Waterford and Armagh claim quarter-final slots
Wall’s late goal breaks Cavan’s hearts; Armagh edge high-scoring clash with Westmeath
Cavan boss Aidan McCabe insists that Waterford can trouble favourites Dublin in the quarter-final on August 12th.
McCabe was left devastated by a two-point loss (1-15 to 1-13) to Waterford in Clane on Satur- day - as Aileen Wall struck a winning goal in the third minute of stoppage time.
Waterford’s remarkable season continues and having taken down Cork and Kerry in the Munster round-robin series, the Déise have now added another big scalp.
Pat Sull i van’s charges bounced back from their narrow Munster f i nal defeat against Kerry to go a step further in the All-Ireland series than last year.
Sullivan smiled: “The experts will say we’ll turn up and the script is written – Dublin are in a semi-final versus Kerry. We’ll have a look at it and see how we go.”
With Aisling Doonan on fire for Cavan, the Breffni County produced a superb second half display, and came from three points down to lead late on.
Having found themselves 1-7 to 0-13 adrift with 23 minutes left, Cavan gained a firm stranglehold on proceedings and Waterford looked like going out.
But in the 59th minute, Caoimhe McGrath caught Doonan’s free from underneath her own crossbar and Waterford stayed alive.
Waterford’s Aileen Wall struck the match-winning goal in the third minute of stoppage time
And with time almost up, substitute Wall squeezed a shot inside Elaine Walsh’s near post to secure a dramatic win.
McCabe reflected: “That just happens. We asked at half-time what were they willing to do to get by this game and get into a quarter-final? The answer was there, they gave absolutely everything in that second half especially.”
At half-time, Waterford did lead by a point, 0-9 to 1-5, despite losing goalkeeper Jessica Fitzgerald to the sin-bin early on.
Fitzgerald hauled down Aishling Sheridan to concede a ninth-minute penalty and Doonan slotted home for Cavan’s only goal.
In that first half, the sides were level four times, with Maria Delahunty, Aoife Murray and Elaine Fennell causing problems for Cavan up front.
In the second period, Michelle Ryan rolled back the years with a stunning performance and that late Wall goal got Waterford over the line.
Armagh, meanwhile, will face Munster champions Kerry in the quarter-finals after surviving a massive scare from Leinster runners-up Westmeath.
Ar magh h e l d on for a two-point victory (3-16 to 4-11) in a tense and high-scoring encounter at home of the Lannleire club in Louth.