Ladies Football – Jude’s and Syl’s march on in hunt for All-Irelands 

by Aaron Dunne

St Jude’s and St Sylvester’s  both continued their march towards All-Ireland glory with big quarter-final wins over British champions Tír na nÓg and Holloway Gaels respectively last weekend. 

Jude’s booked their place in the All-Ireland Junior Ladies Football Championship semi-final with a commanding 9-18 bto 0-5 win over Tír na nÓg of Newcastle, while Dublin star Sinead Aherne inspired Syl’s to a 2-12 to 0-5 win over London’s Holloway.

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The Templeogue side racked up a total of 9-18, the majority of it after the break, as they put the side based in the north-east of England to the sword at St Margaret’s.

Captain Aoife Keyes, corner forward Cliodhna Nicoletti and sub Laura Martina each hit the net twice, while Ellie Young netted an individual tally of 1-6 in a dominant performance.

Jude’s will now face Carrickmacross of Monaghan in two weeks’ time as the Leinster champs look to reach a first-ever All-Ireland final.

Elsewhere, a big crowd was on hand in Malahide as Dublin and Leinster champions Sylvester’s overcame a determined Holloway Gaels in the Intermediate championship.

 Aherne bagged 1-5 while her Dublin colleague Nicole Owens grabbed 1-2 from play.

 The Malahide girls will now face Ulster and Fermanagh champions Kinawley Brian Borus back at Broomfield on January 23 at 1pm. 

St Jude’s players sign autographs for young fans after their All-Ireland quarter-final win over Newcastle’s Tír na nÓg at St Margaret’s last weekend

Dublin star Sinead Aherne in action for Sylvester’s during their All-Ireland ladies football quarter-final win over London’s Holloway Gaels at Broomfield last weekend. Photo: GAAPics.com

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