Jackies show deep resolve to reach the final hurdle
A STANDING ovation in Cusack Park on Saturday afternoon. A TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC semi-final to savour.
Dublin got there in the end, beating Galway, 2-14 to 1-13. The victory sees Dublin return to the All-Ireland final for the first time since 2010 when they lifted their maiden title. They'll play Cork or Armagh, who meet next Saturday.
"It was tough going out there. Galway really put it up to us, but we stayed strong," reflected Dublin's Lyndsey Davey, the the Player-of-the-Match.
Dublin's two second-half goals proved critical. Lindsay Peat got the first of them on 40 minutes.
And, in doing so, she displayed all her renowned basketball skills as she palmed in a Siobhan Woods delivery from the right at the Dunne's Stores end.
Never was a goal as badly needed. Galway were on the up. They trailed by 0-10 to 0-8 at the interval, but they were playing with purpose in the early pages of the restart.
The Jackies, quick on the break, struck for their second goal on 48 minutes. The masterful Sinead Aherne opened the window for Carla Rowe, whose shot sped in just under the bar.
Galway got a candle of hope on 55 minutes when Annette Clarke converted a penalty with assurance. Four between them, but when Aherne sent over the next score from a free, the Dublin supporters could start planning for the last Sunday in September.
McGovern points way for Crokes
Kilmacud Crokes advanced to the semi-finals of the Dublin Senior 'B' Hurling Championship following their 0-20 to 0-10 victory over Whitehall Colmcille at Silver Park on Saturday evening.
Donal McGovern proved the scorer-in-chief for Crokes, amassing 0-9 over the hour. Kilmacud's reward for their win is a last four encounter against Setanta, who enjoyed a narrow 0-14 to 2-7 win over St Sylvester's in Poppintree. In the Bogies, Eamonn Dillon maintained his superb recent form as Naomh Fionnbarra accounted for Naomh Barróg by 3-18 to 1-12. The Cabra men will now face Ballyboden St Enda's in the semi-finals after Boden required extra-time to eventually get the better of Kevins by 2-26 to 1-20 in Sancta Maria.
SHC 'B': Ballyboden St Enda's Kevins; Nh Fionnbarra 3-18 Nh Barróg 1-12; Kilmacud Crokes 0-20 Whitehall Colmcille 0-10; Setanta 0-14 St Sylvester's 2-7; Round Tower Clondalkin 3-12 Nh Mearnóg 1-9; Nh Olaf 4-17 Erin's Isle 2-7.
AHL1: St Patrick's Palmerstown 4-10 O'Toole's 2-20; Ballinteer St John's 2-13 St Jude's 0-13, Na Fianna 2-12 Ballyboden St Enda's 4-18. AHL2: Crumlin 1-11 St Brigid's 2-15.