Water­ford and Ar­magh claim quar­ter-fi­nal slots

Wall’s late goal breaks Ca­van’s hearts; Ar­magh edge high-scor­ing clash with West­meath

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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.

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