Date Time Competition Season
19 March 2022 3:00 pm NFL Division 1 2022

Match Report

D1 Semi – Magical Meath mastermind win over Mayo

Orlagh Lally scored 1-2 as Meath advanced to the Lidl NFL Division 1 final at the expense of Mayo at St Tiernach’s Park in Clones.


It’s a first Division 1 decider for the Royals since 2006 on a day where Kelsey Nesbitt scored their other goal.

In a highly contested semi-final, it was Michael Moyles’ Mayo side that led by 0-7 to 0-4 at the half-time break.

However, a strong wind that blew throughout the contest was best used by the reigning TG4 All-Ireland champions. Meath hit 2-8 in that second half to ensure the success story continues.

Lisa Cafferky got the game’s opening score but a Stacey Grimes free cancelled that out two minutes later. Mayo were dominating possession and a long range point from Shauna Howley saw them take the lead.

Meath were unlucky not to get back in front as a quick Grimes free to Nesbitt forced a save from Aisling Tarpey. Mayo were reduced to 14 when Aoife Geraghty was sin binned for a challenge on Vikki Wall but a Howley free sent Mayo into the water break leading by 0-3 to 0-1.

Megan Thynne reduced Meath’s deficit to one after a team move involving Lally, Maire O’Shaughnessy and Wall. Shauna Howley converted her second free but on the resumption this was cancelled out by Emma Duggan.

A Howley free and a second Lisa Cafferky point pushed Meath into a four-point lead on 22 minutes before Duggan got her second point of the contest from distance. A Sinead Cafferky point meant Mayo led by three at half-time.

But the floodgates opened as the second half got underway with Meath hitting 2-5 unanswered in the first 10 minutes to seize control. Nesbitt finished to the net for Meath’s first goal on 35 minutes while a super pass from Wall set up Lally and she rifled to the net on 40 minutes to push the Royals into an eight-point advantage.

Mayo refused to give in and they got back into contention when Lisa Cafferky fired scored a goal in the 43rd minute. Points from Aoife Geraghty and substitute Ciara Needham reduced the deficit to three points. Duggan tagged on her fourth point and at the second half water break Meath led by 2-10 to 1-9.

In the final quarter, Mayo piled on the pressure but the Meath defence was unrelenting and with Katie Newe, Mary Kate Lynch and Shauna Ennis smothering Mayo attacks, they held on. Late points from substitute Emma White and Lally ensured the Royals march on to Croke Park once more.


1Aisling Tarpey Goalkeeper
2Eilish Ronayne 18 Defender
3Roisin Flynn 26 Defender
4Danielle Caldwell Defender
5Ciara Needham 17 Defender 45'
6Fiona McHale Defender
7Kathryn Sullivan Defender
8Sinéad Cafferky Midfielder 27', 43'
9Aoife Geraghty Midfielder 9'
10Shauna Howley Forward 5', 12', 19', 21'
11Sinead Walsh Forward
12Sarah Mulvihill Forward
13Lisa Cafferky Forward 43'
2', 21'
14Ciara Whyte Forward
15Hannah Reape 23 Forward
16Laura Brennan Goalkeeper
17Saoirse Lally 5 Defender
18Tamara O’Connor 2 Defender
19Nicola Hession Defender
20Laura Moran
21Rachel Baynes Forward
22Ava Keane
23Maria Reilly 15 Forward
24Allannah Duffy
25Tara Needham Forward
26Sherin El Massry 3 Defender
27Nina McVann
28Grainne Flynn


1Monica Mc Guirk Goalkeeper
2Katie Newe Defender
3Mary Kate Lynch 23 Defender
4Orlaith Duff Defender
5Shauna Ennis Defender
6Emma Troy Defender
7Aoibhin Cleary Defender
8Maire O’Shaughnessy Midfielder
9Orlagh Lally Midfielder 40'
33', 58'
10Megan Thynne Forward 18'
11Aoibheann Leahy Forward
12Emma Duggan Forward 19', 24', 32', 48'
13Vikki Wall Forward 37'
14Stacey Grimes 21 Forward 4', 35', 38'
15Niamh O’Sullivan 19 Forward
16Robyn Murray
17Orla Byrne Defender
18Niamh Gallogly 23
19Emma White 15 56'
20Ciara Smyth Forward
21Bridgetta Lynch 14
22Ali Sherlock
23Kelsey Nesbitt 18 35'
24Ailbhe Leahy
25Aoife Farrell
26Olivia Gore
27Regina Hand
28Meadhbh Byrne
29Sarah Powderly
30Sarah Wall


St Tiernach’s Park
St. Tiernach’s Park, L28003, Clones Rural ED, Ballybay-Clones Municipal District, County Monaghan, H23 FK29, Ireland

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