FOOTBALL: U14 All-Ireland Champions to be Crowned as Armagh and Donegal meet in TG4 Ulster Final
Compiled by Jackie Cahill
THE 2022 All-Ireland U14 Ladies Football Champions will be crowned over the coming weekend, while silverware will be handed out on Sunday in the TG4 Ulster Senior Final.
On Saturday, Munster neighbours Cork and Kerry clash in the All-Ireland U14 Platinum Final at Páirc Uí Rinn in Cork (1pm), while Kildare take on Tipperary in the Gold Final in Crettyard, Laois, at 1.30pm.
On Sunday, there’s a double-header at the GAA’s National Games Development Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin, as Tyrone and Waterford will battle it out for the Silver title (3.30pm), as Derry and Offaly meet in the Bronze decider (1.30pm).
The TG4 Ulster Senior Final between holders Armagh and Donegal is fixed for St Tiernach’s Park, Clones, at 3.45pm and will be live-streamed online by BBC Sport NI.
Saturday May 21
All-Ireland U14 Platinum Final
Cork v Kerry; Páirc Uí Rinn, 1pm
Cork got the better of Down while Kerry overcame Galway to qualify for an all-Munster All-Ireland Final.
Cork won the All-Ireland U14 Platinum Final back in 2019 and will be hoping to successfully defend their title.
They’ll get nothing easy from Kerry, however, who will aim to win an All-Ireland U14 crown for the first time since 2014, when the Kingdom captured the A title.
Cork (v Kerry): C Higgins; L O’Mahony, N Hartnett, M O’Sullivan; E Walsh, A Ashman, M Barrett (capt.); G O’Neill, E Connolly; S Fielding, L Walsh, L Collins; S O’Connor, L Finnegan, L O’Leary.
Kerry (v Cork): É Ní hIurdáin; J.L. O’Connor (capt.), C Clancy, R Daly; S Randles, S Ní Shlattara, S Ní Shea; K Riordan, A O’Sullivan; L Griffin, P O’Shea, E O’Sullivan; N O’Donoghue, B Curtin, A Rooney.
All-Ireland U14 Gold Final
Tipperary v Kildare; Crettyard, Laois, 1.30pm
Kildare got the better of Limerick, as Tipperary beat Meath to qualify for the Final.
Kildare were U14 A winners in 2016 and will be hoping to win their first national title in the U14 grade since then, while Tipperary, the 2019 silver runners-up, are aiming for a first All-Ireland U14 crown since B success in 2016.
Tipperary (v Kildare): C Grogan; N Dwan, T Bourke, L McGrath; J Grey, K Nevin, L Moore; S Lonergan (capt.), A O’Connor; R Coffey, A Horgan, A Ryan; G Hogan, C Cahill, L Flannery.
Kildare (v Tipperary): A McKeon; K McNulty, A O Riain, M Fruergaard; C Mahon, J McNulty, M McCarthy; A Treacy, C Mallon; K Ray (capt.), I Casey, A Birchall; A Mahon, K Dermody, A Jones.
Sunday May 22
All-Ireland U14 Silver Final
Tyrone v Waterford; GAA National Games Development Centre, Abbotstown, 3.30pm
Tyrone overcame Laois and Waterford got past the challenge of Donegal to make the Final.
Tyrone were Gold winners in 2019, as Waterford aim for a first All-Ireland U14 title since 2013, when the Déise landed the B title.
Tyrone (v Waterford): C Orr; K Concannon; M Loughran, C Corrigan; E Daly, K Owens (capt.), C McCanny; A Leonard, E Daly; E Tracey, L McCullagh, E McGinn; I Grimes, C McCracken, C Hannigan.
Waterford (v Tyrone): C Collins; M Byrne, K Winkle, E Gillane; S Peters, R Browne (capt.), M Laffan; T Ní Chrotaigh, J Whelan; S Condon, A Lattimore, M McCusker; E Power, C Power, N McGrath.
All-Ireland U14 Bronze Final
Offaly v Derry; GAA National Games Development Centre, Abbotstown, 1.30pm
Offaly and Derry were successful in their respective semi-finals against Louth and Antrim.
Offaly have never won an All-Ireland U14 B title, although they did contest a B Shield Final in 2009, while Derry are in a similar boat, having finished as bronze runners-up in 2019.
Offaly (v Derry): L Davis; I Claffey, G Malone, L Condron; É.M. Tierney, S Coleman, L Fox; A Dunne, A Dempsey; R Donagher, S Egan, A Kenny; S Reynolds, E Cuskelly (capt.), L Flynn.
Derry (v Offaly): A McAteer; O Deehan, A McPeake, A O’Neill; N Harkin, L Kelly, A Doherty; B Brolly (capt.), Á Young; C McGuckin, C Casey, N Hasson; E Harris, M Brown, B Taylor.
TG4 Ulster SFC Final
Armagh v Donegal; St Tiernach’s Park, Clones, 3.45pm
The scene is set for what promises to be a cracking Ulster decider at St Tiernach’s Park in Clones, a game that will be live-streamed online by BBC Sport NI.
Armagh are the holders and they were majestic against Monaghan in the semi-finals, putting 5-21 past their outclassed opponents.
In their semi-final win over Cavan, Susanne White was a late introduction to the starting line-up and she scored 2-3 as Donegal racked up a 3-19 to 1-11 success.
Those victories for Armagh and Donegal helped to erase some of the heartbreak of their Lidl NFL Finals losses.
Armagh, who are aiming for a third successive Ulster crown, fell to Kerry in the Division 2 decider, as Donegal lost out to Meath in the Division 1 showpiece.
The winners of this tie will join either Dublin or Meath in Group 2 of the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship, which also contains Monaghan, while the provincial runners-up will go into Group D, along with Cork or Kerry, and Waterford.
Armagh (v Donegal): A Carr; S Grey, C McCambridge, C Towe; N Marley, L McConville, G Ferguson; B Mackin, C O’Hanlon; E Lavery, N Coleman, C Marley; A Mackin, A McCoy, K Mallon (capt.).
Donegal (v Armagh): R McCafferty; N Carr, E McGinley, T Kennedy; S Twohig, Nicole McLaughlin, A Boyle Carr; K Herron, Niamh McLaughlin (capt.); Y Bonner, N Hegarty, S White; B McLaughlin, K Guthrie, G McLaughlin.