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The culmination of the LGFA League season takes place this evening at Parnell Park and our ladies are in the thick of it. They take on Cork in the Division One decider with the match throwing in at the Donnycarney venue at 7.15pm. It’s also being broadcast live on TG4.
This is sure to be a tall order for the girls in Green and Red. The Rebels have been the standard-setters in the ladies’ game for the last decade and more – all of their ten All-Ireland titles have been won since 2005 – and this evening is their ninth League final appearance on the trot. They’re strong favourites to prevail again in this one: Paddy Power have them priced at 2/5 to do it.
That said, the Mayo ladies have been in cracking form this spring. They come into the decider on the back of an unbeaten eight-match run and they’ve already beaten Cork in this year’s League. That seven-point win in Mallow was in the opening round back at the end of January, on the same day the lads were getting scorched down in Páirc Uí Rinn.
This was a match I was hoping to get to, not least in light of the fact that Parnell Park is but a brisk walk away from where I’m domiciled up here in the capital. I was also looking forward to lending some long overdue support to the ladies, who, here as well as everywhere else, don’t get the support they surely deserve. Unfortunately, though, I’ve a commitment that takes me out of town today and I won’t be able to make it back in time for this evening’s decider.
In any event, I’m sure the ladies will bring a big crowd with them to the game and hopefully they’ll do the business in it. Best of luck to them in their quest for silverware this evening.