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íosagáin into semis after a real ding-dong affair

At the end of a gruelling programme of games at the National Arena on Tuesday, Coláiste íosagáin came through at the expense of their north Dublin rivals for the second time this season in an All-Ireland competition.

Six teams in all competed on two separate courts with Carrigaline CS, Presentation Killarney, Mercy Waterford and St Pats Academy Dungannon vying for the two semi-final spots, along with the aforementioned Dublin teams.

Clontarf had come through a difficult second game against Carrigaline, who included in their ranks Irish internationals Casie Grace and Laoise Murphy. íosagáin, for their part, defeated Dungannon in over-time to set up the winner-takes-all clash with Holy Faith.

Holy Faith laid an early siege on the íosagáin basket with Mimi Troy and Meteors star Katie Kilbride opening up an early 9-2 lead for the North Dublin girls. But with Clodagh de Bhearnabhail making a series of successful charges for Marie O'Toole's golden girls, íosagáin turned things around to lead 12-9 at the end of the quarter.

The second period was a real ding-dong affair with Hannah Moyne and Kilbride landing three pointers for Clontarf only for Kilbride's club team-mate Cliodhna Mairtín to sink a long basket at the other end. And a basket apiece from Kilbride and the impressive Karen Ní Mhaonaigh (íosagáin) was to leave the two teams locked on 24 points each at the break.

The third quarter was equally tight with a Cáit Nic Dháibhíd basket at the very end putting íosagáin back in front by a point 31-30.

And so to the final period, where two baskets from Ní Mhaonaigh coupled with a one-point free throw from the same player proved enough to see Coláiste íosagáin through (Presentation Killarney won the other quarter-final against Mercy Waterford 77-62).

Coláiste íosagáin's adventures continue tomorrow afternoon when they take on Calasanctius Oranmore in the U19A Cup semi-final with the U16s taking on the same opponents this afternoon in Galway.