By Cóilín Duffy
Connacht counties Galway and Mayo confirmed places in the Lidl National League Division 1 semi-finals, after wins over Westmeath and Monaghan respectively this afternoon.
It means that Dublin will face Galway and Mayo take on Cork in the last-four ties to be played on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of April.
Galway faced a must win against Westmeath, and ultimately done the business, thanks to a 0-13 to 0-7 victory over the home side in Mullingar.
The visitors led by 0-7 to 0-3 at half-time, with Mairead Seoighe, Roisin Leonard, Olivia Divilly and Leanne Coen among those on target.
Westmeath cut the gap to two points early on the restart thanks to a brace of Karen Hegarty scores, but Galway kept on top.
Tracey Leonard was solid, and although Westmeath got the gap back to a goal, Galway finished strongly, with Leonard, Emma Reaney and Leanne Walsh on target late on.
Sarah Rowe, fresh from picking up a GFP Higher Education All-Star on Friday night bagged 3-4 as Mayo were 6-11 to 3-11 winners over Monaghan at the Amenity Park in Swinford.
Fellow 2018 College All-Stars, sisters Niamh and Grace Kelly also were in sterling form for the hosts, with Niamh firing 1-1, Grace getting three points, with substitutes Sarah Mulvihill and Rebecca Waldron netting the winners other goals.
Mayo led 3-5 to 1-5 at half-time, with Rowe bagging two of their goals and a 30th minute Cora Courtney goal keeping Monaghan in touch.
Rowe’s third goal came from a 34th minute penalty, but with 10 minutes to go Monaghan had a chance after Muireann Atkinson had found the back of the Mayo net on two occasions.
However, Mayo were strong and they drove on to take a nine-point win, and with it a semi-final place.