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Double Páirc header unlikely

Wednesday, 6th June, 2018 3:34pm

The Munster Football Final is headed for a historic Saturday night slot as the first provincial decider in the newly revamped Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

It's unlikely, however, that the Cork men’s and women’s teams will both play their respective finals in the stadium, with just the men's final pencilled in for Saturday 23 June. This is despite the fact the the ladies decider, featuring both Cork and Kerry also, is set for decision on the same day.

Eight National Ladies Football Leagues games were played as double bills with male teams this spring while last weekend's Munster Semi-Final between Kerry and Waterford was a curtain raiser to Kerry's win over Clare in the men's competition.

Regardless of the venue, the Cork ladies footballers will be relieved to find themselves in yet another Munster Final after overcoming the challenge of Tipperary in Ardfinnan last weekend.

Cork captain Ciara O'Sullivan expressed her relief after the final whistle and she said there is already excitement brewing about being back in the final, despite Cork's incredible success-rate on the field over the last 13 years.

“We’re into a Munster final which is a step further than we got last year so that’s all we’ll be focussing on,” said O’Sullivan.

“It will be another very very tough game in three weeks time and we’ll train very hard for three weeks and see where that gets us. Tipp are a fabulous team, we would have had an interest in following Tipp over the last two years because our club trainer (Shane Ronayne) is their trainer, so we’ve followed Tipp and would have been shouting for them, ironically, last year.

“But they’re a brilliant, young, up and coming team and we knew we had a massive battle on our hands today and that’s how it turned out,” said O'Sullivan.

Elsewhere, reigning TG4 Munster champions Kerry got their title defence off to a surprisingly easy start against Waterford that belied their troubled Lidl NFL campaign and managerial problems in the last couple of months.

Goals in either half from Sarah Houlihan and Andrea Murphy capped a confident Kerry performance that puts them back in a TG4 Munster final.

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