The race for 2021 TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship draws to a conclusion at Croke Park on Sunday as five in-a-row chasing Dublin face a Meath side that sensationally booked their first-ever spot in the decider with a stunning comeback against Cork in the semi-final.
In the Intermediate Championship final, a title the Royals won just nine months ago, Westmeath and Wexford are in action while in the junior final, Wicklow and Antrim clash.
TG4 is showing all three finals live with the junior coverage starting at 11.35am and running right the way through to 6.10pm.
Live scoring and reports on RTÉ.ie/sport.
Updates on RTÉ Radio 1's Sunday Sport.
Dublin v Meath, Croke Park, 4.15pm
Dublin's appearance in this year’s senior final will be a shock to no one, but seeing their neighbours Meath beside them has raised plenty of eyebrows.
Back in December 2020, they put the heartbreak of successive final defeats to Tyrone and Tipperary behind them to claim the All-Ireland Intermediate crown after a 2-17 to 4-05 win over Westmeath.
Eamonn Murray’s side moved up to senior as a result and they have looked right at home.
A win over Tipperary and a narrow loss to Cork saw them advance past the group stages, but they were underdogs ahead of their quarter-final clash with free-scoring Armagh. However, their tight defensive shape totally cut out the Orchard County dangers and Emma Duggan’s 1-05 helped them to a seven-point win.
Seven points was the margin in the All-Ireland semi-final with five minutes remaining, but this time Meath were trailing to Cork. However, in a stunning finish, Stacey Grimes and Duggan found the goals to force extra-time and the side pushed for home in the additional 20 minutes.
Dublin’s passage has been less dramatic, but there was an early scare in their semi-final clash with Donegal.
Maxi Curran’s side came racing out of the blocks and Geraldine McLaughlin hit a quick 1-02 to put them into the ascendancy, and it could have been even better for the Ulster side but Dublin goalkeeper Ciara Trant deflected a shot onto the crossbar.
With Carla Rowe popping up absolutely everywhere, and contributing a healthy 2-03 to the scoreboard as well, the experienced Dubs were able to keep their composure and eventually push clear to win 2-12 to 2-07.
In Hannah Tyrell they have another ace forward that can cause mayhem, and Cora Staunton has said that her return to Mick Bohan’s panel has offset the loss of the recently retired Noelle Healy.
Westmeath v Wexford, Croke Park, 1.45pm
The Intermediate Championship has provided plenty of redemption in recent years and Westmeath will be hoping for more of the same when they take on Wexford.
Meath put defeats in the 2018 and ’19 deciders behind them to get the better of Westmeath last December while Tipperary, Kildare, Waterford and Tyrone have all responded from final defeats to win the title in the last decade.
Three-point wins over Clare and Kildare have helped them through the knockout stages, while they can also call on an emphatic group win over Sunday’s opponents – 2-16 to 1-06.
It’s been a dramatic season for the Model County, but they have dug in to book their spot at Croke Park. Manager Paul Carty called time after the National League campaign. Lizzy Kent then stepped in and has done a brilliant job in such a short timeframe.
They showed their battling qualities in a 2-11 to 2-09 semi-final win over Laois, especially after their opponents started to fight back following Sarah Harding-Kenny’s sin-binning.
This is Wexford’s first final since 2007 at this level, but it’s a tough ask to claim their first title.
Wicklow v Antrim, Croke Park, 11.45am
Antrim are the odd team out at Croke Park as they are the only non-Leinster side competing across the three games, and how they would love to deny one province lifting all the trophies on offer.
The Saffrons haven’t won the competition since 2012 but manager Emma Kelly has been calling on the experience of Kyla Trainor, who has won All-Ireland titles with Down, and the players have spoken about the high standard of training that the new head coach has provided.
Wicklow have long looked like the team to beat in this competition, especially as the maintained their Division Three status heading to the championship.
There they won all four group games and followed it up with a comfortable 1-12 to 0-04 win over Limerick with Clodagh Fox’s goal just after the interval sending them on their way.
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Follow the All-Ireland Ladies Football final between Dublin and Meath (4.15pm, Sunday) via our live blog on rte.ie/sport or listen live on RTÉ Radio 1's Sunday Sport. Highlights on The Sunday Game, RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player from 9.30pm.