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Down women book final spot after victory over Leitrim

By Damien Donnelly

Down ladies reached their first All-Ireland final for nine years after denying brave Leitrim(1-16 to 2-10) in an intermediate semi-final that went to extra time at Mullingar.

Kyla Trainor turned in a superb display that epitomised the hunger shown by Down on the day.

The influential Trainor also contributed 1-3 to Down's scoreboard tally, including a decisive late goal.

There were many other heroines for Down alongside Kyla Trainor, with Aileen Pyres landing eight excellent scores to top a lively performance up front.

The likes of Lisa Morgan, Sinead McNamee (0-2) and team-mates played their parts too in securing a welcome return to finals day at Croke Park on September 28.

Aine Tighe and Michelle Heslin did the bulk of the Conancht team's scoring as they strove gallantly to wrestle an All-Ireland final ticket from Down's grasp.

Dublin are through to the All-Ireland senior ladies championship final after getting the better of Galway in the second leg of Saturday's Cusack Park double bill.

The Leinster ladies made a lightning fast start to the semi and soon had a sizeable lead built up as Sinead Aherne led the scoring returns. Amanda Clarke and Galway battled back but Lindsey Peat and Laura Davey harvested major scores to ensure Dublin reached their first final in four years.

Armagh and Fermanagh now aim to follow in Down's footsteps this weekend when they contest senior and intermediate semi-finals respectively. Armagh take on Cork while Fermanagh meet Roscommon for the right to play Down in the intermediate decider. Both games take place on Saturday at Longford's Pearse Park.

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