Dublin’s Senior Ladies Football Squad Qualify For All Ireland Semi Final.
Full-Time in the TG4 Ladies Senior Football All Ireland Quarter Final between Dublin and Kerry in St.Brendan’s Park,Birr,Co.Offaly and it’s congratulations to Dublin who have beaten Kerry on a scoreline of:
Dublin 2-12 Kerry 1-10
Dublin have qualified for the All Ireland Semi-Finals after a hard working and determined second thirty minutes. Kerry had to change their game plan after the break and committed more players into the attack and got their running game going.
Kerry scored the first point of the second half and immediately pushed up on Dublin to try and force Dublin’s goalkeeper Clíodhna O’Connor to kick the ball to a congested midfield area. Dublin though were winning their fair share of the ball and attacking Kerry at pace. The movement of Player of the Match Sinead Aherne,Lyndsey Davey and Lyndsay Peat was causing the Kerry back line plenty of problems and they were always out in front available for a pass.
Dublin’s Noelle Healy really started to test Kerry’s rearguard with some incisive powerful runs leaving defenders in her wake. One of these runs led to Dublin’s second goal. Noelle took a pass turned and put on the afterburners leaving three Kerry players choking on the fumes from her jet powered heels as she bore down on goal and clinically dispatched the ball to the back of the net to give the Dubs a bit of breathing space.
Kerry still had plenty of fight left in them and drove at Dublin in waves during a brief spell of dominance. One of these attacks almost led to a goal for the ladies from the kingdom and Dublin had the base of the post to thank for keeping the ball out.
Dublin were battling hard to wrestle back control of the game and strong defending from Sorcha Furlong,Rachel Ruddy and Leah Caffrey helped repel the push being made by Kerry.
Kerry did manage to find the back of the net with a very dubious goal,it looked that there was four Kerry forwards standing in the square when a high ball arrived and should have been a free out.
Dublin at this stage could have been forgiven if they got a little nervous with the ghosts of last year raising their heads. But after a few minutes of a little bit of panic setting in up stepped the unshakeable Lyndsey Davey to score a beauty of a point to settle the rest of her teammates. This was quickly followed by two points from the tirelessly working Carla Rowe and with the clock running down Dublin had once again kept Kerry at arms length.
Kerry did try to give it one last hurrah but they needed goals now to reverse the inevitable result, but Dublin were not going to be denied this time in Birr and some rock solid defending and closing down of space denied the Kerry forwards the opportunity to raise the green flags they desperately needed and Dublin held firm till the final hooter sounded for a well deserved victory. Roll on the Semi-Final. -Nigel