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The Football Championship is down to the Final in Intermediate with for the second year in a row two teams from the West  contesting  the final, Michéal Breathnach who were beaten in last years decider after a replay with An Spidéal now face Oughterard in the decider.Micheal Breathnach Web

Micheál Breathnach

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Oughterard

The Senior championship is now at semi-final stage with Tuam Stars against Maigh Cuilinn and Corofin playing Salthill-Knocknacarra

All Ireland Senior Camogie Final

GALWAY 3-14 KILKENNY 0-17

By Daragh O Conchuir at Croke Park

Three first-half goals, and particularly two just before half-time from Niamh Hanniffy and Ailish O’Reilly, and a player-of-the-match performance from Niamh Kilkenny were key as Galway held off a determined Kilkenny in front of a record attendance for a standalone Final of 24,730, to bag a third Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship.

The attendance figure was notable, maintaining a trend of increase that is emphasised by the fact that it was almost double the 12,476 that saw the 2014 deciders.

The game matched the auspicious occasion, providing a welter of excitement, wonderful skill, some stunning scores and relentless effort.

Galway’s preparations were hindered significantly by a knee injury suffered by ace defender Tara Kenny on Thursday night.

That brought Catherine Finnerty into the fray and though Kenny was a resounding loss, her replacement would go on to be hugely influential.

Another notable point from the throw-in was the deployment of Caitriona Cormican, the player who gave up ladies football to concentrate on Camogie this year and was the side’s vice-captain, being deployed to mark the very dangerous Anne Dalton and she too would perform magnificently.

As you would have expected, Kilkenny threw everything at Galway in the second half, having trailed by seven points after Carrie Dolan’s point soon after the restart and they were back within two by the 50th minute.

But just as they had done when the sides met in the League Final at the end of March, Galway showed the mental strength that has epitomised them all season and pulled away once more to inflict a third consecutive September defeat on the Cats.

Michelle Quilty hit the first of eight points from a free in the first minute but the Galway crowd were lifted off their seats within seconds, O’Reilly hitting the roof of the net after Niamh Kilkenny’s stunning swivel of the hips had gotten her away.

Kilkenny followed with a fantastic point from 50m but the Noresiders gradually settled into the fray well, firing over six of the next eight points to move two clear.

Denise Gaule, Davina Tobin and Marian Walsh all split the posts from play while Quilty was unerring from placed balls as the increasingly-overworked Galway defence began to give away frees

Quilty and Carrie Dolan added a brace of points each before Cathal Murray’s charges hit the purple patch that ultimately proved decisive.

Finnerty had a point before Hanniffy slid a ground shot to the net in the 26th minute, after O’Reilly and Sarah Spellman had threatened.

O’Reilly did the business two minutes later for her second, Finnerty supplying Kilkenny, whose delivery made its way through to O’Reilly, who made no mistake with only Emma Kavanagh to beat.

Kavanagh denied O’Reilly a hat-trick just before the short whistle and Grace Walsh cleared Spellman’s follow-up out for a 45, which Dolan slotted to make it 3-7 to 0-10 at the change of ends.

Dolan made it seven early in the second half but Kilkenny gradually reeled their opponents in. Quilty, Aoife Doyle, Miriam Walsh, Anna Farrell, Denise Gaule and an unusually quiet Anne Dalton were among the points and it was a two-point affair with 10 minutes of regulation time, and four minutes of injury time remaining.

Ann Downey’s crew wouldn’t score again however, while Galway found another gear, finishing with four consecutive points, one from a free in the middle of the field by goalkeeper Sarah Healy and two from their own on-fire Kilkenny to end a six-year wait to get their hands on the O’Duffy Cup.

Scorers for Galway: C Dolan 0-6 (4fs, 2 45s), A O’Reilly 2-0, N Kilkenny 0-4, N Hanniffy 1-0, N Coen, S Spellman, C Finnerty, and Sarah Healy (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilkenny: M Quilty 0-8 (7fs), M Walsh, D Gaule (1f), A Dalton (1f) 0-2 each, D Tobin, A Farrell, and A Doyle 0-1 each.

GALWAY: Sarah Healy, Shauna Healy, S Dervan, H Cooney, L Ryan, C Cormican, E Helebert, A Donohue, N Kilkenny, S Spellman, N Coen, C Finnerty, N Hanniffy, A O’Reilly

Subs: A M Starr for Coen (42).

KILKENNY: E Kavanagh, C Dormer, C Foley, E Keane, K Doyle, C Phelan, G Walsh, M Farrell, D Tobin, A Farrell, K Power, A Dalton, M Quilty, M Walsh, D Gaule.

Subs: A Doyle for Keane (29), D Morrissey for A Doyle (56).

REFEREE: Ray Kelly (Kildare).

Intermediate Championship Semi-Final Draws:

Dunmore McHales      V                      Oughterard

Micheal Breathnach   V                      Cortoon Shamrocks

Senior Championship Qtr Final Draws:

Corofin                        V                      Mountbellew/Moylough

Tuam Stars                  V                      An Spidéal

Salthill/Knocknacarra V                     Claregalway

Maigh Cuilinn             V                      St Michael’s

Senior Relegation Draws:

Killererin                     V                      Caherlistrane

An Cheathrú Rua       V                      Naomh Anna, Leitir Mór

St James                      V                      CLG Bhearna

Please Note:  All games to be played on weekend 21st/22nd September, 2019

Intermediate Football Championship Quarter Finals

Its down to the last eight in the championship this weekend starting on Saturday in Tuam Stadium where Dunmore MacHales meet Oranmore-Maree in Tuam Stadium at 5.00, the MacHales were undefeated in the  group beating Menlough 1-16 to 1-10, Cortoon-Shamrocks 3-12 to 1-12 and Oilean Árann by two points 2-15 to 2-13.Matthew Reddington  is their leading scorer on 1-23.

Oranmore –Maree beat St Gabriels by 1-19 to 1-11 and Corofin by 1-12 to 10 and drew with Kilconly on a scoreline of 1-14 to 2-11 with Mark Ronaldson their top marksman with 1-17.

The other three games are on Sunday with two in Pearse Stadium, Oughterard against Caltra at 3.00 and Kilconly against Micheál Breathnach at 4.45. Oughterard were joint leaders of group ‘A’ having one win and drawn two, they beat Breathnach’s by 1-14 to 3-6 and drew with Clifden 0-9 each and with Kilkerrin-Clonberne 0-16 each. Matthew Tierney on 1-12 is their leading scorer.                        Caltra despite a slow start have made the last eight  with wins over Williamstown 1-9 to 0-10 and Carna Caiseal 4-13 to 1-11 after  having lost their opening against Headford by 0-4 to 3-13 and their top marksmen are Cathal Mannion 3-4 and Shaun Keane on 1-10.

Kilconly were joint leaders in group 3 with wins over Corofin 2-11 to 2-5 and St Gabriels 5-17 to 1-11 and draw against Oranmore –Maree 2-11 to 1-14, Michael Murphy with 1-11 is their top scorer to date.

Micheál Breathnach defeated Kilkerrin-Clonberne 2-11 to 0-10 and Clifden 2-17 to 1-14 and lost to Oughterard on a scoreline of 3-6 to 1-14 with Rónán Mac Donnacha having scored 1-9

The other quarter final is on in Tuam Stadium at 2.45 with Headford and Cortoon-Shamrocks fighting for a semi-final spot, Headford have full points with wins over Caltra 3-13 to 0-4,Carna Caiseal 1-13 to 0-10 and Williamstown 1-16 to 2-6, Niall Meenaghan has scored 1-15 to date

Cortoon Shamrocks beat Menlough by 3-14 to 2-7 drew with Oileán Árann 1-7 to 0-10 and lost to Dunmore MacHales 1-12 to 3-12, Joe Donnellan with 0-11 tops their scoring charts

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