Mayo And Galway in All-Ireland Semi-final Showdown

This promises to be an intriguing encounter between Galway and Mayo, sides who know plenty about each other.

Galway won the Lidl NFL Division 1 clash between the counties, before they met again in the TG4 Connacht Senior Final.

After a brilliant game finished level at Elvery’s MacHale Park in Castlebar, Galway ran out winners in the replay at Limerick’s LIT Gaelic Grounds to strike a psychological blow.

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Both teams have been in super form since, winning all of their games.

Galway took care of Kerry and Westmeath in the group stages of the All-Ireland series, before coping better with testing weather conditions to get the better of Waterford in the quarter-finals.

Mayo have been improving with every game, and look to be a team on a real mission.

The green and red have beaten three Ulster opponents in their last three games – Tyrone and Donegal in Group 4, and Armagh in the last eight of the competition.

Mayo have one of the most formidable attacks in the country, and inside forwards Sarah Rowe, Rachel Kearns and Grace Kelly have been in scintillating form.

Kelly’s exploits earned her The Croke Park/LGFA Player of the Month award for July, and Galway are well aware of the havoc that the Moy Davitts star and her full-forward line colleagues can wreak.

But Galway are no slouches in the scoring department themselves and captain Tracey Leonard is bang in form.

A Mayo win would send them back to the All-Ireland Final for the first time since losing out to Dublin in 2017, while Galway are targeting a first Final appearance since 2005.

Galway: L Murphy; S Burke, N Ward, S Lynch; O Murphy, B Hannon, C Cooney; L Ward, Á McDonagh; O Divilly, M Glynn, M Seoighe; T Leonard, S Conneally, R Leonard

Mayo: A Tarpey; N O’Malley, D Caldwell, É Ronayne; K Sullivan, Ciara McManamon, C Whyte; Clodagh McManamon, E Needham; S Cafferky, M Reilly, N Kelly; S Rowe, R Kearns, G Kelly

Mayo v Galway

Sunday August 25th

Croke Park, 2pm