All Ireland Shield: Malone 29 Kerry 3 Semi Final

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Malone progress to the final of the All Ireland Shield with a convincing win against Kerry at Gibson Park on Saturday evening.

Malone entertained Kerry at Gibson Park on Saturday evening in the semi final of the Women’s All Ireland Shield. It’s been a cancellation hit competition so we didn’t have any real form but Malone were going into the game as favourites despite a poor All Ireland League campaign.

The home side eventually did the business but for most of the first half hour it was all Kerry as they battered the Malone line time and time again. Malone did defend valiantly with Fern Wilson and Jill Stevens working overtime and the home team finally cut loose with Lauren Maginnes, the class act on the field, busting loose down the middle to send Stevens clear for the opener, at 17:29 by my watch, just short of the half hour mark.

Malone’s Jill Stevens crosses for the opening score.

Kerry continued to dominate the rest of the half but they were unable to make the pressure count and the teams turned round with Malone somehow leading 5 – 0.

Another break from Maginnes at the start of the second half ended with Jana McQuillan rounding the defence for Malone’s second and as the home side began to take control of the game the hard working Holly Brannigan burst clear for the third, converted by Ella Durkan.

Holly Brannigan rounds the defence for Malone’s third try.

The score had rattled along to 17 – 0 and Malone were now in charge with Wilson and Maginnes taking control of the breakdown. Durkan scampered through the Kerry defence eight minutes later for Malone’s fourth try, which she converted herself, and three minutes after that Shirelle Wilson nipped over in the corner, after Wilson was brought down short of the line to take the score to 29 – 0.

Laoise O’Driscoll sends over a late penalty for Kerry.

Kerry kept plugging away but they still struggled to break down the Malone defence. They did get some reward for all their effort with a late penalty from Laoise O’Driscoll taking the final score to 29 – 3 in Malone’s favour.

Malone scorers, and friends, after the match. Shirelle Wilson, Jill Stevens, Holly Brannigan, Jana McQuillan and Ella Durkan.

Malone will now face Co Cavan in the final at a date to be decided.

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