LADIES FOOTBALL: Switch apiece for Cork and Galway; Captain back for Fermanagh, Wicklow unchanged – TG4 All-Ireland Championship team news
TG4 All-Ireland Championship team news. Compiled by Jackie Cahill
2019 runners-up Galway have been forced into one change for Sunday’s TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final against Cork (Parnell Park, 1.30pm, live on TG4).
Fabienne Cooney’s red card from the nerve-jangling qualifier group victory over Monaghan, which secured Galway’s passage to the last four, rules her out of the repeat of last year’s Lidl National League Division 1 Final meeting between the counties.
Sarah Gormally – who hasn’t featured in the Championship for Galway to date – has earned a start at right corner back as the Tribeswomen aim to make it through to a second successive decider.
There’s also one change on the Cork team for the trip to the capital – as Shauna Kelly comes into the starting line-up, with dual player Meabh Cahalane dropping out.
Kelly was introduced as a half-time substitute in the victory over Cavan last time out, and she earns a start for the clash which will determine Dublin’s Final opponents at Croke Park on December 20.
Sunday’s tie pits the 2018 (Cork) and 2019 beaten finalists against each other – and it’s the first time that Cork and Galway have met in the Championship since 2017, when the Leesiders earned a 6-19 to 1-10 quarter-final victory in Mullingar.
On Saturday, the 2020 TG4 All-Ireland Junior Champions will be crowned at Parnell Park (4pm – Live on TG4).
Fermanagh, runners-up last year, have named captain Courteney Murphy in their starting line-up, with Sarah Jane Jones dropping to the bench in the only change in personnel from the side that defeated Limerick in the semi-finals.
Murphy has been nursing a hand injury sustained against Wicklow, when the counties met in the group stages.
Wicklow, who notched 7-11 in their semi-final victory over Antrim, have named an unchanged starting line-up, as they aim for a swift return to the Intermediate ranks, following last year’s relegation.
Cork (v Galway): M O’Brien; E Meaney, R Phelan, S Kelly; M Duggan, A Hutchings, E O’Shea; M O’Callaghan, H Looney; E Kiely, C O’Sullivan, O Finn; Á O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan (capt), S Noonan.
Galway (v Cork): L Murphy; S Gormally, S Lynch, S Burke; L Coen, C Cooney, N Ward; A Davoren, L Ward (capt); O Divilly, M Glynn, L Noone; M Seoighe, T Leonard, L Hannon.
Fermanagh (v Wicklow): S Murphy; S McQuade, E Murphy, M McGloin; M Flynn, C Murphy (capt), S McCarville; R O’Reilly, A Flanagan; S McCausland, R McDonald, A Maguire; J Doonan, E Smyth, A O’Brien.
Wicklow (v Fermanagh): L Dempsey; E Mulhall, SJ Winders, L Dunne; A Conroy, S Hogan, J Nolan Byrne; A Gorman, J Kinch; L Ahern, L Hogan (capt), S Miley; C Fox, M Deeney, M Kealy.Tags: Cork LGFA, Fabienne Cooney, Galway LGFA, Monaghan LGFA