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Farney fail to push on from their promising start

By Damien Donnelly

Monaghan won't be joining Armagh in this year's All-Ireland ladie's senior semi-finals following a three-point defeat at the hands of Galway. Fermanagh, though, managed to head into the intermediate last four hat alongside Down after a well-earned five-point victory over Waterford.

St Brendan's Park in Birr provided the setting for that Monaghan-Galway quarter-final contest as the Ulster runners-up endeavoured to make progress against the improving Connacht representatives.

Monaghan made the brighter start through points from Ciara McAnespie, Therese McNally-Scott and Catriona McConnell but Galway gradually began to settle.

A penalty was awarded to Monaghan on seven minutes but Linda Martin's spot-kick went the wrong side of the posts to prevent the Ulster girls from establishing a five-point cushion.

Galway steadied the ship afterwards and enjoyed a decent spell with the likes of Annette Clarke, Briege Hannon and Caitriona Cormican helping the Connacht girls move into a 0-7 to 0-6 advantage by the break.

The Western girls lost captain Sinead Burke through injury and Caoimhe Mohan's introduction for Monaghan proved a boost.

Mohan and McConnell got among the scores as Monaghan went 0-12 to 0-10 in front but Galway responded with Clarke, Hannon and Cormican landing scores.

Olivia Divilly (0-2) plus Aoibheann Daly put some daylight between the teams and a late Ellen McCarron double was not enough to stop Galway from reaching the final four on a 0-17 to 0-14 margin.

Dublin secured their place in the senior semis alongside Cork, Galway and Armagh when getting the better of Kerry by 2-12 to 1-10 at St Brendan's Park. Sinead Aherne (0-8), Niamh McAvoy (1-0) and Noelle Healy (1-0) enabled Dublin to overcome a spirited Kerry side 2-12 to 1-10.

Lisa Woods and her Fermanagh team marched into the intermediate semis courtesy of a 3-10 to 1-11 victory over Waterford in Dublin's St Peregrine Park, Derry later hoping to maintain Ulster's push against New York in an All-Ireland junior semi-final.

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