For the fourth consecutive year, there was disappointment for the Sligo women’s gaelic footballers in Satuday’s All-Ireland intemediate semi-final at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny as they were beaten by an impressive Tipperary side on a final scoreline of 3-15 to 3-5.
The Munster side, who were relegated from senior championship football last year, made a blistering start and lead 1-6 to 0-2 after 10 minutes.
To their credit, Sligo did rally and goals from Lauren Boles, Ciara Gorman and Stephanie O’Reilly gave them hope. But Tipp always kept their opponents at arms length to win by 10 in the end.
Listen back to Ocean FM Sport’s commentary highlights, as described by Liam Maloney and former Sligo player Siobhán O’Sullivan:
In Saturday’s other semi-final, Meath (who beat Sligo in the Division 3 league final earlier this year) beat Connacht champions Roscommon by 4-10 to 1-12.
Noelle Gormley; Carmel Dunne, Gráinne O’Loughlin, Jacqui Mulligan (Capt); Bernice Byrne, Ruth Goodwin, Anne Marie Coleman; Sinéad Regan, Laura-Ann Laffey; Sarah Reynolds, Sinead McTiernan, Sinead Naughton; Elaine O’Reilly, Ciara Gorman, Lisa Casey. Subs: Lauren Boles for McTiernan (23), Stephanie O’Reilly for Casey (23), Michelle McNamara for Coleman (28), Ruth Monaghan for E O’Reilly (50).