Galway in with a shout against Cork, says Millea

DEFENDING champions Cork meet Galway while a resurgent Limerick battle with Tipperary in the Foras na Gaeilge All-Ireland senior camogie championship semi-finals at Cusack Park, Ennis this afternoon.

Kilkenny, are a surprise omission from the last four after being edged out by the maroon and white and their star full-forward Sinead Millea is impressed by their talents.

“I think that Galway are in with a shout against Cork if they click. They were boosted by their victory over us and are a more settled team since.

“Therese Maher has moved to centre forward and there should be a great tussle between herself and Mary O’Connor. Many of the Cork attacks start with clearances from the half back line so that duel will be interesting.

“Another will be the pairing of Denise Cronin and Lourda Kavanagh. The Galway full forward was lethal against us and is very good under a dropping ball. When she is on top of her game she is difficult to curtail.

“But, I do not expect Cork to take things for granted. Fiona (O’Driscoll) and Emer Dillon are in flying form. I would give the nod to Cork but it will not be a run-away victory,” she said.

Earlier in the day, All-Ireland finalists of 2002 Tipperary will pit their might against newcomers Limerick. According to Millea, the victors from 1999 to 2001 should prove too powerful for Limerick.

“This is Limerick’s first time in 23 years getting to this stage of the championship so there will be a lot of pride at stake. They will need big games from Vera Sheehan and Eileen O’Brien. But Tipperary would not want to focus on just one or two of the Limerick players. I think the Premier County are not as good as other years. Still, they should come out on top,” said Millea.

LIMERICK: B O’Brien; C Mulcahy, R Collins,

G McNamara; D Sheehan, M Casey, J Clifford;

V Sheehan (capt), M Kelly; A Sheehan, D Fitzpatrick, E O’Brien; S McAuliffe, M Keating,

A O’Reilly.

TIPPERARY: J Delaney; S Kelly, U O’Dwyer (capt), C Madden; S Nealon, C Gaynor, T Brophy; A McDermott, P Bulfin; P Fogarty, N Kennedy,

J Ryan; E McDonnell, D Hughes, C Grogan.

GALWAY: L Curry; R O’Connor, R Broderick, AM Broderick; M Haverty, T Laheen (capt), L Lally;

A Hillary, A Kelly; C Murray, T Maher, A Hardiman; M Harkin, L Kavanagh, O Kilkenny.

CORK: G Casey; J O’Callaghan, D Cronin,

S Dunlea (capt); P O’Connor, M O’Connor,

G O’Connor; V Harris, R Moloney; U O’Donoghue, E Dillon, J O’Leary; O O’Sullivan,

C Harrington, F O’Driscoll.

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