Cork unchanged for ladies final

Cork's management is banking on a settled side to collect the county's second successive TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC title tomorrow afternoon.

Cork's management is banking on a settled side to collect the county's second successive TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC title tomorrow afternoon.

The Rebelettes take on Armagh just 12 months after they beat Galway to lift the Brendan Martin Cup for the first time.

The Cork panel boasts a strong representation from the Rockchapel club with four players in the starting fifteen - Brid Stack, Sinead O’Reilly, Norita Kelly and Deirdre O’Reilly - and a further three on the bench in Mairead Kelly, Norma Kelly and Regina Curtin.

Mairead Kelly, a noted winger, was part of the Ireland squad that finished eighth at the Women's Rugby World Cup in Edmonton earlier this month.

Curtin has shown great bravery to take her place on the Cork bench, just seven weeks after undergoing surgery on her elbow, which she injured against Tipperary in the All-Ireland camogie championship.

CORK (Ladies SFC v Armagh) - E Harte; B Corkery, A Walsh, R Buckley; G O'Flynn, B Stack, S O'Reilly; J Murphy (capt), N Kelly; N Cleary, D O'Reilly, A Murphy; V Mulcahy, M O'Connor, C Creedon.

Armagh, the surprise packets of this year's TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC campaign, are sticking with their winning formula for tomorrow's final clash.

The Orchard girls beat Galway 1-13 to 1-12 last time out, and captain Bronagh O'Donnell will again lead the side from centre back. She will have four of her Crossmaglen Rangers club mates alongside her, including her twin sister Alma in midfield.

Fiona Quinn, Sharon Duncan and Maria O’Donnell are the other Cross representatives.

Tomorrow's final is the pinnacle of the Ladies game, which now boasts over 100,000 participants and 1,000 clubs in Ireland and overseas. Sligo and Leitrim will meet in the Junior final at 1.15pm.

Ladies Gaelic Football Association President Geraldine Giles said: "Our All-Ireland finals have become our major showpiece of the year and I've no doubt that both finals on Sunday will live up to their expectations.

"Once again, our sponsors TG4 have been to the forefront of the promotion of our sport and the additional live games from the quarter-final stages of our championship have been an added boost to the profile of our junior and senior teams."

ARMAGH (Ladies SFC v Cork) - F McAtamney; C Marley, F Quinn, A Murphy; R O'Mahony, B O'Donnell (capt) S McCleary; A O'Donnell, C O'Hanlon; M Tennyson, S Duncan, S O'Hagan; M O'Donnell, M McAlinden, A Matthews.

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