Ladies in All-Ireland semi-final this Sunday

The lads are all done for the year but not so the Mayo ladies. Their 2019 Championship run is still going strong and on Sunday they head to Croke Park for an All-Ireland semi-final showdown against Galway.

This is the first year that the LGFA All-Ireland semi-finals have been held at HQ. Both penultimate round ties will be played at the venue on Sunday, with the Mayo/Galway game throwing in at 2pm while the Dublin/Cork match gets going at 3.45pm. Both matches will be broadcast live on TG4.

Sunday’s clash with Galway will be the third time the counties have come up against each other in this year’s Championship. They played out a thrilling draw in dreadful conditions in the Connacht final at MacHale Park in late June with Galway coming out on top by 3-7 to 0-9 in the replay two weeks later. That game featured as the curtain-raiser for the Round 4 qualifier clash between the counties at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.

Since then the two counties have come through both the group stage and their respective All-Ireland quarter-finals. In our case this involved a 3-14 to 3-11 shootout win over Tyrone at Healy Park followed by an equally high-scoring 1-22 to 3-12 victory over Donegal at O’Connor Park. Two weeks ago at Pearse Park, Peter Leahy’s team got the better of Armagh by 2-12 to 1-12 in the All-Ireland quarter-final.

Galway’s first group game was against Kerry and they emerged from that O’Moore Park meeting with a 1-14 to 1-10 victory. Their passage to the All-Ireland quarter-final was then secured with a comprehensive 2-13 to 1-3 win over Westmeath at Cusack Park in Mullingar. In that quarter-final, which was played the same day in Longford as our match against Armagh, Galway beat Waterford by 1-12 to 2-4.

Galway are hot favourites to win on Sunday – of the four semi-finalists, we’re the ranks outsiders – but the prize on offer, a place in the final, is something they haven’t experienced in a while. We were there as recently as 2017 but you have to go back to 2004 for Galway’s most recent appearance in a decider. They won that day too, beating Dublin by 3-8 to 0-11.

There’s a big push by the LGFA to get maximum exposure for Sunday’s Croke Park double-header. First and foremost, they want to see a big crowd at HQ on the day but they’re also asking that pubs, clubs, hotels, restaurants and people sitting at home tune in to watch the match on TV. Details on the LGFA/TG4 #TurnUpTurnOn campaign is here.

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Closer to home, Mayo LGFA are urging supporters to turn out in numbers to cheer on the team at Croke Park on Sunday. While they’re undoubtedly the outsiders going into this game, the team have made enormous progress this year following all the convulsions twelve months ago and it would be great to see them upset the odds and advance to the final. The very best of luck to them on Sunday.

14 thoughts on “Ladies in All-Ireland semi-final this Sunday

  1. All the best to the Ladies on Sunday. It would be a great achievement to get to the final this year.

  2. Has the luck to see these girls train recently. I have to say they put in as much effort as the men . What struck me is their modesty after training when my kids asked for their jerseys to be signed .They were nearly shocked at the request !!. The ladies couldn’t have been nicer to them . Really hope there is a big crowd from Mayo to support them . Would be some achievement to get to the final with this young bunch .

  3. Beat if luck to the ladies this Sunday. Unfortunately wont be there due to club championship and I suspect this will stop many from going to Croker, shame there is a clash.

  4. Best of luck to the ladies. Some talented footballers there and great to see them get to HQ to play at the top table

  5. The ladies deserve our support, it’s an easy route for any Mayo supporters that are free on Sunday. Bring the flags!

  6. Brilliant year so far for our women and aren’t they really amazing. To pull this team together after last year’s convulsions is something else. I hope they do themselves proud on Sunday and though they aren’t really considered title challengers I believe they have what it takes to go all the way. Power, pace talent, self belief, enthusiasm and determination….and so much more.
    Whatever the result on Sunday I’m proud of this team and especially admire their resilience. Amazing. Come on Mayo.
    Maigheo go deo

  7. Best of luck to the ladies. The key for them is to get quick ball into their deadly ff line before galway have the chance to lay out the shawl. A bit like the men they are in bonus territory now and with no pressure on them, can go out and have a real go here. Unlike the men tiredness and injuries are not an issue so they have a real chance.

  8. Best of luck to the ladies it would be a fantastic achievement for them to make the final even though the Jackie’s will be more than likely waiting there for them and favorites to take the title. Peter Leahy has done a fine job practically building a new team. Sarah Rowe deserves special praise for coming back from Australia and making herself available to play. The effort and sacrifices these girls make to play for their county is unreal and they deserve our support in Croke Park

  9. I plan to be there, not having any club distraction. They deserve full support although I regret that there could not have been a healing of wounds over the winter.

  10. Best of luck to the ladies, they are a talented team who have made great progress during the year. Will not there but do plan to watch on TG4.

  11. Good luck to our Ladies today,may also send best wishes to Gamechanger,and Martin the Dub on the game today,may the best team win without injuries to either team,may it be a game worthy of the occasion

  12. Best of Luck to Mayo Ladies…. Magnificent to reach the All Ireland Semifinal, concidering all that happened last year.. .@Corick Bridge, I think Gamechanger will have his work cut out to reach this year’s All Ireland Final seening as Kerry are not in Semifinal!

  13. Heartbreaking for the Mayo Ladies, could not have tried any harder…Wides and missed opportunities cost us in the End….Ref made the technical right call in the End, there was a double hop, which gave Galway the free out instead of a 14 meter free in or indeed Penalty for Mayo, The Ref also disallowed a Goal for Galway for too many steps… However how Galway managed to get to a minute and a half of the final hooter without a least two yellow Card’s for persistent personal fouls is beyond me? Good luck now to Galway in the Final, they will need to be 100% better to have any chance V Cork or Dublin… But they are there now and definitely have a great chance!…If Mayo had the benefit of having everyone good enough to play for Mayo available and willing, makes you wonder what we could achieve?..

  14. Hard luck to the ladies in today’s semi. Given the teams travails in the last year or so getting to within a whisker of an All Ireland final is some achievement and a great foundation to build on going forward!

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