The Galway Ladies Senior B lost the Aisling McGing semi-final to Dublin by 4-04 - 1-12, thus completing the whitewash of all Galway Ladies teams by Dublin at the semi-final stage.
In a cracking game of football, Dublin were first off the mark with a point from Hannah Tyrell, but Eilis Gannon replied for Galway with a free. Deirdre Brennan, Shelly Burke, and Gannon added to the tally, but the killer blow came as Dublin ran in two goals, one from a penalty. However Galway’s Burke and Gannon scored one each from play and one each from frees to bring Galway into the break with a one-point lead.
Dublin levelled with a Tyrrell point and it remained neck and neck until Dublin were awarded a second penalty which Shona Barrett converted. Denise McKenna added another point before Galway took over. The next 10 minutes was all Galway, Charlotte Cooney pointed followed by a goal from Ann Marie Flanagan and a point from Eilis Gannon.
The game was in injury time when disaster struck. Amy Rohan and Tara Hession both went down injured, and when Deirdre Brennan was taken down, the referee blew for what everybody thought was a free for Galway. Instead the free was given to Dublin and they scored a goal, ending Galway hopes of getting to the final.
Galway: Katie Kilbane (Bearna ) Fabienne Cooney (Claregalway ), Claire Gibbons (Glenamaddy Williamstown ), Siobhan Divilly (Salthill Knocknacarra ), Aoife Reilly (Menlough Skehana ), Amy Rohan (Claregalway ), Tara Hession (Claregalway ), Orla Dixon (Claregalway ), Ciara Newell (Claregalway ), Charlotte Cooney (Claregalway ), Deirdre Brennan (Claregalway ), Aisling Donnelly (St Michael's ), Shelly Burke (Menlough Skehana ), Tessa Mullins (Monivea Abbey ) and Eilis Gannon (Glenamaddy Williamstown ). Subs: Ann Marie Flanagan (Glenamaddy Williamstown ) replaced Orla Dixon, who suffered an injury early in the game, Aoife Ni Cheallaigh (Caltra Cuan's ) for Aoife Reilly, Nicola Kilgarriff (Dunmore ) for Aisling Donnelly and Niamh Ryan (Menlough Skehana ) for Amy Rohan.
On the club scene the senior semi-finals take place on Sunday, Corofin play Grainne Mhaoils in Oughterard at 2pm, while St Brendan's play Dunmore in Mounbellew at 1pm.
In the intermediate semi-final Milltown play Caltra Cuan's at 6pm on Saturday at a venue to be confirmed. In Junior B, Glinsk play Menlough Skehana in Clonberne on Saturday at 5pm, while Salthill Knocknacarra play Bearna, date, time, and venue to be confirmed.