Liffey Celtics' Jazmen Boone

COURTYARD Liffey Celtics, meanwhile, set up a repeat of this year’s Hula Hoops National Cup final as they beat DCU Mercy 62-55 in their semi-final to ensure a Super League playoff final against Ambassador UCC Glanmire.
It is a win that comes with some worry for Mark Byrne’s side though as Emma O’Connor was carried off the court with a leg injury that may see her miss out on next week’s clash with Glanmire. O’Connor was the star of the show of Liffey Celtics this evening, driving the Kildare side forward from the off and proving instrumental both on offense and defense before she suffered a late injury. It is hoped she makes a speedy recovery.
The winning of this game for Liffey Celtics came in the third quarter though as, after holding the lead at the end of both the first (21-14) and the second (35-24) quarters, they managed to keep DCU to just two points in the third quarter, while stretching their lead considerably to go into the last 51-26 to the good.
DCU Mercy came back strong in the last quarter though, with Aoife McDermott, Ashley Perez and Aoife Maguire all proving to be instrumental for them, but the damage had already been done and it will be Liffey Celtics who face Glanmire in the Women’s Super League play-off final next Saturday evening in Letterkenny.
Jazmen Boone will be key to the Celtics charge having landed 20 points in the semi-final with Emma O’Connor, Ailbhe O’Connor and Sorcha Tiernan all scoring 10 points a piece.
They will meet a Glanmire side who overcame Pyrobel Killester in their semi-final this afternoon in Waterford 72-58.
They dished up a nail-biting thriller with just one point separating the teams at half time.
It was 28-27 in favour of Glanmire with superb scoring from Mimi Clarke and Rebecca Nagle of Killester keeping the Dubliners neck-and-neck with the regular season and Cup champions.
But the Cork side pulled away in the closing stages to advance the double aspirations.

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