Roundup: TG4 All-Ireland Junior Championship Round 3 & 5

Fermanagh had a comprehensive win over London in Dungannon. The Erne County top Group A and will now face Limerick in the semi-finals. In the Group’s other game Sligo defeated Derry. In Group B Louth finish top with victory away to Longford. They will now face Carlow in the last four. Limerick booked their place in the semi-finals with a comfortable win at home to Kilkenny.

Group A

Fermanagh 8-17 London 1-03

Fermanagh finished top of Group A with a resounding victory over London in Dungannon this afternoon. Eimear Smyth with four goals for the Erne County.

Smyth scored her first goal after eight minutes as Fermanagh went six points ahead. With 12 minutes gone she scored her and her side’s second. Smyth’s sister Bronagh scored their third. It got worse for London when Lisa Maguire raised the green flag. Niamh McManus scored Fermanagh’s fifth goal as they held an unassailable 5-10 to 0-00 lead at the break.

Just one minute had gone in the second half when Maguire got her second and her side’s sixth goal. Minutes later Eimear Smyth got her hat-trick of goals. Dearbhla Snow got a goal for London. Fermanagh kept the scoreboard ticking over with Smyth firing over a number of points and grabbing her fourth goal near the end.

Sligo 3-17 Derry 1-07

Sligo picked up their second win of the campaign with a fine win over Derry in their final group game.

Sligo held an early three point lead before Derry drew level in the 16th minute with a goal from the penalty spot. Sligo edged ahead. Nicola Brennan scored a goal in the 28th minute and two more points gave them a five point lead at the break.

The home side started the second half with three points in a row. Derry hit back with two points. Rachel O’Brien scored Sligo’s second goal in the 52nd minute and minutes from the end Leah Kelly got their third to seal a fine win for the Yeats County.

Group B

Limerick 6-15 Kilkenny 0-06

Limerick booked their place in the last four of the championship with a comprehensive win at home to bottom side Kilkenny.

Deborah Murphy scored the Treaty County’s first goal after three minutes. Kilkenny’s first point was a Kate Purcell free in the 20th minute. Limerick added two more goals to their tally to lead at the break 3-06 to 0-02.

Grace Mullane scored a goal at the start of the second half for Limerick as they kept the scoreboard ticking over. Kilkenny got consolation scores through Purcell.

Longford 1-09 Louth 6-12

Kate Flood scored 3-05 as Louth finished top of Group B and set up a semi-final meeting with Carlow in two weeks time.

Louth put in a strong first half performance and held a four point half-time lead. Flood scored 1-01 for the Wee County in the opening half with Eimear Byrne kicking 1-03 to give them a 2-06 to 1-05 lead at the interval.

Louth were clinical after the break and Longford could only add four points to their tally. Flood scored a brace of goals in the second half with Byrne scoring her second of the game and Misha Rooney also raising the green flag for Louth.

Deniese is a freelance sports journalist/broadcaster. She has worked for several local and national media outlets. GAA and soccer are her great loves and she also follows rugby league and snooker. She's a big supporter of her local clubs St. Mary's GAA Granard and Longford Town. She also follows Celtic, Liverpool and Leeds Rhinos. She presented and produced a popular sports podcast last year where she interviewed Ray Houghton, Chris Kamara and John Hartson. Deniese is currently Head of Communications for Boccia Ireland

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