Mayo's Grace Kelly crowned ladies player of the month

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Grace Kelly of Mayo is pictured with The Croke Park / LGFA Player of the Month award for July, at The Croke Park in Jones Road, Dublin. Grace starred for Mayo in their TG4 All-Ireland SFC qualifier victories over Tyrone and Donegal in July, scoring 1-3 against Tyrone and 0-8 in the win against Donegal. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Grace Kelly of Mayo is pictured with The Croke Park / LGFA Player of the Month award for July, at The Croke Park in Jones Road, Dublin. Grace starred for Mayo in their TG4 All-Ireland SFC qualifier victories over Tyrone and Donegal in July, scoring 1-3 against Tyrone and 0-8 in the win against Donegal. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Mayo forward Grace Kelly has been honoured with The Croke Park/LGFA Player of the Month award for July.

Kelly who is busy preparing for Mayo’s TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final against Galway at Croke Park on Sunday, August 25, but she took time out of her busy schedule to accept the award from Peter O’Curry, Sales and Marketing Executive, The Croke Park, on Wednesday afternoon.

Kelly was superb during the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship qualifiers in July, as Mayo bounced back from their Connacht Final replay defeat at the hands of Galway to qualify for the knock-out stages of the All-Ireland series.

In Mayo’s first group four outing against Tyrone, Grace scored 1-3, including two pointed frees, as Peter Leahy’s team claimed a crucial 3-14 to 3-11 victory over the hosts at Healy Park, Omagh.

Kelly, from the Moy Davitts club, followed that up with a haul of 0-8, including four pointed frees, in a Player-of-the-Match display against Ulster Champions Donegal in Tullamore.

Those victories saw Mayo finish on top of group four as the 2017 Finalists advanced to play Armagh in the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Quarter-Finals.

Last Saturday, at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park in Longford, Grace was influential again as she contributed two points in a three-point victory over the Orchard County, to help Mayo through to the last four of the competition, and a repeat meeting with old rivals Galway.

Mayo, captained by Grace’s sister Niamh, will take on Galway on August 25 at Croke Park, in what is the first game of a mouth-watering semi-final double-bill. That game is fixed for 2pm, with TG4 All-Ireland Senior Champions Dublin to meet Lidl NFL Division 1 holders Cork at 3.45pm, in what is a repeat of the 2018 All-Ireland Senior Final.

Tickets are available for both games at http://lgfa.tickets.ie/

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