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Galway and Dublin ladies set for semi-final clash

Updated: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 16:38 | Comments

Captain Sinead Burke is named to start but a doubt for Galway Galway and Dublin ladies set for semi-final clash
Captain Sinead Burke is named to start but a doubt for Galway

Dublin v Galway, Cusack Park, Mullingar, Saturday, 3.15pm

Dublin will be relieved to have finally reached the semi final of the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship for the first time since they last won the competition in 2010.

However, they will face a Galway team that have remained unbeaten in competitive action since defeat at the semi-final stage last year.

Dublin were impressive as they dispatched a good Kerry side in their quarter-final and despite struggling a little in the second half they prevailed by five points.

Sinead Aherne was their leading light as she proved to be the scorer-in-chief but she was aided by the industry of Lyndsey Davey and the explosive pace of goal scorer Noelle Healy.

Sinead Goldrick led the defensive line brilliantly along with Siobhan McGrath who returned from injury with an accomplished performance. The Dublin full-back line have been unheralded throughout the season but in Sorcha Furlong, Rachel Ruddy and the fantastic Leah Caffrey they have a watertight rear guard.

There is plenty of strength for Dublin on the sideline where Siohan Woods, Colleen Barrett and Sarah McCaffrey can all make an impact and there is positive news about Sinead Finnegan who is making good progress in her recovery from a hamstring injury.

Galway will be delighted with their progress to date as they claimed the TESCO Homegrown Division 2 title and went on to claim the Connacht championship for the third year in a row.

However, they will be very pleased to have finally defeated one of the acknowledged big guns as they overcame Monaghan in their quarter-final and did so with a strong finish after struggling in the early stages.

Louise Ward is the player that got the plaudits for her performance as she was inspirational throughout the game as was her twin sister Nicola at wing-back.

Emer O’Flaherty was composed and confident in defence for the Tribeswomen as were the midfield duo of Annette Clarke and Ger Conneally, both of whom were in brilliant form.

Caitriona Cormican leads the forward division well and Aoibheann Daly showed her worth with a vital point when Galway needed leadership. Olivia Divilly was sprung from the bench against Monaghan with Galway hoping she can have a similar impact should she be called upon on Saturday

However, despite all of the confidence in Galway, there are question marks over their captain, Sinead Burke, who was substituted due to injury against Monaghan, the fearless wing back and captain is pivotal to Galway’s hopes of reaching Croke Park.

Dublin: C O'Connor; R Ruddy, S Furlong, L Caffrey; M Byrne, S Goldrick, S McGrath; D Masterson, M Lamb; N Healy, N McEvoy, C Rowe; L Davey, S Aherne, L Peat. 

Galway: J Connolly; N Connolly, M Coyne; O Dixon, N Ward, E Flaherty, S Burke; A Clarke, G Conneally; L Hannon, C Cormican, L Ward; A Daly, L Joyce, B Hannon. 

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