THE 2018 TG4 All-Ireland senior ladies football championship finalists will be confirmed in Roscommon’s Dr Hyde Park tomorrow, with two mouth-watering clashes down for decision.
The four teams involved in the senior grade — Donegal, Cork, Dublin and Galway — have shown their respective hands, with minimal changes made to their quarter-final winning sides.
Donegal and Cork go head-to-head in the first of the two senior meetings (throw-in 2.45pm, live on TG4) with both counties making one change a-piece.
Ephie Fitzgerald has called upon fit-again dual player Hannah Looney to start in midfield, with Daire Kiely — her late replacement against Westmeath — the player to make way.
The Tir Chonaill outfit meanwhile have captain Karen Guthrie back in their starting team after a knock meant she made a cameo from the bench the last day.
Anna Maria McGlynn makes the switch to the half-back line while Emer Gallagher drops to the bench to facilitate the personnel change.
The Rebels, who’ve fired home 23 goals in their five championship outings, will be focused on making amends and returning to Croke Park for All-Ireland final day while Donegal’s quest for a first-ever Brendan Martin Cup continues with a first All-Ireland semi-final appearance.
Elsewhere, reigning All-Ireland champions Dublin have named an unchanged starting team to face Galway (throw-in 4.30pm, live on TG4) as Mick Bohan sticks to his guns following their quarter-final win over Kerry.
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT @dublinladiesg have named an unchanged starting 15 from that which lined out versus Kerry in the QF for this Saturday's TG4 All Ireland Semi-final clash with Connacht Champions, Galway #COYGIB pic.twitter.com/sem4IxDbnA
— DublinLGFA (@dublinladiesg) August 24, 2018
The Tribeswomen on the other hand have been forced into making one change.
Ailbhe Davoren sustained a nasty cruciate injury against Mayo in their last eight meeting and has been ruled out for the remainder of the year.
As Galway bid for a first final spot since 2005, the Moycullen star is replaced by Mairead Seoighe in the starting line-up.
Also, Sarah Conneally switches to form the midfield partnership with Catriona Cormican at midfield.
Roscommon and Meath open the triple-header at Dr Hyde Park tomorrow (throw-in 1pm, live on TG4) as they face off for a place in the TG4 All-Ireland intermediate final against last year’s runners-up Tyrone.
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Tomorrow’s senior teams in full:
Dublin: C Trant; M Byrne, D Murphy, L Caffrey; S Goldrick, S McGrath, N Collins; L Magee, O Carey; C Rowe, N Healy, L Davey; S Aherne, N McEvoy, N Owens.
Galway: L Murphy; F Cooney, S Lynch, S Burke; E Flaherty, N Ward, C Cooney; C Cormican, S Conneally; O Divilly, T Leonard, L Ward; M Seoighe, R Leonard, L Coen.
Cork: M O’Brien; E Meaney, R Phelan, M Duggan; M O’Callaghan, S Kelly, E Spillane; A Hutchings, H Looney; C O’Sullivan, L Coppinger, E Scally; Á O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan, O Finn.
Donegal: L Gallagher; T Doherty, N McLaughlin, D Foley; T McCafferty, C Hegarty, A.M. McGlynn; K Herron, A McDonnell; K Guthrie, N Hegarty, S.J. McDonald; G McLaughlin, Y Bonner, E Ward.
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