GAA: Begley drives Tyrone towards All Ireland final
Published 22/08/2007 | 15:01
Tyrone have jetted into the frame to land the All Ireland ladies football title.
The Red Hands, who beat Armagh by 4-7 to 0-10 in their quarter-final tie, are now hoping to go all the way in a competition that has gained enhanced status of late.
Gemma Begley's stunning 3-6 was the catalyst that drove the Tyrone ladies to their win over the Orchard County.
The Carrickmore sharpshooter displayed all the polish and sharpness of a seasoned campaigner as she tortured the Armagh defence.
Tyrone lost Neamh Woods midway through the first-half with a serious collarbone injury - she is a doubt for their semi-final - and with two minutes to go until the break, Siobhan McGarvey was sin-binned.
But these setbacks seemed to galvanise Tyrone and they drove on to the delight of manager Jimmy McCloughan.
"If you had told me we would have been in the last four, I might have had a wee laugh, but this bunch of girls have set out their stall," he said.
"They have worked hard and they have got their reward, now its time to take it a bit further. Croke Park beckons."
Tyrone led by 3-2 to 0-4 at the break and when Begley completed her hat-trick after the interval it was game, set and match to Tyrone.
And no one was surprised when Begley was accorded the Player of the Match award.
"I got the scores alright, but I still missed too many. However, we got the win. It was horses for courses and we are happy to be through to the semi-finals," she said.