Division 2 Final
Galway v Meath
Galway completed an All-Ireland double in 2013 and the Intermediates will be hoping to send the Seniors into the Division 1 Final in a positive frame of mind by securing the first leg of what would be another notable combo.
They face a stiff task though against an outfit that topped their group with a flawless record from four games, including an 18-point win when the two met in Trim on March 20th.
History has shown that it doesn’t always pay to take too much heed of games that take place earlier in the year, particularly when defeat isn’t disastrous, and while they lost again to Cork, the improved displays clearly restored the confidence of the Galway players.
They were underdogs against Kildare but with Rachel Monaghan and Amy Caulfield scoring eight points between them, and four other players getting on the scoresheet, the Maroons prevailed by the minimum margin.
Meath’s progress has been smoother, although Carlow did pose serious questions in the other Semi-Final. Jane Dolan has been their inspiration for many years and she was responsible for 10 of her side’s 14 points in the two-point success. Aoife Maguire and Kristina Troy are others that must be watched.
John Davis has introduced a number of young players this year to complement the experienced core, many of whom have been involved in the progression from Division 4 to Division 2. They will be fancied to take the next step but Galway have their own ambitions.
Saturday April 30th