reidy for Keatley (h.t.), E Fogarty for Byrne (38), M Price for McKenna (50), R Corrigan for Savage (52), G Lyons for Connolly (55).

CLARE: E O’Driscoll; K McCormack, L Ryan, S Harvey; R Considine, E O’Gorman, G Harvey; L Henchy, B Mahon; S Bohannon, A Considine, N Keane; C Hickey, N O’Dea, G Nolan
Subs: C Harvey for G Harvey (h.t.), A Keane for Hickey (42).

Referee: K Delahunty (Tipperary).


Team News

CLARE: E O’Driscoll; K McCormack, L Ryan, S Harvey; R Considine, E O’Gorman, G Harvey; L Henchy, B Mahon; S Bohannon, A Considine, N Keane; C Hickey, N O’Dea, G Nolan.

KILDARE: M Hulgraine; T Duggan, P Keatley, R Cribbin; S Kendrick, A Savage, M Nolan; E Burke, A Holton; R Byrne, M Moolick, É Connolly; M McKenna, N Earley, E Dowling

All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Final – Cork 1-7 Dublin 1-6

Cork defeated Dublin by 1-7 to 1-6 in the All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Final on Sunday September 25th at Croke Park.



TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football final

Cork 1-7
Dublin 1-6

By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park

CORK are TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football champions for the 11th time in 12 seasons.

The Rebelettes sealed six-in-a-row with a narrow one-point victory over Dublin in front of a record 34,445 attendance at Croke Park – as Ephie Fitzgerald capped his first year in charge with the ultimate reward. It’s the third successive year that Cork have seen off the Sky Blues in the Brendan Martin Cup decider and they turned the screw in the second half to get the job done in a low-scoring encounter.
But with just a point between the sides at full-time, a disallowed Carla Rowe effort that looked a certain score in the first half could be a post-game bone of contention.

Still, Dublin were four points down in the final minute before Sinéad Aherne netted a penalty for the Sky Blues with essentially the last kick of the game. Cork’s Rena Buckley received the player of the match award and it was fully merited as the Leesiders turned up the heat and built up a decisive lead at a crucial stage in the second half.

The sides were level at 1-3 to 0-6 with 20 minutes remaining before Cork struck for four unanswered points between the 48th and 54th minutes. Doireann O’Sullivan scored three of them – each equally brilliant in its own right as Orla Finn also chipped in with a valuable score.

Dublin scored just 1-2 in the second half – including Aherne’s penalty – as Cork pulled down the shutters. At half-time, the sides had shared just seven points, Dublin ahead by 0-4 to 0-3

They’ll argue that it should have been a two-point advantage as TV replays indicated that Rowe’s 22nd-minute effort clipped the inside of Martina O’Brien’s right hand upright and went over the bar. Cork moved two points clear early on but Dublin worked their way back into contention and they were level seven minutes before the break, Lyndsey Davey slotting over the equalising score.

And Aherne was on target two minutes before the break with the lead score as Dublin hit the front for the first time. The opening score of the second half went to Aherne and Dublin as they opened up a 0-5 to 0-3 advantage but Cork had sprung Rhona Ní Bhuachalla from the bench at half-time.

Two years ago, Ní Bhuachalla scored a crucial goal as Cork came from ten points down to catch Dublin and she was at it again today.
Captain Ciara O’Sullivan created the chance with a driving run and Ní Bhuachalla was on hand to find the net with a low finish. That goal had Cork 1-3 to 0-5 in front but Dublin were level with McEvoy’s 40th minute score. But then Dublin entered the Cork ‘death zone’ as the Rebelettes turned up the heat and came with a crucial run of scores.

Teams & scorers –

Scorers for Cork: R Ní Bhuachalla 1-0, O Finn (2f) & D O’Sullivan (1f) 0-3 each, O Farmer 0-1.

Scorers for Dublin: S Aherne 1-3 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), N Healy, N McEvoy & L Davey 0-1 each.

CORK: M O’Brien; M Ambrose, B Stack, R Phelan; S Kelly, D O’Reilly, V Foley; A Walsh, B Corkery; R Buckley, Á O’Sullivan, O Farmer; C O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan, O Finn
Subs: R Ní Bhuachalla for Á O’Sullivan (h.t.), E Scally for Walsh (44).

DUBLIN: C Trant; O Carey, D Murphy, L Caffrey; S Goldrick, S Finnegan, N Collins; L Magee, N McEvoy; M Lamb, N Healy, C Rowe; L Davey, S Aherne, N Owens
Subs: S Woods for Owens (44), M Ní Scanaill for Caffrey (44), S Furlong for Lamb (50), O Leonard for McEvoy (52), L Collins for Murphy (53).

Referee: B Rice (Down)




Team News

Cork: Martina O’Brien; Marie Ambrose, Bríd Stack, Róisín Phelan; Vera Foley, Deirdre O’Reilly, Shauna Kelly; Rena Buckley, Briege Corkery; Annie Walsh, Ciara O’Sullivan (capt), Orlagh Farmer; Áine O’Sullivan, Doireann O’Sullivan, Orla Finn

Dublin: Ciara Trant; Olwen Carey, Deirdre Murphy, Leah Caffrey; Sinéad Goldrick, Sinéad Finnegan, Niamh Collins; Lauren Magee, Molly Lamb; Noelle Healy (capt); Nicole Owens, Carla Rowe; Niamh McEvoy, Sinéad Aherne, Lyndsey Davey