Mayo’s Kelly wins July player award

Mayo forward Grace Kelly has been named LGFA Player of the Month award for July.

Mayo’s Kelly wins July player award

Mayo forward Grace Kelly has been named LGFA Player of the Month award for July.

Kelly (25) is preparing for the county’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Galway at Croke Park on Sunday week following a series of stellar displays last month, as Mayo bounced back from their Connacht final replay defeat to qualify for the knockout stages of the All-Ireland series.

In Mayo’s first Group 4 outing against Tyrone, Grace scored 1-3, including two pointed frees, as Peter Leahy’s team claimed a crucial 3-14 to 3-11 victory over the hosts at Healy Park, Omagh.

Grace, from the Moy Davitts club, followed that up with a haul of 0-8, including four pointed frees, in a player-of-the-match display against Ulster champions Donegal in Tullamore.

Those victories saw Mayo finish on top of Group 4, as the 2017 finalists advanced to play Armagh in the TG4 All-Ireland Senior quarter-finals.

Last Saturday in Longford, Grace was influential again as she contributed two points in a three-point victory over the Orchard County, to help Mayo through to the last four of the competition, and a repeat meeting with old rivals Galway.

Mayo, captained by Grace’s sister Niamh, will take on Galway in the first of a semi-final double-header at Croke Park (2pm).

All-Ireland champions Dublin meet Lidl NFL Division 1 holders Cork at 3.45pm, in a repeat of last year’s final.

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