2020 All Ireland Ladies' Football Championship (Senior, Intermediate, Junior)

This is thread is for games not involving Dublin obviously.

It started off last night with an all Ulster group clash.

The All-Ireland Ladies’ Football Championship kicked off Friday night at Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan as Armagh ran out 12 point winners over Tyrone 6-16 - 3-13. Certainly one for the purists. Such an open game through the whole 60 minutes.

Aimee Mackin starred for the Orchard county putting on a clinic throughout scoring 1-6 with 1-5 from play. Caroline O’Hanlon dictated tempo as captain and had so much possession in the second half while also tallying a goal for herself. It was a very calm side-foot finish into the far corner of the net. Kelly Mallen ended up getting the goal of the half hitting the top corner. Aoife McCoy was the beneficiary of all the movement up front from the forwards through out the whole game ending with 3-0.

Tyrone were pretty naive defensively but gave a decent account off themselves. Was quite impressed with Chloe McCaffrey who I hadn’t seen before this. She ended up with 1-4 in the end. Her goal off of woeful goalkeeping from the Armagh number 1 Anna Carr. Niamh O’Neill top scored for the Red Hand ending with 2-4. Her first goal again a big error by the keeper.

It looks like a straight head to head between Armagh and Mayo now for group winner.

Armagh: Aoife McCoy 3-0, Aimee Mackin 1-6 (0-1f), Kelly Mallon 1-3 (0-2f), Caroline O’Hanlon 1-2, Catherine Marley and Eve Lavery 0-2, TiarnaGrimes 0-1

Tyrone: Niamh O’Neill 2-4, Chlow McCaffrey 1-4, Grainne Rafferty 0-3, Emma Brennan and Caitlin Kelly 0-1 each.

POTM: Aimee Mackin (Shane O’Neills)

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Mackin is class. It’d be very interesting to see Armagh in the semi finals for a bit of a change, I don’t think they’ve been there since 2016.

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Westmeath had a big win against Longford in the intermediate, Meath are playing today and i reckon it could be between them two at that level.

Wicklow should be strong enough for Junior but they struggled at times yesterday against Fermanagh

Tg4 showing Tipp and Monaghan. Female presenter, female analyst. Not a bloke in sight. Shocking.

The lie of the land coming into this weekend is,
Group 1, Kerry v Cork, whoever wins should make the semi. Kerry win then they definitely do and they’ve played already, Cork haven’t.

Group 2, goes down to next week to see how Galway and Monaghan get on, Galway win means they go through, if not then tonight’s result matters.

Group 3, if Dublin win tomorrow they’re in the semi final.

Group 4, down to next week to see how Armagh v Mayo goes, should be a do or die match next week.

Semis imo will be
Cork v Galway
Dublin v Armagh

Final
Cork v Dublin

Tipp very unlucky, two defeats by a point. That last free given against Moloney was an awful decision

Terrible decision. Her injury probably cost them the match. She could hardly move - hope she didn’t make things worse.

An awful “free” to blow.

Some turnaround by Monaghan from last year though, got hockeyed by Dublin last year in PP by 25 points.

Tipp only out of Inter and their star player was crocked for almost all of the 2nd half - couldn’t even take a nailed on free and they lost by a point. Wasn’t impressed by Monaghan at all.

Monaghan avoided the drop to inter last year by beating WMeath in the relegation play off. Tipp have been Senior already so this wouldn’t be a huge step up for them.

So Monaghan are good?

No they’re not but to win a game like tonight by a point (even though they shouldn’t have and weren’t the better team) is a big turnaround from being hammered last summer and ending up in the play off

Class score

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Meath v Clare - Intermediate Semifinal

Meath have started fast with 2 goals in the opening 10 minutes. The first from Niamh O’Sullivan. A good finish far corner off a clever kick pass from Stacey Grimes. Then Grimes got a goal herself confidently dispatching away a penalty after Emma Duggan was fouled in the box. Meath currently leading 2-2 to a point.

Interesting if Meath or Westmeath win Inter to see if the Leinster “championship” returns next year.

HT Meath 2-6 Clare 0-4

One from play for Clare simply isn’t good enough in that first defense. Those two early Meath goals meant the Leinster side can sit back and absorb pressure and pack the defense to avoid giving goal chances to likes of Niamh O’Dea and Chloe Moloney. Clare will have to pressure Meath’s kick-outs if they have any chance of getting back in this.

Meath: Stacey Grimes 1-4 (1-0 pen, 0-3f), Niamh O’Sullivan 1-0, Emma Troy and Vikki Wall (0-1f) 0-1 each

Clare: Gráinne Nolan 0-3f, Niamh O’Dea 0-1

I assume there would be a Leinster Senior Final next year if Meath or Westmeath go up.

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2-3 unanswered from to start the 2nd half and this once is pretty much done. Meath leading 4-9 - 0-4. Megan Thynne and Aoibhin Cleary tacking on early points in the 2nd half. Bridgetta Lynch got the 3rd goal and then she won the penalty being bear-hugged by the keeper once again coolly put away by Stacey Grimes who has 2-4 on the afternoon now.

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But it’s ok to give goal chances to the other four forwards?

FT Meath 4-13 Clare 0-4

Meath waltz into Croke Park in two weeks time running out 21 point winners and shutting Clare out in the 2nd half. Will it be 3rd time luck for the Royals in an Intermediate football Final. Clare did have some some goal chances late on but were unable to take advantage of them. Monica McGuirk looks she will be landing another All-Star in goal at Intermediate level. She was excellent with her kick out today. Emma Troy also had a very good game in the back line. Not to anyone’s surprise though Stacey Grimes player of the match with her 2-6 tally and setting up the first goal.

Meath: Stacey Grimes 2-6 (1-0 pen, 0-5f), Niamh O’Sullivan and Bridgetta Lynch 1-0 each, Emma Troy, Megan Thynne, Aoibhin Cleary, Maire O’Shaughnessy, Emma Duggan (0-1f), Vikki Wall (0-1f), Emma White 0-1 each

Clare: Gráinne Nolan 0-3f and Niamh O’Dea 0-1

POTM: Stacey Grimes (Seneschalstown)

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21 point margin in a Meath game. I’m expecting uproar.

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