Rowe turns her attentions to All Ireland Gold

by Aaron Dunne
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Dublin 2-9

Meath 0-9

Dublin captain Carla Rowe said they will now turn their attentions to the TG4 All-Ireland Championship boosted by a 10th Leinster senior title in a row.

“You want as many games as possible. It’s good to be able to get a game against Meath and Laois. You always learn from the games and have things to work on,” she said after their six-point win over reigning TG4 All-Ireland champions Meath.

“That’s what you want. You want to be playing the biggest games, whenever you can and as often as possible. We’ll go off, we’ll enjoy tonight and today. That’s it. We’ll get on with the heads down and back working. Delighted and privileged to be able to captain this team.”

Goals in either half from Kate Sullivan proved decisive as Dublin continued their remarkable run of success in Leinster with a third win in 2023 over Meath.

Sullivan’s opening goal saw the sides turn around level at 1-2 to 0-5 and her second goal ensured Dublin would again lift provincial silverware before the attention now switches to the TG4 All-Ireland series.

In Munster, Cork manager Shane Ronayne was delighted with his side’s performance as they retained their title with a 5-14 to 2-17 win over Kerry.

“Certainly in the first half we were outstanding stuff, both the forward play and the defence as well. To keep Kerry to a limited score we were delighted with that,” said Ronayne.

Cork scored four goals in the opening half to lead by 4-10 to 0-7 at the interval, with two goals from Libby Coppinger and one apiece from Katie Quirke and Ciara O’Sullivan putting them in the driving seat before Kerry hit back after the restart.

“Look there were a few ropey moments in the second half and I would be very annoyed about the first five minutes of that. But look I thought  we finished really strong as well,” added Ronayne.

A Kerry revival which included goals from Hannah O’Donoghue and Fiadhna Tagney gave them hope but Orlaith Cahalane got Cork’s fifth goal and with Kerry missing two penalties, they held on for victory.

And in Ulster, Donegal finished strongly to deny Armagh a fourth title in a row with a goal from Ciara McGarvey sealing a 1-10 to 0-9 win to lift the crown for the first time since 2019.

Following the conclusion of the TG4 Provincial Championships, the groupings for the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate and Senior Championships have been confirmed, with the Junior groupings having been predetermined.  

2023 TG4 All-Ireland Championship groupings  :

  • Group A: Mayo Armagh Laois  
  • Group B: Donegal Meath Waterford    
  • Group C: Dublin Kerry Cavan  
  • Group D: Cork Galway Tipperary    

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