Ladies: Laois and Kildare set for relegation battle as Tipp and Donegal retain senior status

July 06, 2024

Tipperary's Aishling Moloney. ©INPHO/Bryan Keane.

Compiled by John Fallon

Laois and Kildare will battle it out for survival in the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship ranks next Saturday, July 13.

They lost out in their respective relegation qualifiers against Tipperary and Donegal on Saturday afternoon.

At John Lockes GAA club in Callan, Co. Kilkenny, Tipperary got the better of Laois by 1-15 to 1-4 to ensure they’ll be playing Senior Championship football again in 2025.

And at Kingspan Breffni, Donegal edged out Kildare by 0-9 to 0-8 to ensure survival.

A goal in the second minute by Angela McGuigan helped Tipperary build a 1-11 to 0-00 interval lead and really there was no way back for Laois after that.

Laois didn’t register their first score of the game until Andrea Moran pointed a free four minutes after the restart.

Tipperary, with Emma Morrissey finishing with 0-5 from play and Ashling Moloney shooting 0-6, five of them frees, pulled away again and were never threatened.
Laois never gave up and Katie Donoghue found the net in the closing stages and will now turn their attentions to next week’s relegation play-off decider against Kildare.

Donegal held off a late Kildare rally to ensure their senior status for next year after a tight struggle in Cavan.

Kildare led by 0-6 to 0-5 at the interval but Donegal took over after the restart, and with Susanne White finishing with 0-6, they got the opening four points after the break to lead by 0-9 to 0-6 after 48 minutes.

Kildare rallied from there and while they held Donegal scoreless for the remainder of the match, they were only able to manage three points and unable to get level and will now start preparing for a relegation showdown with neighbours Laois next weekend.

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