Galway ladies footballers qualify for league final

The Galway ladies footballers will face Cork in the Tesco National Football League division one final on May 9 after a comprehensive win over Dublin.

Kevin Reidy’s side won by 12 points, 4-13 to 3-4, in Sunday’s semi-final in Mullingar’s St Loman’s Park,

Tracey Leonard (Corofin ) hit two goals in the first half from full-forward to open up a 3-4 to 1-3 interval lead, putting them in control.

Galway’s other goal was scored by wing-back Noelle Connolly (Glenmaddy/Williamstown ), whose speculative shot skipped off the wet surface and into the bottom corner of the Dublin net.

Galway picked up where they left off after half time when Patricia Gleeson rewarded Annette Clarke’s excellent approach play to register a fourth goal for the Tribeswomen.

Manager Kevin Reidy says Galway did get some lucky breaks.

“We played good football and we are delighted with the result. I thought it would have been one or two points either side, but we got the bounce of the ball, and we are happy.”

While Galway may have been surprised by the magnititude of the win in Sunday’s semi-final, Cork accounted for their Munster rivals Kerry by 0-13 to 0-10.

It will be Galway’s first division one final meeting with Cork since 2010, but Cork’s eighth successive Tesco Ladies National Football League division 1 final. If they win, it would be their third successive league title.

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