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Last year, the Mayo ladies did for Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final and today at Birr they doubled down on the dosage by defeating the Rebels in the LGFA NFL Division One semi-final. In a high-scoring encounter at St Brendan’s Park this afternoon the Mayo ladies emerged victorious by 1-20 to 3-12.
The scores came thick and fast all day at the midlands venue today. Mayo led by a point, 0-14 to 2-6, at the break but a third goal for Cork shortly after the resumption put them briefly in front. The advantage swung back and over after that but the Westerners grabbed the initiative in decisive fashion when Sinead Cafferkey got on the end of a move to palm the ball to the net (video clip here).
The same player then made a vital intervention at the other end of the pitch in stoppage time. A last despairing attack by the League champions – who this year were aiming to make it six League titles on the trot – saw Aine O’Sullivan shoot for goal but Sinead Cafferkey was there to clear the ball off the line (video clip here).
Peter Leahy’s side now head for Parnell Park on the May Bank Holiday weekend. There they’ll renew acquaintances with All-Ireland champions Dublin, who today overcame Galway by a single point, 2-8 to 2-7, in the day’s other penultimate round tie. The League decider has been fixed for 6th May (time to be confirmed) in what will be a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland final.
Well done to the ladies on a super win today. Colm Gannon’s match report for the Mayo Advertiser is here.