Dubs into decider after routing Donegal

Holders Dublin will contest their third successive All-Ireland ladies football minor A championship final on Bank Holiday Monday, August 5 after they stormed to a 34-point victory over Donegal in Saturday’s semi-final at Kingspan Breffni Park.

The Sky Blues won by 10-18 to 3-5 in a game that saw Ciara McGuigan and Leah Mullins both net hat-tricks.

Éabha Rutledge and Kate Dwyer scored two goals apiece against a Donegal side who were playing catch-up from the start.

Elsewhere, Galway beat Cork by 3-17 to 4-7 at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday.

The Westerners’ impressive running-game proved decisive as they recovered from the concession of two early goals from Cork’s Laura Crowley.

Doireann O’Sullivan, Eimear Scally and Crowley were to the fore for Cork in the early exchanges but once centre back Nicola Ward was introduced, Galway looked much more solid and gained a foothold.

Shauna Hynes netted a crucial first half goal for Galway and they led by just a point at half-time, 1-9 to 2-5.

A brace of points after the break put the Tribeswomen three ahead but Cork responded with a penalty from Eimear Scally.

That score levelled matters at 3-5 to 1-11 but Galway responded impressively to lead by three points again.

And the win was wrapped up when full-forward Ciara Ní Churraoin bagged two goals in the final quarter.


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