Síofra O’Shea bags a brace as Kerry ease past Mayo to book place in All-Ireland final


Síofra O’Shea grabbed two targets and Kerry turned on the fashion towards Mayo at Croke Park to ebook their place within the TG4 All-Eire Senior Championship Closing for the primary time since 2012.

ishling O’Connell and Paris McCarthy had been additionally among the many targets because the Kingdom backed up their spectacular quarter-final success over Armagh with a commanding efficiency. The evergreen Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh was additionally in excellent kind for the victors, scoring 0-5, all from play.

After Shauna Howley edged Mayo in entrance with a pointed free, Kerry introduced their arrival within the contest when wing-back O’Connell floated a deflected effort past the attain of goakleeper Aisling Tarpey for a sixth-minute purpose.

Mayo full-forward Ciara Whyte responded to back-to-back factors from Emma Costello and Ní Mhuircheartaigh, earlier than Kerry rattled the online for a second time on 11 minutes, when O’Shea palmed to internet off of a Cáit Lynch cross.

Though the assured Munster outfit prolonged their lead by means of Niamh Carmody, Mayo got here storming into rivalry with unanswered factors by Tara Needham, Lisa Cafferky and Howley (two). Mayo remained within the body on account of traded scores between Ní Mhuircheartaigh and Sarah Mulvihill, however Kerry bolstered their authority when O’Shea fired house her second purpose of the half within the twenty first minute.

Additional factors adopted for the Kingdom from Danielle O’Leary and Lynch, and whereas midfielder Sinead Cafferky posted a positive rating for Mayo, it couldn’t forestall their opponents from bringing a convincing 3-6 to 0-8 cushion into the interval.

Three factors with out reply from Aoife Geraghty, Howley and Needham initially gave Michael Moyles’ Connacht outfit trigger for optimism, however a 0-3 haul by Corca Dhuibhne sharpshooter Ní Mhuircheartaigh saved the scoreboard ticking over for the Kingdom.

Regardless of the decided Geraghty including her second rating of the third-quarter, Mayo suffered an additional set-back when McCarthy added Kerry’s fourth purpose on 43 minutes.

Regardless that this proved to be their last rating, the actual fact Mayo may solely muster a degree from Sinead Cafferky contained in the closing-quarter ensured Kerry weren’t to be denied a spot within the forthcoming showpiece.


Kerry: S O’Shea 2-0, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh 0-5, A O’Connell 1-1, P McCarthy 1-0, E Costello, C Lynch, N Carmody, D O’Leary 0-1 every.

Mayo: S Howley 0-4 (2f), S Cafferky, A Geraghty, T Needham 0-2 every, S Mulvihill, L Cafferky, C Whyte 0-1 every.


Kerry: C Butler; J O’Sullivan, Ok Cronin, E Lynch; A O’Connell, E Costello, C Murphy; L Scanlon, C Lynch; N Carmody, S O’Shea, A Galvin; P McCarthy, D O’Leary, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh.

Subs: A Dillane for O’Sullivan (30), E McGlynn for McCarthy (45), N Ni Chonchuir for O’Leary (52), N Broderick for Murphy (54), C Evans for Carmody (56).

Mayo: A Tarpey; É Ronayne, R Flynn, D Caldwell; T O’Connor, F McHale, Ok Sullivan; S Cafferky, A Geraghty; S Howley, S Walsh, S Mulvihill; L Cafferky, C Whyte, T Needham.

Subs: C Nyland for Mulvihill (30), L Wallace for Sullivan (47), S McCarney for Whyte (52), J Mortimer for McHale (56), S El Massry for Ronayne (56).

Referee: Jonathan Murphy (Carlow).

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