Galway U16 ladies through to another All Ireland Final

HOLDERS Galway will face Meath in the All-Ireland Under 16 ‘A’ Ladies Football Final on July 24th, after last night’s semi-final action. The Galway girls were too strong for Cork, while Meath overcame Cavan 3-12 to 1-8 and the final in two week’s time promises to be a thriller as Galway go for 3 in a row, while Meath look for their first U16 A title since 2009.

In Cahir, a strong closing 10 minutes to the first half was key for Galway, as they claimed a 3-20 to 1-9 win over Cork. The sides were tied on five occasions early on, before Galway found an extra gear, with Ellen Power (1-1), Laura Kelly (1-0) and Verona Crowley (1-2) finding the net on the way to a 17-point win.

In a keenly contested encounter, both sides contributed brilliantly to an excellent game of football, with Cork first to find the net. Orlaith Roche sent a blazing effort past Galway keeper Alana Griffin in the 20th minute to put Cork 1-5 to 0-6 in front.

However, Galway responded with 1-5 unanswered before the break, including Power’s goal, and the Westerners never looked back. Cork were held to just four points in the second half, with Crowley’s 36th minute goal handing Galway a 2-14 to 1-6 lead, before Kelly found the net for the final score of the match.

Coilin Duffy reports from Cahir…

After the game, Coilin spoke to Galway manager Stephen Hession…