Amber Barrett has been making headlines after her late goal secured a vital 2-1 win for the Republic of Ireland women's soccer team over Slovakia in their FIFA 2019 World Cup qualifying campaign at the Tallaght Stadium last evening.
Let's start at the end. When the final whistle blew both sets of supporters gave a generous round of applause. It was that type of match, honest, fiercely contested with no quarter given nor asked. Let's be clear here. The intensity in ladies football sir, is as intense as any man's game. Decades of playing and more watching, confirmed that to me. Now back to the start.
HOLDERS Cork and TG4 All-Ireland senior champions Dublin booked their Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 semi-final spots, while Kerry were relegated to the second tier on a busy weekend of action.
'In years gone by, we would have kinda buckled but today the girls stood firm and drove on' - Galway captain Tracey Leonard after her team's surprise win over All Ireland champions Dublin in the Lidl NFL.
WITH the TG4 Ladies Football All Stars home safe and sound following a memorable trip to Bangkok, it's back to reality with a bang for many of them as Divisions 1 and 2 of the Lidl Leagues resume over the weekend.
'This is the hottest it's ever been but the standard of football was brilliant' - Dublin's Sinead Goldrick perfectly summed up the TG4 All Stars Exhibition game in the Chulalongkorn University Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, on St Patrick's Day.