Ladies GAA

  • Dublin City University (DCU) 2-12

    University of Limerick (UL) 0-17

    Emma Duffy reports from Abbotstown

    CAPTAIN Fantastic Aishling Moloney swung over a sensational late winner as Dublin City University edged UL to be crowned Gourmet Food Parlour O’Connor Cup champions for the first time since 2011.

    There was just a single point in the difference at Abbotstown, and fittingly it was skipper Moloney who settled a gripping tie in the dying seconds. 

    The Tipperary ace finished with 0-7 to her name, while goals from Cavan’s Aisling Sheridan and Mayo’s Sarah Rowe helped the Dublin college past the holders to victory.

    Cork sharpshooter Eimear Scally bagged 0-11 at the other end, while Grace Kelly and Shauna Howley hit 0-3 apiece.

    But ultimately, DCU did just enough to seal the win in a fiery affair. Even when reduced to 14 with Moloney sent to the sin-bin, they withstood a period of dominance from UL, which saw Scally’s pristine free-taking to the fore.

    It was UL who drew first blood through Mayo’s Grace Kelly before DCU showed their intent immediately at the other end, Moloney getting the ball rolling.

    As the sides settled into the encounter, the vicious speed and tempo was evident from the get-go.

    The first goal of the game came with 16 minutes on the clock – Mayo forward Niamh Kelly’s effort dropped short, but Sheridan bundled the ball over the line following a scramble to make it 1-3 to 0-3.

    Kelly and her sister, Grace, exchanged points moments after, as they went head-to-head for the first time ever.

    As half-time approached, Scally kept frees ticking over while Rowe closed proceedings at the break with the score reading 1-7 to 0-7.

    On the restart, UL raised the tempo with Fiona McHale and Louise Ward working hard around the middle. And just as Moloney was shown a yellow card for a challenge on Laurie Ryan, they started to claw their way on top.

    Scally’s expert kicking from frees continued while Howley produced two stunning efforts to swing the momentum in their favour.

    But then came Moloney back to the field after her 10-minute stint in the bin. Straight into the thick of the action, she was involved in the attack which resulted in a DCU penalty.

    Rowe stepped up to find the back of the net despite Caoimhe Moore getting her fingertips to it, and the same player added a point straight after.

    Scally levelled matters at the other end directly after, but it took a moment of magic from Moloney at the death to ensure the O’Connor Cup would head to DCU.

    Scorers for DCU: Aishling Moloney 0-7 (3f), Sarah Rowe 1-3 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), Aisling Sheridan 1-1, Niamh Kelly 0-1.

    Scorers for UL: Eimear Scally 0-11 (10f), Grace Kelly & Shauna Howley 0-3 each. 

    DCU: E Ní Eafa; L McGinley, K Murray, D Geaney; E Rutledge, L Caffrey, H Hegarty; M Atkinson, L Magee; N Kelly, A Moloney, A Murphy; A Sheridan, S Rowe, A Cleary.

    Subs: A Murphy for V Wall (47), N Rickard for Rutledge (58)

     

    UL: C Moore; A Kelleher, M Curley, S Murphy; L Ryan, A Healy, F McHale; L Ward, S Kelly; S Howley, L Rogers, A McCarthy; R Howard, E Scally, G Kelly.

     

    Subs: A Davoren for Howard (h.t.), O O’Dwyer for Healy (h.t.), A Considine for Kelleher (48), J Cregg for McCarthy (54). 

     

    Ref – G Chapman (Sligo).

     

  • Ladies All-Ireland U14 B Final 
    Mayo v Tipperary 
    Sunday June 17th at 2pm in Duggan Park, Ballinalsoe 

  • The GAA, Camogie Association and Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) are pleased to announce that draft memorandums of understanding have been agreed between the GAA and the Camogie Association, and between the GAA and the LGFA.

    The proposed memorandums seek to establish stronger links between the three organisations and are the result of over six months of separate discussion by the GAA with both organisations.

    The memorandums will become effective only when they have been approved by the Central Council of each organisation. In the case of the Camogie Association, a proposal to approve the memorandum will be discussed at its meeting on Wednesday March 14th, by the GAA on Saturday March 24th and by the LGFA on March 26th.

    The memorandums reflect the shared vision of the three organisations for a new overall organisational model within which the games, ideals and aspiration of all three Associations are equally developed and promoted. They recognise areas of common interest and give the Camogie Association and the LGFA representation on GAA committees, and vice versa. The memorandums have been drafted to a similar template but differ in that they reflect the different stages that the organisations have reached in discussions on developing a new relationship.

    While the proposals in these memorandums aim to strengthen the links within the family of Gaelic Games at national level only, they also commit the three organisations to explore a framework for further integration at provincial, county and club level.

    Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Fearghail said: “I am delighted to confirm that draft Memorandums of Understanding have been agreed with both Cumann Camógaíochta and Cumann Peile na mBan and the closer worker relationship that these arrangements will give rise to is to be warmly welcomed.

  • THE draws for the newly-introduced round-robin stages of the TG4 All-Ireland senior championships have been revealed.

    The four groups, each containing three counties, were drawn at the Ladies Gaelic Football Association’s rescheduled Annual Congress, taking place on Friday evening and Saturday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dundalk.

    The four groups read as follows:

    Group 1:

    Ulster champions

    Munster runner-up (beaten Munster finalist)

    Loser of Cork v Tipp Munster semi-final

     

    Group 2:

    Munster champions

    Ulster runner-up (beaten Ulster finalist)

    Loser of Donegal v Monaghan Ulster semi-final

     

    Group 3:

    Connacht champions (Galway or Mayo)

    Leinster runner-up (beaten Leinster finalist – Dublin or Westmeath)

    Loser of Kerry v Waterford Munster semi-final

     

    Group 4:

    Leinster champions (Dublin or Westmeath)

    Connacht runner-up (beaten Connacht finalist – Galway or Mayo)

    Loser of Cavan v Armagh Ulster semi-final

     

    The draw for the 2018 TG4 All-Ireland intermediate championship group stages will be released on Saturday, April 28.

     

    ***The TG4 All-Ireland intermediate championship draws will be announced on Saturday (April 28)***

     

    2018 TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football championship summer schedule

     

    Saturday July 14 – TG4 Ladies Football championship – 1pm and 3pm

    Saturday July 21 – TG4 Ladies Football championship – 3pm and 4.45pm

    Saturday July 28 – TG4 Ladies Football championship – 1pm and 7pm

    Monday August 6 – TG4 Ladies Football 1/4 finals – 3pm and 4.45pm 

    Sunday August 12 – TG4 Ladies Football 1/4 finals – 5pm and 6.45pm 

    Saturday August 18 – TG4 Ladies Football semi-finals – 4pm and 5.45pm 

    Saturday August 25 – TG4 Ladies Football semi-finals – 12.30pm and 2.15pm 

    Sunday September 16 – TG4 All-Ireland finals

  • Mayo Senior Football League
    Division 1 
    Claremorris 2-17 
    Ballintubber 0-14

    Ladies Connacht U16 B Final 
    Mayo 6-20 
    Roscommon 2-08

    Connacht Minor Championship 
    Galway 4-18 
    Roscommon 0-08

  • Ladies All-Ireland Minor A Final 
    Galway 5-07 
    Cork 2-15

    Minor B Final 
    Kildare 2-15 
    Roscommon 2-06

     

  • TG4 Ladies Connacht Senior Football Final 
    Galway 0-17 
    Mayo 1-12 

  • Ladies Connacht U16 A Final 
    Galway 5-12 
    Mayo 4-07

  • Ladies Connacht Minor Championship 
    Galway 3-11
    Mayo 2-08

  • Statement from Galway Ladies Senior management regarding Sunday's Connacht Final: 

    "The Galway Senior Ladies Football management expresses its dismay and disappointment and that the appointment by Connacht LGFA of former Mayo minor ladies football manager Gerry Carmody as referee for their Connacht senior final with Mayo at MacHale Park, Castlebar this Sunday stands as is.

    The decision by Connacht LGFA to dismiss Galway’s objection, we believe, calls not only the integrity of this year's Connacht final into question but also that of an administration which has shown a blatant disregard for Galway ladies football with this appointment and, indeed, the spirit of the game of ladies’ football.

    We would consequently call on LGFA and Croke Park to investigate this matter thoroughly, determining as to how such an appointment could be made, and take swift and appropriate action.

    This is the fifth consecutive year Galway must travel to MacHale Park for the provincial decider and the appointment of Mr. Carmody, who has mentored a number of the current Mayo senior players as Mayo minor boss between 2012 - 2013, is a gross error of judgement by Connacht LGFA.

    We recognise Mr. Carmody, who changed his inter-county designation from Mayo to Roscommon, is not to blame for this current predicament but, by the same token, it would be remiss of Galway senior ladies management, on behalf of our set-up, not to object to the appointment of someone who has represented Mayo as both a ladies’ football inter-county manager and as one of their designated referees over a number of years.

    Galway Ladies Board has informed us this morning that the appointment stands on two grounds – both of which we would dispute. The first is that Mr. Carmody changed his designation two years ago – which is irrelevant given his close association to Mayo. However, it is also untrue as the LGFA national website featured Mr. Carmody in a profile as ‘Mayo Referee’ in September 2016, which is less than two years ago.

    Secondly, Connacht LGFA assert that Mr. Carmody is the most qualified referee in Connacht. This may be the case but, in light of his previous history with Mayo, this doesn’t align with the spirit of the game.

    Indeed, we, as a management, would question why a referee with no affiliation to either of the competing counties could not have been selected for Sunday's game by Connacht LGFA.

    This is a regrettable situation. We had endeavoured to deal with this in a quieter manner by bringing our appeal to Connacht Council this week but the failure of this administration to satisfactorily address our concerns has forced us to take this issue into the public arena.

    We are disappointed that we have to do so and that we have to deal with this disruption in the week leading into the Connacht final. However, we would hope that by bringing this matter to light in the public domain that this decision would be reversed."

  • Lidl National Football League Division 1

    Cork 1-12 Mayo 2-8

    Dublin 1-15 Galway 1-17

    Monaghan 1-10 Westmeath 0-11

    Donegal 6-11 Kerry 0-9

     

    Lidl National Football League Division 2

    Tyrone 6-9 Clare 2-9

    Waterford 4-9 Cavan 1-6

    Tipperary 4-19 Sligo 0-7

    Armagh 3-12 Laois 2-6

     

    Lidl National Football League Division 3

    Down 3-17 Kildare 4-13

    Longford 2-12 Offaly 2-12

    Wexford 3-12 Meath 2-6

    Roscommon 0-0 Leitrim CONC

     

    Lidl National Football League Division 4

    Wicklow 2-12 Fermanagh 1-8

    Antrim 0-6 Louth 0-8

    Kilkenny 0-6 Carlow 6-26

    Limerick 6-10 Derry 1-4

     

  • THERE are 22 survivors from the teams that lined out in the 2017 TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football final in Dublin and Mayo’s starting line-ups for Sunday’s eagerly-anticipated Lidl NFL Division 1 final at Parnell Park (4.0).

    Dublin boss Mick Bohan and his Mayo counterpart Peter Leahy have both revealed teams laced with big-match experience.

    Bohan has gone with 12 of the team that started at Croke Park last September while Leahy has opted for ten.

    From the TG4 All-Ireland winning side, Bohan is going with all bar defenders Sinead Finnegan and Rachel Ruddy, along with attacker Carla Rowe.

    Ruddy is unavailable to Bohan this year while Finnegan and Rowe are working their way back from recent injuries.

    Leahy, meanwhile, will not be calling upon Cora Staunton for the League showpiece, while fellow long-serving stars Martha Carter, who recently rejoined the Mayo squad, and goalkeeper Yvonne Byrne won’t be involved either.

    The immediate futures of Staunton and Byrne should become clearer following Sunday’s final, while Orla Conlon and Ciara Whyte also started for Mayo in last year’s final.

    When comparing last September’s line-ups, into the Dublin team come 2010 All-Ireland winner Siobhán McGrath, Deirdre Murphy and Oonagh Whyte, who scored two goals against Mayo when the sides met in the group stages of the 2018 League campaign in Castlebar.

    For Mayo, meanwhile, there are starts for Emma Lowther, Danielle Caldwell, Clodagh McManamon, Shauna Howley and Sinéad Cafferky.

    Rachel Kearns, who lined out in the half-back line in last year’s final, is now between the sticks for Mayo.

    All eight of the weekend’s Lidl NFL finalists have revealed their teams.


    Lidl NFL Division 1 final:

     

    Dublin – C Trant; M Byrne, D Murphy, L Caffrey; S McGrath, S Goldrick, N Collins; L Magee, O Carey; N Owens, N McEvoy, L Davey; O Whyte, N Healy, S Aherne (capt.).

     

    Mayo – Rachel Kearns: Emma Lowther, Sarah Tierney (capt.), Doireann Hughes; Marie Corbett, Danielle Caldwell, Fiona Doherty; Aileen Gilroy, Clodagh McManamon; Fiona McHale, Shauna Howley, Sinead Cafferky; Niamh Kelly, Sarah Rowe, Grace Kelly.

     

  • Ladies All-Ireland U16B Semi-Final 
    Mayo 9-16 
    Armagh 2-06 

    Mayo will play Laois on July 25th with a time and venue to be confirmed 

    Ladies All-Ireland U16A Semi-Final 
    Galway 3-22 
    Donegal 4-04 

    Galway will play Kerry on July 25th with a time and venue to be decided 

  • Ladies All-Ireland U14 B Semi-Finals
    Mayo 2-10 
    Antrim 3-06 

    Tipperary 6-14 
    Westmeath 2-06 

    It will be Tipperary v Mayo in the final in three weeks time 

     

  • Ladies All-Ireland U14 B Final 
    Mayo 7-10 
    Tipperary 3-14 

  • The Mayo Ladies defeated Cavan in their opening Group 4 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship encounter on Saturday afternoon in Clones.

    This was a highly entertaining game, which ended with Mayo winning out on a 3-23 to 4-13 scoreline.

    The win was all the more impressive in a week where a large number of players left the squad.

    Mayo manager Peter Leahy addressed that after the game in a prepared statement. He said while it is correct to say the players it is reported have left, have indeed left the panel, it is not correct to say it is all down to the one issue highlighted by some of the players. He said a number of players informed management that they were leaving for purely personal reasons.  

    He said that at no stage was any player ever asked to leave the panel.

    He outlined a timeline for the events that had occurred in the lead up to the game. 

    He said about one hour before a training session in Bekan, on Thursday July 5th, a club secretary called him to say that all eight members of that club were withdrawing from the panel due to player welfare issues. 

    Peter Leahy says he informed the County Board and the other players and they held a full training sessions that night. 

    He said that over the next five days, four more players withdrew from the panel and three of those four informed the liaison officer that they were withdrawing for purely personal reasons and not the reasons quoted by the previous eight, while the fourth player has not communicated a reason for leaving. 

    The Mayo County Board continues to give the players involved any help needed.

    Mr Leahy also paid tribute to the players, his management team and the County Board for their co-operation and the way they have conducted themselves over the past number of days.

     

  • Division 1 

    Kilmoremoy 3-09 Louisburgh 3-18

    Charlestown 1-05 Knockmore 4-12

    Hollymount 0-07 Castlebar Mitchels 2-06

    Carnacon 7-13       Moy Davitts 3-08


    Division 2

    St Brigids 3-08 Cill Chomain 4-15 
     

    Div 3A

    Claremorris B 2-06 Breaffy 1-08

     

     

    DIV 3B

    Davitts 4-12 The Neale 2-14

           

     

  • Division 1

    Burrishoole 5-03 Swinford Killasser 7-05

    St Mary's 6-06 Parke KC 4-05

    Kilmoremoy A 4-06 Knockmore 3-09

    Ballyhaunis 3-05 Westport A 7-15

     

    Division 2

    Charlestown 10-11 Moy Davitts 2-04

    Davitts 4-11 C.L. McHale Rovers 5-12

    Kilitmagh 6-03 Breaffy 6-12

    St Brigid's 0-02 Castlebar Mitchels A 6-06

    Carnacon bye

     

    Division 3 
    Kilmaine 3-14 Louisburgh 1-06

    Westport B 5-05 Ballinrobe 3-06

    Kilmeena 4-6 Hollymount 3-06

    Tuar Mhic Éadaigh 2-04 Claremorris A 6-09

     

    Division 4 

    Claremorris B 6-07 Castlebar Mitchels B 9-06 
    Kilmovee Shamocks 2-11 Islandeady 1-02 
    Westport C 5-02 Belmullet 10-12
    Balla V Kilmoremoy B PP 
    The Neale bye

  • MAYO sisters Grace and Niamh Kelly will go head to head for Gourmet Food Parlour O’Connor Cup glory on Sunday.

    Holders University of Limerick, who have Grace in their ranks, booked their place in a fifth successive decider with a 3-14 to 1-11 victory over UCC at IT Blanchardstown on Saturday.

    In what was a repeat of the 2017 decider, Mayo star Shauna Howley’s 2-1 proved vital for the winners, before a late Emma Needham goal put the seal on victory for a UL side managed by DJ Collins.

    UL’s final opponents will be Niamh Kelly’s DCU, who were comfortable 3-13 to 0-10 winners against UCD in a Dublin derby semi-final.

    DCU captain Aishling Moloney, a 2017 TG4 All-Ireland intermediate winner with Tipperary, led by example with a contribution of 1-6.

    Mayo’s Sarah Rowe and Meath ace Vikki Wall were the other DCU goalscorers in the second half as they advanced to a first final since 2015, when UL claimed the silverware.

    Sunday’s showpiece is also a repeat of the League decider between champions DCU and UL, and both teams have justified their status as favourites to reach the GFP O’Connor Cup final.

    UCC gave UL a real battle in their semi-final, with Cork duo Libby Coppinger and Orlagh Farmer doing well, while Waterford’s Geraldine Power was another to impress.

    But UCC were missing the services of Cork camogie duo Hannah Looney and Maebh Cahalane, and UL did enough to advance.

    They were off to a flying star when Howley netted with just 23 seconds on the clock, and UL never looked back.

    Aoife Geaney scored a late penalty for UCC but it was star-studded UL who kept alive their hopes of a fourth GFP O’Connor Cup win in five seasons.

    Sunday’s final will have a 4pm throw-in time at Abbotstown’s GAA National Games Development Centre, and will be streamed LIVE at the following link on the Spórt TG4 YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkyZ2b2YMJE

  • A new supporters' club for Mayo Ladies Football has been announced. 

    The club, Mayo Mban, is an independent group of family, friends and supporters who have come together to help the Green and Red in their quest to win the All-Ireland title.

    In a statement today a spokesperson said: Mayo Mban pride ourselves on transparency and everything we do will be documented fully. We have a committee in place and will be unveiling some very imaginative projects in the coming days and weeks. We would like people in all corners of our great county and in every nook and cranny of the planet to become part of Mayo Mban and help our wonderful footballers climb the steps of the Hogan Stand in September.

    Details of how people can get involved will be released in the coming days.

    Jennifer Murphy (Chair)

    Angela Kearns (Vice Chair)

    Michael Gallagher (Secretary)

    Breda Kelly (Treasurer)