Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Championship Group 1 Round 3
Time: Saturday 28th June 1.30
In some measure of revenge for defeat in last year’s final Limerick secured their place in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Championship semi-finals for the second year with a 1-13 to 0-6 point win over Champions Galway in Athenry.
Limerick were playing into a stiff breeze in the first half and for the first 25 minutes both sides exchanged scores leaving the score level at 0-4 a piece going into the final minutes of the half with all of Limerick’s points coming from Niamh Mulcahy. However it was Galway who finished strongest and two points without reply before the break meant they went in ahead.
It was to be their last scores of the game as Limerick were dominant in the second half and kept the Tribeswomen scoreless. Points from Niamh Mulcahy and Rebecca Delee immediately after the break brought Limerick back level. Then on 13 minutes Minor captain Caoimhe Costelloe goaled to give Limerick the lead. Mairéad Fitzgerald added a point to give Limerick a 1-7 to 0-6 lead at the halfway point.
This seemed to break Galway’s resistance and Limerick added six points in the final 10 minutes, four from Caoimhe Costelloe and one each from Deborah Murphy and Aoife Sheehan, to run out deserving winners and secure their place in the semi-finals.
Limerick’s final group game is against Tipperary in Killeedy on next Saturday. Tipperary coming off the back of a 3-15 to 2-9 defeat at home to Kildare will be looking to redeem their season and will provide a tough challenge but such is Limerick’s strong form at the moment it will be expected that they can finish out the group games on a high.
With plenty of games to play in both groups Limerick are at this stage the only side to have secured a semi-final berth. A win over Tipperary in their final game next Saturday in Killeedy will see the Shannonsiders top Group 1 and leave the Galway and Kildare head-to-head to decide the remaining semi-final place in Group 1. In Group 2 it is a bit more wide open with Meath not out of the running to secure a semi-final place for the second year, however form would suggest that Kilkenny will top the group and Waterford will secure the second slot to set up a semi-final clash with Limerick.
Limerick Scorers: Caoimhe Costelloe 1-4, Niamh Mulcahy 0-5, Aoife Sheehan, Mairéad Fitzgerald, Rebecca Delee, Deborah Murphy 0-1 each.
Team: 1 Sile Moynihan Ahane, 2 Fiona Hickey Granagh Ballingarry Capt, 3 Michelle Casey Killeedy, 17 Mairéad Ryan Galbally, 5 Katie Campbell Na Piarsaigh, 6 Sarah Carey Granagh Ballingarry, 7 Claire Mulcahy Ahane, 8 Deirdre Fitzpatrick Killeedy, 9 Mary O'Callaghan Bruff, 10 Caoimhe Costelloe Adare, 11 Niamh Mulcahy Ahane, 12 Niamh Ryan Bruff, 13 Deborah Murphy Knockaderry, 14 Aoife Sheehan Granagh Ballingarry, 15 Mairead Fitzgerald Granagh Ballingarry
Subs Used: Rebecca Delee for Deborah Murphy, Karen O'Leary for Mairéad Ryan, Lorraine McCarthy for Niamh Ryan
Subs: 16 Laura O'Neill Na Piarsaigh, 18 Rebecca Delee Newcastle West, 19 Sinead McNamara Na Piarsaigh , 20 Sarah Collins Ballyagran , 21 Meadhbh O'Neill Galbally, 22 Karen O'Leary Newcastle West, 23 Donna Mulcahy Killeedy, 24 Lorraine McCarthy Bruff, 25 Noreen Barry Killeedy, 26 Marguerita McCarthy Ahane, 27 Tara Fitzgibbon Ballyagran, 28 Jane Wilson Na Piarsaigh, 29 Aoife Wilson Na Piarsaigh, 30 Dymphna O'Brien Killeedy
Manager Joe Quaid, Trainers Ger Sheehy, Patsy Hall, Selectors Anne Herbert, Willie Banks.
Physio Sara Fitzgerald, Doctor Marcella O Callaghan, Liasion Officer Fiona Godfrey.