The Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League Captain’s Day took place in Parnell Park and Croke Park today ahead of the Division 1, 2 & 3 Finals which are being played in Parnell Park on Saturday, 7th May.
Cork square up against Laois in the Division 1 decider on Saturday in what looks set to be a cracking match. Laois got off to a bad start in their league campaign this year, losing to Kildare and Donegal. But they regrouped, worked hard and learned from their earlier mistakes to beat Monaghan in their semi-final, a Monaghan team that had won all seven of their group games. Cork have become the strongest county in Ladies Football in the first decade of the 21st century. In 2009, they won the All-Ireland Senior Ladies football championship for a fifth consecutive time which just goes to show the vast amount of talented footballers that they have produced . The rebel county overcame Donegal in their semi final very convincingly; tallying a massive score of 7-16 to Donegal’s 1-10.
Dublin will take on Meath in the Division 2 final. Meath produced a fine performance to outplay Kerry and book their final spot. The royal county’s captain, Grainne Nulty, spoke today of her excitement at the prospect of Meath’s first final since 2006. Nulty was encouraged by how well her team responded in their tough last game against Kerry, surviving an onslaught at the start of the second half when the kingdom scored six consecutive points. ‘Younger players have come into the team, there is a big mix now, and it’s good to see how much we have all improved. It’s going to be a tough match on Saturday against Dublin, as always, but it is a game we are looking forward to.’
The dubs captain Cliodhna O’Connor chatted about her hopes of carrying on the buzz created around the capital city at the moment due to the successes of the men’s hurling team. The Dublin ladies are current champions and go into to the contest with local neighbours Meath on the back of a good win over Cavan in the semi-final. This win especially pleased O’Connor as Cavan had defeated them earlier in the league. ‘It’s never nice to lose, but we had to take it on the chin, re-evaluate and put any errors right. Cavan are definitely one to watch going into the summer’. The all-star winning goalkeeper also told of her aspirations for Dublin in the championship, but stated that they were under no illusions as to it being an easy task to defend their crown in 2011.
In Division 3, Clare and Fermanagh claimed the promotion spots and will now meet in Parnell Park to decide who takes the division 3 title. Fermanagh captain, Tara Hughes, is excited to be leading her county against Clare. ‘We are unbeaten so far in the campaign, so we hope to continue that form into the final. We know we will have to step it up a gear as Clare are very good opponents. We’re just taking every game as it comes, and hope to play the best that we can.’ The two teams were evenly matched in their last outing in Clare at the start of April, so much so nothing could separate them and it ended in a draw, Clare 1-18 4-9 Fermanagh.
Clare racked up 5-13 to Wicklow’s 2-12 in their semi-final. The banner county will now be a division 2 team no matter what the result come Saturday. Their main goal for this term has been achieved you could say, but any competition you enter you try to win it, especially when you have the added bonus of going into the championship with momentum. This promises to be a captivating match which should go right down to the wire.
Cork v Laois Parnell Park 07/05/2011 17:15
Dublin v Meath Parnell Park 07/05/2011 15:30
Fermanagh v Clare Parnell Park 07/05/2011 13:45