Dublin Senior Ladies Footballers Qualify For All Ireland Final.
Full-Time in the TG4 All Ireland Ladies Senior Semi-Final between Dublin and Galway in Cusack Park,Mullingar and Its huge congratulations to Dublin who have qualified for the All Ireland Final on September the 28th In Croke Park after defeating Galway on a scoreline of:
Dublin 2-14 Galway 1-12
What a game and what a jam packed second half which had everything in it,sin binning,a penalty,superb goals and points,pinpoint passing and a master class in tackling.
Dublin were excellent in the second-half and fully deserved their victory. Just like at the start of the first thirty minutes Galway got through for another attempt at goal but once again their was no way past Cliodhna O’Connor in the Dublin goal.
The next ten minutes were fairly tight with both sides struggling to find their range. Then a brilliant move from Dublin that went the length of the pitch ended up with second half sub Siobhan Woods playing an excellent pass across the Galway goal to Lyndsay Peat who palmed the ball to the back of the net.
Galway replied with a point from Barbara Hannon and minutes later came a very controversial moment. A long ball was sent towards the Dublin backline and it went over the head of the last defender Leah Caffrey who was tightly marking her opponent. As both players turned the Galway attacker fell to the ground,it looked for all intensive purposes that she tripped over her own feet but the referee blew for a foul and then compounded the error by sending Leah to the sin bin.
Galway’s Annette Clark duly converted the free and with fifteen minutes still left on the clock Dublin would have to play for ten of those minutes down to fourteen players.
But this just spurred Dublin on and a great point from Siobhan Woods was quickly followed by a Sinead Aherne free. Dublin then drove forward and Carla Rowe after an excellent run passed the ball to Sinead Aherne who like lightening returned the ball back to Carla who Buried it to the back of the net and Dublin were well and truly in the driving seat.
The excellent Annette Clarke replied with a point for Galway but it was quickly cancelled out by a good point from Noelle Healy and at this stage Galway desperately needed goals to have any chance of getting back into the game.
Galway were given a lifeline when with six minutes to go they were awarded a fairly soft penalty and up stepped Clarke to finally get the ball past Dublin’s rock solid net minder. Dublin’s lead had been cut to four points now and Galway went desperately in search of another goal to cut Dublin’s lead even further.
But time and time again they came up against a brick wall of defence as Dublin were not going to be denied victory on this day. They threw their bodies on the line and hassled and harried Galway into either being dispossessed,shooting wildly wide or over carrying the ball.
Dublin’s Sinead Aherne uncharacteristically missed from a free after a well worked move forced Galway into a foul. But she made amends moments later with another free that was clinically struck over the bar.
Galway gave it one last hurrah to get that elusive second goal to give them faint hope to get something from the game but Dublin held firm and would not allow them a sight of the target. Galway were awarded a late free which was put over the bar and it turned out to be the last score of the game.
Dublin won the kickout and with the clock running down held on to possession till the final hooter. When it sounded the emotions over spilled among the players and the tears of joy flowed at the realization that they had got to the promised land of All Ireland Final Day at the end of September a date they truly deserved after a fantastic season and a brilliant display in today’s semi final.
There were so many brilliant displays from players all over the pitch today for Dublin and I’m glad I wasn’t given the job of picking the player of the match. But there could be no arguments with the winner and that was Dublin’s Lyndsey Davey who put in a outstanding shift. Besides the points she scored today,it’s was her work rate and link play that really stood out. Her constant movement led to her being available for a pass throughout the game and she was always an out ball for the backs. On top of all that Lyndsey tracked players back time after time and turned the ball over a number of times particularly when the Dubs were down a player.
I could name outstanding displays all over the pitch from Dublin like Lyndsay Peats master class up front and as a defender when Dublin were down to fourteen and also Denise Masterson’s commanding display in midfield but I’ll leave it with just two players that had to be neck and neck with Lyndsey Davey for the player of the match and that’s two of the younger players Carla Rowe and Molly Lamb who were just awesome today.
This Dublin team is special they are a joy to watch and the skill levels,fitness levels,entertainment,commitment and excitement they bring to every game is unreal. They are a credit to Dublin and deserve all the support they can get,so let’s get out on the 28th Of September and roar them on to All Ireland Glory. -Nigel