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Kerry's Sarah Houlihan up against Monaghan's Grainne McNally and Rachel McKenna.
Kerry's Sarah Houlihan up against Monaghan's Grainne McNally and Rachel McKenna.
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6 goals for Monaghan as they defeat Kerry to set up All-Ireland semi-final clash with Cork

The Ulster side took charge in the second-half as they raised five green flags.
Aug 20th 2016, 4:16 PM 3,634 2

Monaghan 6-17
Kerry 1-16

Denis Hurley reports from St Brendan’s Park, Birr

MONAGHAN BAGGED SIX goals against Kerry in today’s TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC quarter-final in St Brendan’s Park in Birr and set up a repeat of the 2013 decider against Cork at the last four stage next month.

Seven unanswered points coming up to half-time were the catalyst for Monaghan’s victory as they eased clear of Kerry in the second half.

Leading by four points at half-time, 1-10 to 0-9, Monaghan added another 2-3 before the Kingdom opened their second-half account.

Early on, Kerry had made use of the wind at their backs as Sarah Houlihan, Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh and Laura Rogers were among the points as they built a 0-5 to 0-2 lead.

The Ulster champions drew level though when Laura McEneaney profited from good play by Mohan and McAnespie to score a lovely goal in the tenth minute, but points from Lorraine Scanlon and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh had put Kerry 0-8 to 1-3 in front again.

They were left to rue a brilliant Cathriona McKenna save to deny Ní Mhuircheartaigh, however.

Monaghan managed to necklace together a series of well-taken scores, with Caoimhe Mohan beginning the run and Ciara McAnespie, Cora Courtney (two frees), a pair from Ellen McCarron and Mohan again had them five in front.

While Sarah Houlihan’s third point from Kerry did reduce the gap slightly before half-time, Monaghan’s start to the second half ensured that they were put in a commanding position.

McCarron’s fourth from play was followed by Mohan’s third and then centre-back Sharon Courtney got forward well, a wonderful swivel giving her space before a super low finish to the corner.

Ciara McAnespie put ten points between the teams before Therese Scott made Kerry’s task harder with the third Monaghan goal.

Houlihan, sub Anna Galvin and Rogers had three Kerry points in response but, after McCarron and Mohan pointed for Monaghan, the Munster runners-up lost midfielder Bernie Breen to a red card.

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Wing-back Denise Hallissey did provide a glimmer of hope when her speculative effort crept in to reduce the deficit to eight points with as many minutes left while Ní Mhuircheartaigh went close, but Monaghan closed out the game well.

Midfielder Eimear McAnespie scored a late goal after Cora Courtney’s brilliant pass and her sister Ciara added a fine individual effort before setting up Rosemary Courtney for a sixth green flag.

By the end, they were 16-point winners, setting up the tie with Cork on 3 September.

Scorers for Monaghan: E McCarron, C Mohan 0-5 each, C McAnespie 1-3, C Courtney 0-4f, L McEneaney, S Courtney, T Scott, E McAnespie, R Courtney 1-0 each.

Scorers for Kerry: L Ní Mhuircheartaigh 0-6 (0-3f), S Houlihan 0-4 (0-3f), D Hallissey 1-0, L Rogers, L Scanlon, A Galvin 0-2 each.

Monaghan

C McKenna; R McKenna, J Fitzpatrick, L Ward; A McAnespie, S Courtney, G McNally; C Courtney, E McAnespie; L McEneaney, E McCarron, T Scott; C McAnespie, C Mohan, R Courtney.

Subs: N Callan for Ward (37), L Jones for Mohan (51), M Atkinson for L McEneaney (57).

Kerry

E Murphy; A O’Connell, A Desmond, C Murphy; D Hallissey, C Kelly, E Lynch; B Breen, E Sherwood; K O’Sullivan, L Scanlon, J Lynch; S Houlihan, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh, L Rogers.

Subs: A Leonard for E Lynch, A Galvin for J Lynch (36), A Brosnan for Sherwood (49), P Dennehy for Rogers (50), M O’Connell for Houlihan (54).

Referee: J Niland (Sligo).

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