Dublin And Cork Could Set Up A TG4 All Ireland Championship Semi Final Meeting
Compiled by Jackie Cahill
BIG-hitters Dublin and Cork could set up a TG4 All Ireland semi-final crunch over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Should Dublin, the reigning TG4 All-Ireland senior champions, and Lidl NFL Division 1 winners Cork come through their quarter-finals against Kerry and Tyrone respectively, the 2018 Finalists will meet in the last four at Croke Park on August 25th.
Cork face off against Tyrone at Duggan Park in Ballinasloe in Saturday’s quarter-final, while Dublin take on Kerry in Tullamore on Monday.
Elsewhere over the weekend, the All-Ireland Minor A and B winners will be crowned, while there are four TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate quarter-finals down for decision on Sunday.
Viewers can watch the All-Ireland Minor B Final between Longford and Roscommon, along with the Cork-Tyrone senior clash, on the LGFA Facebook Page on Saturday: https://www.facebook.com/LadiesGaelicFootball/
On Monday, TG4 will bring viewers live coverage of the All-Ireland Minor A Final between Cork and Monaghan, and the Dublin-Kerry showdown, with both games fixed for Bord na Móna O’Connor Park.
Monday 5th August 2019
TG4 All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final – ET if necessary
Dublin v Kerry; Bord na Móna O’Connor Park, Tullamore, 4.45pm
Dublin stuttered against Westmeath in the Leinster Final before finally coming good to claim an eighth straight provincial title.
The Sky Blues, going for a third successive All-Ireland title, appear to have blown off the cobwebs with big victories over Waterford and Monaghan since then in the group stages of the All-Ireland series, but there may still be a fear that they haven’t been fully tested.
Kerry’s passage to the last eight of the All-Ireland series has been far from straightforward.
They didn’t make the Munster Final but showed improved form to run Galway to four points, before claiming a gritty two-point victory against Westmeath in front of a big Killarney crowd last Sunday to make it through.
Kerry know that they need a huge step-up in performance to match up to Dublin, who have beaten them in the 2018 quarter-final and in the semi-finals two years ago.
Both sides are an hour away from a semi-final slot at Croke Park on August 25, where they’ll meet the winners of the Cork-Tyrone quarter-final.
Bord na Móna Park in Tullamore will provide the fitting backdrop to what should be a fiercely-contested tie.
Dublin: C Trant; É Rutledge, N Collins, M Byrne; A Kane, S Goldrick, O Carey; L Magee, S McGrath; C Rowe, N McEvoy, L Davey; S Aherne, N Healy, J Dunne.
Kerry: L Fitzgerald; A O’Reilly, E Lynch, J O’Sullivan; A O’Connell, T Breen, C Murphy; L Scanlon, A Brosnan; N Carmody, A Galvin, E Dineen; S Houlihan, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh, H O’Donoghue.
Saturday 3rd August 2019
All-Ireland Minor B Final
Roscommon v Longford; St Barry’s, Termonbarry, Co. Roscommon, 1pm – LIVE on LGFA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LadiesGaelicFootball/
Roscommon will aim to erase the hurt of last year’s Final loss against Kildare when they tackle Longford.
Roscommon won this competition back in 2009 but have lost Finals in 2012, 2016 and 2018 since then.
They’ll hope for a change of fortune against Longford, who are appearing in a very first All-Ireland Minor Final.
Having won the All-Ireland U16B title recently, Longford will hope to now complete what would be a memorable ‘double.’
In their recent semi-final, Roscommon edged out Clare after an epic game, while Longford were afforded a bye to the Final.
Longford: R McGrath; C Sutton, S Dawson, K McLoughlin; C Mulligan, O Nevin, M Claffey; K Shannon, G Shannon; D Rooney, C Healy, L McGuire; C Lohan, H Mulvihill, H Glennon.
Roscommon: H Martin; R Mulligan, S Wynne, A Walsh; A Kildea, K Colgan, K McPhillips; S McVeigh, S Kilroe; M McKeon, K Shine, E Irwin; A O’Connor, K Harrington, O Kelly.
TG4 All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final – ET if necessary
Cork v Tyrone; Duggan Park, Ballinasloe, 3pm – LIVE on LGFA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LadiesGaelicFootball/
Cork boss Ephie Fitzgerald has reacted to last weekend’s shock loss to Armagh by making five changes in personnel for this quarter-final clash with Tyrone.
The Red Hands are boosted, meanwhile, by the return of skipper Neamh Woods from World Cup duty with the Northern Ireland netball squad.
There should be a reaction from Cork following the Armagh slump, and the memories of the seismic 2010 All-Ireland quarter-final defeat against Tyrone should also serve to focus Rebel minds.
But Tyrone are here very much on merit, having seen off Donegal in the group stages, while also running table-toppers Mayo to three points.
Tyrone have adapted very well to life back in the senior ranks, following their 2018 All-Ireland Intermediate win.
This is very much bonus territory for Gerry Moane and his side, who will look to expose any chinks in the Cork armour.
Cork will have one eye on a potential semi-final with Dublin at Croke Park on August 25, but they have work to do before that becomes a reality.
Cork: M O’Brien; E Meaney, H Looney, M Duggan; E Spillane, S Kelly, A Hutchings; M O’Callaghan, O Farmer; Á O’Sullivan, C O’Sullivan, E Scally; L Coppinger, S Noonan, O Finn.
Tyrone: S Lynch; C Hunter, J Barrett, C Conway; E Brennan, T McLaughlin, N McGirr; E.J. Gervin, S McCarroll; N Woods, M Canavan, A McHugh; N O’Neill, C Kelly, C McCaffrey.
Sunday 4th August 2019
TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship Quarter-Finals – ET if necessary
Wexford v Meath; Crettyard, 2pm
A repeat of the Leinster Final sees Wexford and Meath lock horns again in the All-Ireland series.
Meath finished second in their four-team group behind Tipperary, beating Wicklow and Longford to make the last eight.
Wexford, meanwhile, were impressive as they topped a group that also contained Laois and Clare, claiming two wins from two.
This promises to be an excellent game in Crettyard, with the winners to face Roscommon or Kildare in the semi-finals at Nowlan Park on August 17.
Wexford: M.R. Kelly; N Mernagh, M Cullen, A Tormey; C Donnelly, S Murphy, S Harding Kenny; K Kearney, B Breen; N Butler, A Murphy, N Moore; F Rochford, M Byrne, C Foxe.
Meath: M McGuirk; K Newe, S Powderly, O Duff; A Cleary, S Ennis, M Thynne; M O’Shaughessy, K Byrne; O Lally, E Duggan, O Byrne; E White, K Nesbitt, V Wall.
Roscommon v Kildare; Kinnegad, 1.30pm
Another interesting tie in store in Kinnegad, as Connacht champions Roscommon look to maintain their good form.
The Rossies beat Leitrim and Offaly to top Group 4, with Kildare second in Group 1 behind Sligo to claim a quarter-final berth.
The sides have already met in 2019, when Roscommon edged out Kildare by two points in Division 3 of the Lidl National League.
This promises to be another close encounter, with a semi-final against Wexford or Meath on offer for the winners.
Roscommon: H Cummins; H Ennis, A McLoone, N Feeney; J Cregg, A Kelly, S Bruen; S Kenny, L Fleming; S Tully, R Wynne, N McHugh; R Finan, A O’Connor, R Fitzmaurice.
Kildare: D McGinn; R Cribbin, L Gilbert, S Kendrick; C Sullivan, S Munnelly, T Duggan; S O’Sullivan, G Clifford; L Curran, N Dooley, A Rattigan; E Dowling, O Sullivan, M McKenna.
Sligo v Offaly; Kinnegad 3.15pm
Sligo recently underwent a management change but they still did enough to top Group 1 of the All-Ireland qualifiers.
That’s set them up for a quarter-final showdown with an improving Offaly side, who finished second behind Roscommon in Group 4.
When these sides met in Division 3 of the Lidl National League, however, Sligo ran out 13-point winners.
Offaly have come on since then and should be far more competitive on this occasion, as the two counties aim for a semi-final against Tipperary or Clare.
Sligo: N Gormley; M McNamara, G O’Loughlin; C Dunne, B Byrne, A.M. Coleman; R Goodwin, S Reynolds; S Regan, L.A. Laffey, S Naughton; E O’Reilly, L Casey, C Gorman.
Offaly: L Dunne; A Carey, A.M. McCormack, B Bryant; A Kehoe, A Gavin Mangan, E Nally; E Maher, T Dunne; M Byrne, J Byrne, K Kehoe; R Ennis, D Hannon, S Cummins.
Tipperary v Clare; Staker Wallace, Co. Limerick, 2pm
Championship favourites Tipperary have cruised through to the All-Ireland quarter-finals, scoring big wins over Meath, Wicklow and Longford and finishing on top of Group 2 with a +52 scoring difference.
But opponents Clare, who were runners-up behind Wexford in Group 3, present a threat.
When the sides met in the group stages of the Munster championship, just four points separated them, but Tipp ran out comprehensive 0-20 to 1-4 winners in the provincial decider.
How big a scar that latter defeat has left on Clare remains to be seen, as the provincial rivals clash for the right to face Sligo or Offaly in the last four.
Tipperary: L Fitzpatrick; L Spillane, M Curley, E Cronin; B Condon, S Lambert, C Kennedy; A McCarthy, A.R. Kennedy; N Lonergan, A Moloney, L Dillon; O O’Dwyer, A McGuigan, A Fennessy.
Clare: Ciara Harvey; A Keane, E O’Gorman, G Harvey; C O’Leary, L Ryan, S Ní Chonaill; O Devitt, E O’Connor; R Considine, A Considine, Caoimhe Harvey; G Nolan, N O’Dea, F Marrinan.
Monday 5th August 2019
All-Ireland Minor A Final – ET if necessary
Cork v Monaghan; Bord na Móna O’Connor Park, Tullamore, 3pm
Cork are contesting a sixth consecutive All-Ireland Minor A Final, which is a quite remarkable record of consistency, while Monaghan have reached this stage for the first time in 20 years.
Having lost out to Galway in a magnificent Final at the Gaelic Grounds last year, Cork are back for another shot at glory, having won three successive titles from 2015-2017.
Monaghan, meanwhile, will hope to add to their previous All-Ireland Minor A title wins from 1994, 1998 and 1999.
Cork gained revenge over Galway at the semi-final stage, as Monaghan enjoyed an impressive victory over Meath.
Cork can call upon seven survivors from the team that started the 2018 Final, including the same inside trio of Ellie Jack, Katie Quirke and Fiona Keating, while Abbie O’Mahony came on as a sub against Galway last year.
Monaghan will look to Hannah Sherlock and Amy Garland for attacking inspiration, as the pair scored 2-8 between them against Meath.
In Cork’s semi-final against Galway, Quirke (1-7) and Keating (1-4) were in sparkling form, bagging a combined 2-11.
Cork: S Murphy; R Ní Chorcora, E Baker, R Sheehan; E O’Shea, I Sheehan, C Keane; E Mullins, A O’Mahony; C Dooley, J Murphy, F Ahern; E Jack, K Quirke, F Keating.
Monaghan: C Duffy; C Brennan, M Monaghan, A Garland; A Traynor, J Duffy, L Garland; A McAnespie, M Linden; C Ward, A Loughman, J Duffy; H Sherlock, J Drury, M Greenan.