Clare 2-16 Galway 5-19

Connacht champions Galway cruised into the last four of the 2012 TG4 All-Ireland Ladies' Senior Football Championship following a 12-point victory against Clare at St Brendan’s Park, Birr, on Saturday afternoon.

Edel Concannon hit 1-7 as the Westerners booked their place in their first semi-final since 2005.

But despite being on the losing side, Clare’s magnificent full-forward Niamh O’Dea claimed the player-of-the-match award, having scored 1-6 of her 1-8 tally from play.

Ultimately, it was a run of 1-5 without reply immediately after half-time that saw Galway home, as a three-point interval lead was stretched to eleven.

Emma Curley netted in the fourth minute of the second half and Galway, who were 13 points clear approaching the finish, were on their way against beaten Munster semi-finalists Clare.

The Banner County had stunned Meath in round 2 of the qualifiers but they were outclassed by rampant Galway.

Clare scorers: N O’Dea 1-08 (0-02f), A Considine 0-06 (5f), R Looney 1-00, N Keane & E Considine 0-01 each.

Galway scorers: E Concannon 1-06 (0-03f), E Curley 2-00 (1-00 pen), A Clarke 1-02, A Daly 1-01, G O’Connor 0-03, G Conneally, C Hehir & L Joyce 0-02 each, E Gannon 0-01.

CLARE: E O’Driscoll; S Kelly, L Kelly, L Ryan; R Looney, L Henchy, M Delaney; M Considine, F Lafferty; N Carroll, N Keane, M Kelly; N Lardner, N O’Dea, A Considine.

Subs: E Considine for Lardner (21), S Harvey for Delaney (h.t.).

GALWAY: L Higgins; M Coyne, S Conneally, R McPhilbin; B Hannon, E Flaherty, S Burke; E Curley, A Daly; G Conneally, D Brennan, C Hehir; E Gannon, A Clarke, E Concannon.

Subs: G O’Connor for Gannon (26), L Joyce for Brennan (42), N Duggan for G Conneally (54), A Rohan for Curley (58).

Referee: M Farrelly (Cavan).