I should, I know, have mentioned the county’s ladies football team before now this week but, as is so often the case, their big match got overlooked. Apologies, ladies, but also congrats on your fantastic win over Donegal in this afternoon’s All-Ireland quarter-final at Cusack Park in Mullingar.
Like the lads, the ladies were forced to take the scenic route this summer. This afternoon’s quarter-final against Donegal was expected to be a tough proposition for them and so it proved early on when they found themselves in arrears by 2-2 to 0-2.
Despite losing Fiona Doherty to the sin bin, that gap was narrowed by a succession of points. By the time Mayo were back up to their full complement there was only a point in it and by half-time it was all-square, 0-11 to 2-5.
Although Donegal edged back by a point just after the break, a goal by Niamh Kelly saw Mayo take the lead and they never looked back from there. The Ulster side battled back, closing the gap to a point, but then Cora Staunton bagged a second goal for Mayo and now they were really in the driving seat.
Donegal pushed forward as they sought to get back on terms but that left them open to counter-attacks at the back. A swift downfield move saw Grace Kelly gather possession on the wing, head for goal and unleash a thunderbolt to the net. See for yourself:
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From there on it was plain sailing. Cora banged over a long-range point to complete the Mayo ladies’ scoring and they won in the finish by six, on a scoreline of 3-14 to 2-11.
Match report on today’s win by Colm Gannon in the Mayo Advertiser is here.
Next up for the ladies is a real tough one – a semi-final meeting with defending champions Cork who destroyed Galway in today’s other quarter-final tie. That semi-final is down for decision on 2nd September.