Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League Division 1, Semi-Finals Preview
Cork v Donegal, Tuam Stadium, 2.00, (K Tighe)
With the exception of a shock defeat at the hands of Monaghan in Round 3, Cork have been simply devastating during this year’s league campaign. Standing between the Rebelletes and a fourth League Final in a row are last year’s Division 2 Champions Donegal who have had an encouraging campaign in the top flight with star forward Geraldine McLaughlin in particular making her mark on the league.
Eamon Boyle’s charges will be well aware of the challenge that lies ahead however, as they were on the wrong side of a 25 points drubbing when they met Cork in Round 4. It is difficult to see this tie not going the way of the Leesiders but if Donegal can keep Valerie Mulcahy relatively quite and can get good ball into McLaughlin and Yvonne McMonagle then they may stand a chance.
Monaghan v Laois, Ballymahon, Longford, 3.00, (MJ O’Keeffe)
Only a point separated these two sides at the final whistle in Round 6 suggesting we could be in for another thrilling game of football. With Laois shipping goals in all but one of their games this year, the Monaghan forwards and the McAnespies twins and Therese McNally in particular, will be keen to exploit this perceived weakness in Joe Higgins’ side.
After being denied by Cork last year at the same stage and after an unbeaten run of seven games this year, it would be cruel for Monaghan to miss out again. But Laois will have no intention of making up the numbers and with Tracey Lawlor and Martha Kirwan showing good form again this year, it will be another close game with both teams fancying their chances.
Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League Division 2, Semi-Finals Preview
Dublin v Cavan, Ardee, 5.00, (J Niland) – Saturday
Revenge will be on the Dublin menu as they take on Cavan, the only team to have beaten them in this year’s campaign. More importantly though, they will want a quick return to the top flight at the firs time of asking. But they have been hampered in their preparations with injuries to key players Mary Nevin and Amy McGuinness.
Cavan know they have the beating of the Jackies and if Aisling Doonan can repeat the performance she had against the Dubs in Round 4 then anything could happen. Without doubt another fascinating game awaits us.
Kerry v Meath, Cahir, Tipperary, 2.00, (G Corrigan)
Kerry suffered their first loss of the league in Round 7 against Dublin which meant a semi-final date with Meath. It was a tight game when these two sides met in February with Kerry making the most of the home advantage winning by two points.
They will know better than to underestimate Meath who have the highest scoring rate in the Division thanks to the calibre of forwards like Grainne Nulty and Gillian Bennett. But there are question marks over the fitness of Geraldine Doherty and Eileen Rahill and this may count against them as they look to beat the Kingdom.
Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League Division 3, Semi-Finals
Clare v Wicklow, Templetuohy, Tipperary, 2.00 (PJ Rabitte) – Saturday
Fermanagh v Down, Clontibet, 2.00, (T Lennon) – Saturday
Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League Division 4, Semi-Finals
Westmeath v Offaly, Tubberclare, 7.30, (S Regan) Saturday
Roscommon v Louth, Kingspan Breffni Park, 2.00, (M Henry) Saturday
Tesco Post Primary Junior ‘A’ All Ireland Schools Final – Friday 15th April
Scoil Mhuire SS, Longford v Glenamaddy CS, Glenamaddy, Galway, 2.00, (Y Duffy)
Tesco Post Primary Junior ‘B’ & ‘C’ All Ireland Schools Finals – Saturday 16th April
Colaiste Dun Iascaigh v Scoil Mhuire SS, Trim, Banagher, 1.00, (M Doherty)
Presenation College, Athenry v St Josephs, Navan, Clan na Gael, Roscommon, 11.45, (P Swift)