Laois and Cork meet in the first of this year’s TG4 All-Ireland semi-finals after both counties came through tough quarter finals against Tyrone and Dublin respectively.
The two sides met earlier this season in the Bord Gáis Energy Division 1 final, with Cork coming out on top in the end to secure their fourth league title in a row.
Having already beaten the O’Mooore County and considering the amount of experienced players in this Cork team including Valerie Mulcahy and captain Amy O’Shea, the Rebelettes are tipped as favorites.
In saying that, what Laois lack in experience they make up for in youth and enthusiasm, which is exemplified in the performances of teenage sensation Sinead Doogue, who has been one of the championship’s outstanding performers.
This semi-final clash is sure to be an exciting, high scoring game but considering Cork have won five of the past six All-Ireland Championships; it would be foolish to bet against them.
Cork: E Harte, A Marie Walsh, A Walsh, D O’ Reilly, B Corkery, B Stack, G O’ Flynn, J Murphy, R Buckley, N Cleary, M Kelly, G Kearney, V Mulcahy, R Ní Bhuachalla, Amy O Shea (c)
Laois: C Dollard, L Hyland, G Dunne, E Healy, A Taylor, J Moore, M McEvoy, A Casey, T Lawlor, M Kirwan, A Moore, M Dunne, M Kirwan, S Doogue, G Weston