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Ward, Culleton net All-Ireland semi-final slots for Ulster sides

By John Campbell

A superb goal from the lively Barbara Ward proved crucial in helping Monaghan and Ulster intermediate ladies football champions Corduff overcome Kerry Kingdom Gaels in a thrilling All-Ireland quarter-final at Ruislip, London at the week-end.

The London side had remained in touch with their visitors for the greater part of the game but Ward's goal infused fresh confidence within the Farney side and they pushed on to record a handsome 2-15 to 1-10 victory.

The Corduff attack looked lively throughout with Laura McEnaney in particular in fine form and while their defence revealed occasional lapses in concentration, they held firm in the closing stages.

There is now considerable optimism that Corduff can go on and reach the final as they expect to have home advantage against Dublin outfit Cuala in their All-Ireland semi-final clash on Sunday November 19.

And there was success too for another Monaghan outfit Latton in their All-Ireland junior quarter-final against John Mitchels in Liverpool.

Yet again it was a golden goal which ultimately decided the issue with Joanne Culleton's late strike ultimately carrying Latton into the semi-finals.

The teams were deadlocked at 2-7 to 1-10 at the half-way stage with Emile Culleton and ­Shannon Conlan having netted for Latton but the visitors held their nerve in the closing stages to come out on top in a tense finish.

Latton's victory is a further boost for the club which has seen a remarkable resurgence in its fortunes.

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