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Date Time Competition Season
16 July 2022 4:00 pm All Ireland Senior Championship 2022

Match Report

Meath book back to back senior finals after beating Donegal

Emma Duggan produced late heroics for the second weekend running as defending champions Meath advanced to another TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship Final with a thrilling victory over Donegal at Croke Park.

By Daire Walsh

Following her last-gasp point to earn the Royals victory at the expense of Galway last Saturday, the Dunboyne ace kicked three points inside the closing ten minutes to propel her side towards a decider with Kerry on 31 July. A resolute Donegal - who dethroned Leinster champions Dublin in the last-eight - pushed the holders every inch of the way but their quest for a first senior final will continue into 2023.

TG4 All-Star Geraldine McLaughlin found the target either side of a Stacey Grimes free to give Donegal a slender advantage in a tentative opening. Although Grimes went on to level matters with her second point, Donegal signalled their intent during the second-quarter of a tense affair.

A fierce effort by Niamh McLaughlin rattled the woodwork on its way over the bar and the same player also scored a goal from a penalty after veteran attacker Yvonne Bonner was hauled down in the 19th minute. While Orlagh Lally split the uprights for Meath towards the end of the half, Donegal were three points to the good, 1-3 to 0-3, heading in at the half-time break.

Yet, this lead was whittled down to the bare minimum within 60 seconds of the restart as Vikki Wall and Niamh O’Sullivan posted quickfire scores. Despite losing Máire O’Shaughnessy to the sin-bin, Meath moved three points clear with unanswered efforts from Emma Duggan and Grimes (three). Donegal finally opened their second-half account with a Yvonne Bonner point in the 43rd minute, however, and midfielder Katie Herron also chipped in with a fine score on the run to set-up a nerve-wracking conclusion.

The sides were back level as a result of Bonner’s second point of the half and with Wall being yellow-carded on the stroke of 50 minutes, all the momentum appeared to be with Donegal.

Once again, though, Meath brushed off their numerical deficiency to push forward for another hard-earned victory. After kicking an outstanding point from play, Duggan also knocked over a tricky free to edge them a step closer to another top-tier final.

A Karen Guthrie free kept Donegal in touch, but Duggan’s fourth of the day, off a late breakaway move, ensured Meath are still in the hunt for back-to-back Brendan Martin Cups.

Donegal

1Roisin McCafferty Goalkeeper
28Emer Gallagher Defender
3Evelyn McGinley Defender
4Tanya Kennedy Defender
5Shelly Twohig Defender
6Nicole McLaughlin Defender
7Amy Boyle Carr Defender
8Katy Herron Midfielder 46'
9Niamh McLaughlin Midfielder 19'
17'
10Yvonne Bonner Forward 43', 50'
11Niamh Hegarty Forward
23Roisin Rodgers 12 Defender
13Deirdre Foley Forward
20Tara Hegarty 14 Defender
15Geraldine McLaughlin Forward 1', 3'
2Niamh Carr Defender
12Susanne White 23 Forward
14Karen Guthrie 20 Forward 61'
16Aoife McColgan Goalkeeper
17Shauna McFadden Defender
18Jodie McFadden
19Blathnaid McLaughlin Forward
21Shauna Higgins
22Niamh Boyle Defender
24Codie Walsh
25Emma McCrory
26Danielle McGinley
27Saskia Boyle
29Laoise Ryan

Meath

1Monica Mc Guirk Goalkeeper
2Shauna Ennis Defender
3Mary Kate Lynch 27 Defender
4Katie Newe Defender
5Aoibheann Leahy Forward
6Emma Troy Defender
7Aoibhin Cleary Defender
8Maire O’Shaughnessy 22 Midfielder 31'
9Orlagh Lally Midfielder 28'
10Megan Thynne Forward
11Emma Duggan Forward 32', 54', 55', 62'
12Kelsey Nesbitt 21 Forward
13Vikki Wall Forward 30'
52'
14Stacey Grimes Forward 1', 14', 35', 38', 42'
15Niamh O’Sullivan 29 Forward 31'
16Robyn Murray
17Sarah Wall
18Aine Sheridan
19Ailbhe Leahy
20Ciara Smyth Forward
21Bridgetta Lynch 12
22Orla Byrne 8 Defender
23Saoirse O’Kane
24Aisling McCabe
25Aoife Farrell
26Olivia Gore
27Orlaith Duff 3 Defender
28Meadhbh Byrne
29Emma White 15
30Regina Hand

Past Meetings

(Final)
1-9 2-8
NFL Division 1
Croke Park

Venue

Croke Park
Páirc an Chrócaigh, Jones's Road, Ballybough B ED, Dublin, Dublin 3, Leinster, D01 WY49, Ireland

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