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Jackies hope to book semi-final spot against Galway

Jackies hope to book semi-final spot against Galway

Sat, 23rd March 2019

Five double-header fixtures are on the agenda this weekend in the Lidl Ladies National Football League – including a pivotal Division 1 clash between Mayo and Cork at Elvery’s MacHale Park on Sunday (12.0).

Mayo beat Cork in the 2018 Division 1 semi-final but the hosts need to a win to keep alive their hopes of making the last four this time.

Victory for Cork would see them through to the semi-finals, with the Rebelettes high on confidence following last Saturday’s huge home success against Donegal.

Elsewhere on Sunday, high-flying Galway welcome champions Dublin to Moycullen for the LGFA’s Live Facebook offering (2.0), while Tipperary host Monaghan in a relegation shoot-out at Semple Stadium (12.0).

There’s one game in Division 1 on Saturday – as Donegal welcome Westmeath to Letterkenny (4.0).

Tipp v Monaghan is the other double-header fixture in Division 1 while in Division 3, Armagh host Kerry before the Armagh men play Cork.

There are two double-headers in Division 3 and one of them is a massive promotion battle between home side Roscommon and visitors Longford.

Also in the third tier, Meath welcome Wicklow to Páirc Tailteann, with both teams on course for the semi-finals.

Lidl Ladies National Football League 2019 - Round 6 - 2pm unless stated

Sunday March 24

Division 1

Galway v Dublin, Moycullen (G Carmody, Roscommon) – LIVE on the LGFA Facebook Page:

Galway are through to the semi-finals and Dublin are virtually certain to join them.

Both sides will be anxious to lay down an early-season marker, however, as they’re both viewed as leading TG4 All-Ireland senior championship contenders.

Galway were the only team to inflict a competitive defeat in Dublin in 2018, when they beat the Sky Blues in the group stages of the Lidl National League.

Dublin needed a late Nicole Owens goal to squeeze past the Tribeswomen in the NFL semi-finals, before they enjoyed a much more comprehensive win in the TG4 All-Ireland semi-final.

Galway are the only team in the top flight left with a perfect record after five rounds – but Dublin will be anxious to smash that 100 per cent record.

Both counties have named strong sides for this fixture, with Dublin’s inside line of skipper Sinéad Aherne, Noelle Healy and Siobhán Killeen looking especially potent.

Galway have real scoring power of their own, too, and captain Tracey Leonard will lead the charge from centre forward in a game that will be streamed Live on the LGFA’s Facebook Page:

Jerome Quinn and former Galway star Emer Flaherty are in the commentary box for coverage that begins at 1.45pm.

GALWAY (v Dublin): R Ní Chongaile; M Coyne, S Lynch, F Cooney; S Molloy, B Hannon, C Cooney; O Divilly, L Ward; L Coen, T Leonard (capt.), M Glynn; L Hannon, R Leonard, S Conneally.

DUBLIN (v Galway): C Trant; M Byrne, N Collins, R Ruddy; A Kane, O Carey, S Goldrick; J Dunne, S McGrath; O Nolan, N McEvoy, L Davey; S Aherne (capt.), N Healy, S Killeen.

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