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Preview: Ladies football championship

Updated: Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 17:48 | Comments

Cork's Briege Corkery and Kerry's Louise Galvin
Cork's Briege Corkery and Kerry's Louise Galvin

Saturday, 28 June

TG4 Munster SFC Round 2
Cork v Kerry, Páirc Uí Rinn, 2.30pm

Cork were in typically strong form as they overcame Clare in the first round of the championship with a healthy scoreline of 7-23.

There were plenty of reasons for optimism for the Rebellettes as relative new comers like Emma Farmer and Eimear Scally both contributed well to the scoreline with Ciara O’Sullivan also contributing well throughout.

Further good news for Cork came in the shape of the return of star forward Nollaig Cleary. Eamonn Ryan has no further injury concerns from last week but will again be without Doireann O’Sullivan and Norita Kelly.

Kerry will get the defence of their Munster crown under way against their old enemy at the weekend and will be determined to put down a marker having lost their last two competitive fixtures against the TG4 All Ireland Champions.

Manager William O’Sullivan has a full squad to select from apart from long-term injury victim Deborah Murphy. One other thing to look out for is the possible inclusion of Amanda Brosnan who has recently converted from the forward division to goalkeeper.

Sunday, 29 June

TG4 Leinster SFC semi-finals
Dublin v Westmeath, Naomh Mearnóg, 1pm

There is a huge boost for defending champions and championship favourites Dublin, who dismantled Kildare last weekend, in the news that team captain Sinead Goldrick is back in full training and may play some part in the action at the weekend.

Westmeath get their first taste of competitive action since their league final appearance in May. Dublin are undoubtedly favourites for this match but this is a strong Westmeath outfit that could easily spring a surprise.  

Laois v Meath, Crettyard GAA Club, 2pm

Meath will look very much to youth in this encounter and are expected to field eight of the Under-21 team that reached the Aisling McGing Cup final. The likes of Emma Troy and Bridgetta Lynch have come through the ranks with experience provided by captain, Shauna Barrett along with Jenny Rispin and star forward Katie O’Brien.

Laois retained their Division 1 status this season and have a tendency of producing big performances. There is also the added incentive of getting revenge for their defeat at the hands of the Royals last year. Their captain Tracey Lawlor is the player to watch again as when she plays well Laois tend to also.

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