I’ve only got time for a very quick mention for the county’s women footballers, whose match against Dublin at DCU ended a short while ago. Dublin won by four, on a scoreline of 2-11 to 2-7.
A four-point loss didn’t look on the cards midway through the second half, though, as the visitors had at that stage put themselves into what appeared to be a winning position. They were well on top in the first half, an opportunistic Sinéad Walsh goal helping them to establish a four-point advantage at the break.
A second goal by Sinéad, once again instigated by a searching ball inside from her MacHale Rovers clubmate Rachel Kearns, early in the second half put the Westerners six ahead and looking good. But they only scored one more point after that and this enabled a resurgent Dublin to overhaul them coming down the closing stretch.
The gap was still five points with ten minutes to go but with Hannah Tyrell chipping away at that lead from placed balls, Dublin then bagged two late goals, from Kate O’Sullivan and Caoimhe O’Connor, to claim a four-point win.
It’s a tough outcome for Michael Moyles’ charges, who, once again, put in a brave, battling performance but to no avail at the finish.