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TG4 All-Ireland SFC – Donegal 1-6 Kerry 0-9

Donegal 1-6 

Kerry 0-9  

By Frank Craig  

Donegal pegged back Kerry in MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey as Susanne White held her nerve late on to split the spoils in this TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship Group 2 opener.  

Niamh McLaughlin of Donegal in action against Ciara Murphy of Kerry during the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Round 1 match between Donegal & Kerry at MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey, Donegal. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile

In dreadful conditions, nothing separated the sides at half-time as a Caoimhe Keon goal helped send Donegal in level at 1-3 to 0-6. 

Niamh Ní Chonchúir had opened the scoring for the visitors but with Keon rattling the net for Donegal just four minutes in, the hosts stole an early march.  

Anna Galvin and Danielle O’Leary then managed to tie matters up for a settled Kerry by the tenth minute.  

Katie Dowds did hit back for Donegal but three Kingdom points on the bounce from of O’Leary, Lorraine Scanlon and captain Niamh Carmody helped open up a two-point advantage.  

White reduced the margin after 18 minutes with a point from a free to make it 0-6 to 1-2.  

But with conditions continuing to deteriorate and underfoot now extremely difficult, that was the end of the scoring action right up until the half-time hooter as Aussie Rules star and Donegal captain Niamh McLaughlin squared it.  

Kayleigh Cronin of Kerry in action against Katie Dowds of Donegal during the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Round 1 match between Donegal and Kerry at MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey, Donegal. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile

Kerry jumped two clear once more at the start of the second half as Carmody and Scanlon lobbed over.  

Another White free kept Donegal on the visitors’ coattails but a smart Emma Dineen clip, on the three-quarter hour mark doubled Kerry’s upper hand once more.  

Nearing the final five minutes, the away side still led 0-9 to 1-4 but a searing Dowds break from the back saw her drive at goal just clear the crossbar. And with White nailing that pressure free at the end, the points were split.   

Scorers – Donegal: S White 0-3f, C Keon 1-0, K Dowds 0-2, N McLaughlin 0-1.  

Kerry: N Carmody 0-2,1f, D O’Leary 0-2, A Galvin 0-2, N Ní Chonchúir 0-1, L Scanlon 0-1, E Dineen 0-1.  

DONEGAL: C Friel; S McLaughlin, A Temple Asokuh, E McGinley; K Dowds, N Boyle, T Hegarty; R Rodgers, N Carr; C Keon, N McLaughlin, A Boyle Carr; S White, K Herron, K Long. Subs: E Gallagher for A Boyle Carr (36), B McLaughlin for K Long (48), J McFadden for N Carr (55),  

KERRY: C Butler; E Lynch, K Cronin, C Murphy; A O’Connell, D Kearney, A Dillane; M O’Connell, L Scanlon; N Carmody, K Brosnan, A Galvin; N Ní Chonchúir, E Dineen, D O’Leary. Subs: H O’Donoghue for K Brosnan (44), A Harrington for M O’Connell (44), S O’Shea for N Ní Chonchúir (49), L Ní Mhuircheartaigh for E Dineen (57),   

Referee: Shane Curley (Galway). 

Kerry Minor Team named to face Waterford

Munster Minor Championship – Round 4

Waterford -v- Kerry

Saturday 16th March

Line up:

1. Kelly Fitzgerald – Kerins O’Rahillys / Kelly Nic Gearailt

2. Aoise O Donoghue – Glenflesk / Aoise Nic Dhonnacha

3. Éabha Ní Laighin – Castlegregory / Éabha Ní Laighin (VC)

4. Grace Murphy – Rathmore / Grace Ní Mhurchú

5. Clodagh Dwyer – Southern Gaels / Clodagh Ni Dhuibhir

6. Seodhla O’Donovan – Cromane / Seodhla Ní Dhonnabháin

7. Leona O’Sullivan – Cromane / Leona Ní  Shúilleabháin

8. Kelly Enright – Moyvane / Kelly Nic Ionrachtaigh

9. Kathryn Ryan – Glenflesk / Kathryn Ní Mhaoilriain

10. Lucy O’Connor – Austin Stacks / Lucy Ní Chonchubhair 

11. Mary Kate Smith – Cromane / MaryKate Ní Ghabhann

12. Lori O’Connor – Beaufort / Lori Ní Chonchubhair

13. Sarah Fitzgerald – MKL Gaels / Sarah Nic Gearailt

14. Leah McMahon – Dr Crokes / Leah Ní Bheacháin

15. Katie Doe – Firies / Katie Doe

16. Béibhinn Nic an tSíthigh – Daingean Uí Chúis

17. Tiarna Murphy – MKL Gaels / Tiarna Ní Mhurchú

18. Andrea Murphy – Killarney Legion/ Andrea Ní  Mhurchú

19. Seodhla Colleran – Fossa /Seodhla Ní Chollaráin

20. Orla Fitzgerald – Southern Gaels / Orla Nic Gearailt

21. Lily Kearins – Beaufort / Lily Kearins

22. Cara McCrohan – Southern Gaels / Cara Nic Charráin

23. Anna Collins – Ballymacelligott / Anna Ní Choileáin

24. Saoirse Harkin – Cromane/ Saoirse Ní Harcáin

25. Kate Collins – Ballymacelligott / Kate Ní Choileáin

26. Siún Fitzgerald – Southern Gaels / Siún Nic Gearailt

27. Aoibhín O’Connor McCarthy – Kerins O’Rahillys / Aoibhín Ní Chonchubhair Nic Chárthaigh

28. Niamh Moran – Southern Gaels / Niamh Ní Mhóráin (C)

29. Lisa Slattery – Abbeydorney / Lisa Ní Shlattara

30. Mikala Mulvihill – Moyvane / Mikala Ní  Mhaoilmhichíl


Kerry Senior Ladies Homecoming

The Kerry Senior Ladies Football team will return home this evening via coach through Castleisland at 5:30pm

It will be on in the carpark in Castleisland at the bottom of the town.

Official Homecoming Reception

Come and say hello to the team and management

Welcome home reception will take place in Glebe Car Park Killarney this evening at 7:30pm

There will be live entertainment from 7pm .

Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Please cooperate with the stewards on the day

Lidl Ladies NFL Division 1 Round 6 Report

Cork 1-17

Kerry 2-6


A goal from Hannah Looney helped Cork to a derby victory over Kerry in their Lidl NFL Division 1 clash at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

The home side had to withstand a second-half comeback from the table-toppers to inflict a first league defeat on Kerry this season.

Orlaith Cahalane opened the scoring for Cork in the second minute, picking up the loose ball after Katie Quirke’s shot on goal had been blocked. Eimear Kiely added a second from the restart as Cork pushed up to try and put pressure on the Kerry kick-outs.

Four minutes in, and from their first attack, Hannah O’Donoghue pointed for the Kingdom to make it 0-2 to 0-1. O’Donoghue thought she had levelled it, but her effort was ruled out for taking too many steps.

Quirke combined with Sarah Leahy for the former to get Cork’s third point before O’Donoghue missed a good opportunity to reduce the gap.

Rachel Dwyer made it 0-3 to 0-2 as Kerry started to settle into the game. Kiely and Ciara O’Sullivan both scored to keep Cork ahead before they too had a goal chance ruled out for overcarrying.

Libby Coppinger added a point, before Ciara O’Sullivan set up Hannah Looney for the game’s opening goal, to make it 1-6 to 0-2 with 19 minutes played.

O’Donoghue and Dwyer, from a free, responded for Kerry with Cahalane replying at the other end. Two more from Kiely saw Cork lead by 1-9 to 0-4 at half-time.

Kiely started the second half as she finished the first, with two pointed frees to push the Rebels further in front. Cork were denied a second goal when Ciara Butler saved brilliant from Dara Kiniry’s effort.

Abigail Ring, on as sub at half-time, increased Cork’s lead to make it 1-12 to 0-4. But Kerry weren’t going to go away easily and Síofra O’Shea goaled for them to bring the visitors back into contention.

Kiely and O’Shea exchanged scores as Cork led 1-13 to 1-5 with 15 minutes left. Three minutes later O’Shea got her, and Kerry’s, second goal to make it 1-15 to 2-5 as the visitors showed why they had been undefeated in the league to this point.

Shauna Kelly scored again for Cork with O’Shea replying for Kerry as time ran out and Cork took the points on offer.

Scorers for Cork: E Kiely 0-8 (7f), H Looney 1-1, O Cahalane 0-2, K Quirke, C O’Sullivan, L Coppinger, A Ring, S Kelly, D Kiniry 0-1 each.

Kerry: S O’Shea 2-2 (1f), R Dwyer (2f), H O’Donoghue 0-2 each.

CORK: M O’Sullivan; M Duggan, E Meaney, R Phelan; S Kelly, M O’Callaghan, R Leahy; H Looney, S Leahy; L Coppinger, K Quirke, E Cleary; O Cahalane, E Kiely, C O’Sullivan.

Subs: D Kiniry for O’Callaghan (23), A O’Mahony for Leahy, A Ring for Cahalane (both ht), A Ryan for Duggan (42), E Jack for Coppinger (49), S McGoldrick for Cleary (50), B O’Sullivan for Looney (52), L McDonagh for Kiely, A McDonagh for R Leahy (both 57).

KERRY: C Butler; C O’Brien, E Lynch, A Dillane; C Lynch, E Costello, C Murphy; K Cronin, M O’Connell; N Carmody, A Galvin, A Harrington; F Tangney, R Dwyer, H O’Donoghue.

Subs: N Ni Chonchuir for M O’Connell, S O’Shea for Tangney, E McGlynn for Dwyer (all ht), L Scanlon for Carmody, A O’Connell for O’Brien, N Broderick for Dillane (47), K Brosnan for O’Donoghue (49), K A Hanrahan for Harrington (57).

Referee: Kevin Phelan (Laois).

Kerry 2023 Lidl Ladies National Football League Fixtures announced

HOLDERS Meath will begin the defence of their Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 crown with a glamour clash against Leinster rivals Dublin on the opening weekend of the 2023 campaign.

Division 1 of the competition also contains Cork, 2022 runners-up Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Waterford and newly-promoted Kerry.

Also on the opening weekend (January 22), Galway will host Donegal, Cork make the trip to Mayo, and Waterford will entertain Kerry, the 2022 Lidl National League Division 2 champions and TG4 All-Ireland Finalists.

Round 2 will see Donegal host Meath, who are also the reigning TG4 All-Ireland Senior champions, in a repeat of the 2022 Lidl National League Division 1 Final, while the sides also met in this year’s TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final.

Also in Round 2, Galway entertain Dublin, Waterford are at home to Cork and Kerry will travel to Mayo for a repeat of the 2022 TG4 All-Ireland Senior semi-final between the counties.

Divisions 2 and 3 will also contain eight teams each, while Division 4 is split into two groups, with Kilkenny making a welcome return to the competition.

The top two teams in Divisions 1, 2 and 3 will progress straight to the Lidl National League Finals, while there will be semi-finals in Division 4, scheduled for Sunday March 26.

The Divisions 1 and 2 Finals will be played at Croke Park on Saturday, April 15, with the Divisions 3 and 4 Finals taking place on Sunday April 16.

Division 2 will contain Armagh, the 2022 runners-up, Cavan, Laois, Monaghan, Tipperary, Tyrone, Westmeath (relegated from Division 1 in 2022) and promoted Roscommon.

Division 3 is made up of Clare (relegated from Division 2 in 2022), Down, Kildare, Louth, Longford, Sligo, Wexford and promoted Offaly.

Division 4A is comprised of Antrim, Carlow, Fermanagh and London, with Derry, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Limerick and Wicklow set to compete in Division 4B.

The top two teams in each of the Division 4 groups will progress to the semi-finals.

Lidl Ladies National Football League 2023 – Division 1

Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Mayo, Meath & Waterford

First named team at home

Round 1 – 22nd January 2023

Galway -v- Donegal

Mayo -v- Cork

Dublin -v- Meath

Waterford -v- Kerry 

Round 2 – 29th January 2023

Galway -v- Dublin

Waterford -v- Cork

Donegal -v- Meath

Mayo -v- Kerry 

Round 3 – 5th February 2023

Cork -v- Dublin

Kerry -v- Donegal

Galway -v- Meath

Waterford  -v- Mayo

Round 4 – 19th February 2023

Kerry  -v- Dublin

Donegal -v- Waterford

Meath -v-Mayo

Galway -v- Cork

Round 5 – 26th February 2023

Cork -v- Donegal

Dublin -v- Mayo

Waterford -v- Galway

Kerry -v- Meath

Round 6 – 19th March 2023

Donegal -v- Dublin

Meath -v- Waterford

Cork -v- Kerry 

Mayo -v- Galway

Round 7 – 26th March 2023

Donegal -v- Mayo

Cork -v- Meath

Galway -v- Kerry

Dublin -v- Waterford

Final – Saturday 15th April 2023

Times and venues to be confirmed

Minor Trials & Goalkeeping Academy IMPORTANT INFORMATION


Please notify players attending Minor Trials that due to the weather forecast for Saturday morning trials are now going to be held on SUNDAY 27TH NOVEMBER.

Be in Churchill at 10.30am for registration. Trials will begin at 11am

COSH Goalkeeping Academy

Please inform players of the cancellation

The COSH Goalkeeping academy due to take place on Sat 26th Nov has been cancelled.

Please inform players of the cancellation

Underage Intercounty Management Teams

The following were ratified at last nights County Board Meeting for next season

Kerry LGFA U18 Management Team

Joint Managers: Donal Rahilly/Mike Broderick – both Ballymacelligott

Team Selectors: Billy McElligott  Listowel, Nora O Connor – Rathmore

S&C: Aoife Newell, FLO: Emma McCarthy – Austin Stacks

Kerry LGFA U16 Management Team

Manager: Donal O’Doherty

Mentors: Tim O Connor – Spa, Jimmy Scanlon – Finuge/St Senans, Kerry Harkin – Cromane

Kerry LGFA U14 Management Team

Joint Managers: Joby Costello/Frank McLoughlin

Team Selectors: Jason Stack – Killarney Legion, Jason O’Brien – Firies, Katie Cahill – Rathmore, Helen O’Connor, Ballyduff , Mick Hannifin – Churchill               

Female Liaison Officer: Alanna Donegan – Moyvane

Coach: Susan Fernane  – Na Gaeil

S&C: Daniel Fleming – Keirins O’Rallihys, Dearbhail  Foley – Austin Stacks 

Randles Brothers County Championship Ticket Details Sunday 2nd October

Ticket details for all 5 finals in the Randles Brothers County Championship Finals can be got by clicking on the relevant link

Randles Brothers County Championship Finals

Sunday, 2nd October

Senior Championship Final

Southern Gaels v Finuge/St Senans – 4pm Fitzgerald Stadium

Intermediate Championship Final

Dr Crokes v Scartaglen – 2pm Fitzgerald Stadium

Junior A Championship

Cromane v Firies – Austin Stacks Park 12 noon

Junior B Championship Final

Ballymacelligott v Fossa – Castleisland – 12 noon

Junior C Championship Final

Glenflesk v Rathmore B – Currow – 12 noon

Kerry Senior Team Homecoming

The following are the details for the Kerry Senior Ladies Homecoming 

The courageous Kerry Senior Ladies Football team will return home this evening via coach through Castleisland at 5pm.

Official Homecoming Reception

Welcome home reception will take place in Fitzgerlad stadium this evening at 7pm

There will be live entertainment from 6pm .

Gates will be open from the Lewis road end of the grounds.

Please come out in force to show your support for the this amazing team and management and to thank them for all the amazing work and joy they have given us in 2022

Buy your tickets now for the 2022 Lidl National League Finals

YOU can now purchase tickets for the 2022 Lidl National League Divisions 1 and 2 Finals at Croke Park on Sunday April 10.

At 2pm, Armagh meet Kerry in the Division 2 Final, followed by the Division 1 Final between Donegal and Meath at 4pm.

Tickets for the Finals in Divisions 1 and 2 are now on sale by clicking on this LINK. 

Ticket Prices

Adults: €20
Students/OAPs: €10
U-18’s: €5

Group rates are available ONLY through the LGFA Office:

Group of 10 – U-18s & 1 Adult = €60 (€10 x 1 Adult & €5 x 10 U-18s)

Please call: 01 8363156 to order your Group Ticket


Ticket information for the Divisions 3 and 4 Finals will be released shortly.