Tipp ladies display form but defeated by Armagh

Tipperary were narrowly defeated by Armagh in the semi-final of the Tesco Homegrown National Football League Division 3


Tipperary Ladies Gaelic Football team set off again this week to St. Loman’s GAA Club, Mullingar for the semi-final of the Tesco Homegrown National Football League Division 3 against Armagh. They had already met Armagh in the National Football League in Silverbridge, Armagh in March with only a point separating the teams on that day (Armagh 1-10 Tipperary 2-6). Armagh were without two experienced players back in March, Sinead McCleary and Mags McAlinden and Sharon Reel went off injured that day but all were available for the semi-final with Sinead McCleary and Sharon Reel starting. Tipperary had three changes this time around, Jackie O’Gorman replaced Helen Kennedy in goal, Brid Condon replaced Sinead Delahunty in the back line and Aoife Ryan replaced Edith Carroll.

The game started at a fast pace with Armagh registering the first goal after Caroline O’Hanlon ran from midfield to place it in the back of the net. Mairead Morrissey replied with a Tipperary goal in the following minute. Armagh quickly followed with two points in the eighth and ninth minute but they were not to take the lead for too long. Mairead Morrissey again availed of an opportunity in the eleventh minute to score another goal when the ball deflected from the post. Tipperary were ahead by a point when they got a penalty in front of the goal, Jennifer Grant took the opportunity to get a goal, now Tipperary were four points up. Armagh were not going to be dissuaded by these and scored three more points in the next ten minutes. With only eight minutes to the half time whistle Armagh got a point and this was to be followed with a goal from Mairead Tennyson (Armagh) giving Armagh back the lead by two points. Shellagh Carew and Edel Hanley scored another two points in normal time of the first half to bring the teams back level. With another two minutes of injury time each team managed to add another point to their score lines with both teams going in at half time level - Tipperary 3-3 Armagh 2-6.

The second half was not to be as nail biting as the first half. A strong wind rose at the start of the second half and this was to have an influence on the game. It was the thirty eighth minute before Armagh could register the first score, a point from a free taken by Caroline O’Hanlon. Armagh continued to dominate with another goal in the forty second minute by Cailin Duffy. Armagh had the lead by four points and Tipperary were still settling into the game. In the forty ninth minute Edel Hanley scored a point from a free and Mairead Morrissey added to this in the fiftieth minute. In the fifty second minute Tipperary’s Aisling McCarthy added another point to the score line and this was to reduce the lead to one point. Tipperary’s period of scoring ended here and Armagh got a free in the fifth seventh minute to add another point to their score line. It ended Tipperary 3-6 Armagh 3-8. Armagh will now meet Down in the Tesco Homegrown National Football League Division 3 Final on May 11th in Parnell Park.

Tipperary County Board and Management Team would like to thank all girls who partook in the National Football League and look forward to the preparations for the Championship. The Championship will start on the weekend of the 22nd June with Waterford as their first opponents. A special thanks to all the supporters who travelled to the games near and far.

Team: Jackie O’Gorman (Brian Borus), Brid Condon (Aherlow), Samantha Lambert (Ardfinnan), Katie Lyne (Moyle Rovers), Ann O’Dwyer (Cappawhite), Claire Carroll (Galtee Rovers), Barbara Ryan (Moyle Rovers), Jennifer Grant (Brian Boru’s), Aoife Ryan (Cappawhite), Niamh Lonergan (Moyle Rovers), Mairead Morrissey (Brian Boru’s), Orlagh Walsh (Boherlahan), Shauna Ryan (Ballymacarbery), Sheelagh Carew (Cappawhite), Edel Hanley (Aherlow).

Subs: Caitriona Walsh (Moycarkey Borris), Aisling McCarthy (Cahir), Patricia Hickey (Brian Borus).

Tipperary scorers: Mairead Morrissey (2-1), Jennifer Grant (1-0), Edel Hanley (0-3), Sheelagh Carew (0-1), Aisling McCarthy (0-1)


Cappawhite beat Moycarkey Borris in Cappawhite on Wednesday April 24 in the under-16B semi-final. Last weekend was to be busy with six semi finals in the Under 16 Championship to be decided. On Friday 26th April Mullinahone defeated Galtee Rovers in Bansha to earn themselves the other place in the final of the Under 16B Championship.

In the Under 16C semi final Boherlahan defeated Fethard on Friday 26th April and had to wait until Sunday to see who they would meet in the Final. Brian Borus overcame Arravale Rovers in the replay of the Under 16C Semi Final and they will meet Boherlahan.

Last weekend Templemore won a place in the Under 16A Semi Final and this weekend Cahir took the other place defeating Moyle Rovers in Cahir GAA Pitch on Sunday.

In the Under 16C Plate Semi Final Sliabhnamon conceded the game to Lattin Cullen.

In the Under 16D Semi Final Holycross defeated Clerihan in Clerihan but will have to wait until Monday 29th to see who they will meet. A result of this game will be found on www.tipperaryladiesfootball.ie

The finals of the Under 16 Championship are as follows:

Under 16A – Cahir v Templemore

Under 16B – Mullinahone v Cappawhite

Under 16C – Brian Borus v Boherlahan

Under 16C Plate – Winners of Thurles Sarsfields v Ardfinnan (Monday) v Lattin Cullen

Under 16D – Holycross v Winners of Ballyporeen v Moyne (Monday)

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