Ladies GAA round-up as Kerry set up another Munster Final against Cork

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It was a busy weekend in the TG4 Ladies Championship with ties in three of the provinces. Waterford couldn’t repeat their heroics of last year in the Munster Senior Championship when they were defeated 2-16 to 1-06 by holders Kerry in the semi-final.

Sarah Houlihan and Andrea Murphy scored goals in either half for the Kingdom. It was Houlihan’s penalty that separated the sides at the break – 1-04 to 0-04. Kerry started the second half with three unanswered points. Murphy got their second goal in the 44th minute and they went on to run out comfortable winners.

Kerry will take on old rivals cork in the Munster Final after Ephie Fitzgerald’s side had a 2-12 to 1-10 win over Tipperary on Saturday evening. Cork got a goal in the first minute through Brid O’Sullivan. Aisling Moloney replied with a goal for Tipp.

A penalty from Hannah Looney saw Cork lead by four points at the break; 2-06 to 1-05. Tipp started the second half slow and the scores that Cork hit over in the early stages of the second half helped them on their way to the Munster decider.

In the Ulster Senior Championship Armagh had a 2-14 to 1-14 win over their former manager James Daly’s Cavan side on Sunday evening in Inniskeen.

Cavan were in a good position when Armagh got two quick fire goals in the second half from Aimee Mackin and Kelly Mallon. The game turned in the Orchard County’s favour and they added on points to their tally. Cavan fought back but Armagh held on. They will meet the winners of Monaghan and Donegal in the Ulster Final.

In the Ulster Intermediate Championship Tyrone are on course to claim three in a row after they defeated Down 7-22 to 0-05 in the Ulster semi-final. Maria Canavan finished the game with 1-07.

Last year’s beaten All-Ireland Junior Finalists Derry defeated 2016 beaten All-Ireland Junior Finalists Antrim in the Ulster Junior Final on Saturday evening on a scoreline of 3-15 to 1-14.

The Oak Leaf County held an eight point lead at the break 2-08 to 0-06, with goals from Deirbhle McNicholl and Ciara McGurk. Megan Devine got a goal early in the second half as Derry went on to claim the title after losing out last year.

There was a shock in the Leinster Intermediate Championship on Sunday when Division 4 League Champions Wicklow knocked reigning Intermediate Champions Meath out of the championship at the quarter-finals stage.

The Garden County had two points to spare over the Royals; 2-17 to 2-15. Sarah Hogan and Claire Walsh got the goals for Wicklow while Stacey Grimes and Marian Farrelly raised the green flag for Meath but Wicklow side held on for a famous win. They now take on Longford in the semi-final.

Laois and Wexford will clash in the other Intermediate semi-final. Division 3 League Champions Wexford had to survive a late Kildare fightback to book their place in the last four. Bernie Breen got an early game for Wexford which set them on their way. Laois overcame a spirited Offaly 2-15 to 2-09 scoreline.

In the Leinster Junior Championship Louth had a 5-31 to 0-05 win over Kilkenny in the semi-final. They will now take on Carlow in the final.

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