Ladies Senior Football: Kerry v Dublin preview

    Kerry and Dublin do battle in the second of the TG4 ladies football senior championship quarter-finals, hosted by St Brendan’s Park in Birr this Saturday as part of an intriguing double-header.

    The ladies from the Kingdom bounced back from their heavy defeat inflicted on them by Cork in their recent Munster final clash, with an impressive victory over Westmeath last weekend at MacDonagh Park in Nenagh.

    Louise Ni Mhuircheartaigh was in scintillating for Kerry last weekend, registering 11 points, while Lorraine Scanlon scored the only goal of the game in the closing minutes.

    Team managers William O’Sullivan and Connie O’Connor will surely have been impressed by their side’s almost faultless performance against Westmeath, but know that this weekend’s tie will be a huge step-up as they bid to progress to the semi-finals.

    Dublin are hopeful to make the latter stages of the competition, following their recent Leinster final win over Meath last month.

    The Dubs defeated the Royal County to regain the title they last won two years ago, and subsequently collected their fourth provincial title in five seasons.

    Dublin forwards Amy Ring, Sinead Ahern and substitute Natalia Hyland were in blistering form for the Sky Blue ladies, and will again need to be firing on all cylinders to defeat a Kerry team eager to impress following their disappointing Munster final performance against Cork.

    On paper, one would almost undoubtedly predict a Dublin win; however, Kerry have a point to prove, and will certainly not be easy opposition on the day, with a fascinating encounter predicted for those making the trip to Birr.

    Throw in at St Brendan’s Park on Saturday is at 6pm, with Sligo man John Niland refereeing proceedings.

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