Fermanagh Too Strong For Brave Limerick Ladies

Fermanagh booked their place in the TG4 Junior Ladies Football All Ireland final with a 4-10 to 4-3 victory over Limerick.

22 November 2020; Amy Ryan of Limerick in action against Molly Flynn of Fermanagh during the TG4 All-Ireland Junior Ladies Football Championship Semi-Final match between Fermanagh and Limerick at Coralstown-Kinnegad GAA in Kinnegad, Westmeath. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Donal Ryan’s side were left with a mountain to climb early on as the Ulster side raced from the blocks to lead 4-3 to 0-1 at the first half water break.

Eimear Smyth was on top form and raised green flags twice early on, with Roisin O’Reilly and Joanna Doonan also finding the net.

Limerick were luckless early on with Katie Heelan hitting the crossbar, after Andrea O’Sullivan had opened Limerick’s account.

22 November 2020; Katie Heelan of Limerick hits the crossbar during the TG4 All-Ireland Junior Ladies Football Championship Semi-Final match between Fermanagh and Limerick at Coralstown-Kinnegad GAA in Kinnegad, Westmeath. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Amy Ryan punched to the net to continue her goalscoring form but Limerick trailed by 4-5 to 1-2 at the change of ends. The damage from the opening quarter clear for those in attendance in Kinnegad, Westmeath.

Limerick were to hit a trio of second half goals. Andrea O’Sullivan, Aine Cunningham and a second from Ryan all helped Limerick close the gap but Fermanagh had built up too much of a lead, and held on to return to the final that they lost 15 months ago.

Eimear Smyth ended with 2-6 and carried her county into the final, where they’ll face Wicklow.

Manager Ryan spoke after the game about a building process for his youthful Limerick and the positives they can take from a disjointed 2020.

22 November 2020; Limerick manager Donal Ryan speaks to his players prior to the TG4 All-Ireland Junior Ladies Football Championship Semi-Final match between Fermanagh and Limerick at Coralstown-Kinnegad GAA in Kinnegad, Westmeath. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Scorers – Limerick: A Ryan 2-0, A Cunningham 1-2 (0-2f) A O’Sullivan 1-1.

Fermanagh: E Smyth 2-6 (0-2f), J Doonan 1-2, R O’Reilly 1-0, S McCausland, R O’Reilly 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: S Hennessey; C Walsh, M McCarthy, R Daly; M MacNamara, N McCarthy,  R O’Malley; C Hickey, R Ambrose; A Cunningham, C Mee, K Heelan, A O’Sullivan, A Ryan, L Coughlan

Subs: C Ní Cheallaigh for R O’Malley (49) R Greaney for C Walsh (55), A O’Brien for A O’Sullivan (60), K Bradshaw for A Ryan (64)

FERMANAGH:
S Murphy, S McQuade  E Murphy, M McGloin, M Flynn, S Jones, S McCarville, R O’Reilly, A Flanagan, S McCausland, R McDonald, A Maguire, J Doonan, E Smyth, A O’Brien

Subs: B Bannon for S McCarville (45), E Maguire for J Doonan (47), S Britton for M McGloin (53), C Bogue for S McCausland (56), A McCabe for R McDonald (61).

Ref – Kevin Corcoran (Mayo)

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