The second day of the AIG Ladies Cups and Shields National Finals came to a close with tears of joy and disappointment at Knightsbrook Hotel and Golf Resort.
The AIG Senior Foursomes final will be played between Limerick and Massereene as Courtown and Woodbrook bowed out.
Limerick defeated Courtown 2.5-.5 in the first semi-final before Massereene won out over Woodbrook with the same victory margin.
Ailish Dilger, Limerick Team Captain said: “It was a great battle out there today, played in great spirit. Our top two matches performed extremely well, their short game was superb and they didn’t do a lot wrong. We had great support from Limerick so fingers crossed we go all the way tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, the AIG Intermediate Cup final will be a replay of the 2017 renewal when Loughrea pipped Mullingar at Malone. Mullingar narrowly overcame Monkstown in a semi-final match that went to the wire before Loughrea bested Castlerock by the same score-line, 3-2.
“It was a tight affair in the end,” explained Mullingar Team Captain Aideen Mulligan. “We had two early wins and then two matches which were down so we were relying on our fifth player. It was her first time in a clutch situation but she had a very experienced caddy so I was relaxed that she would bring Emma [Keena Duffy] in and she won nicely on the 17th.”
Friday’s final will bring emotion for many reasons with Mullingar no doubt wanting to make amends for 2017, but Mulligan insists that whatever happens, the smiles won’t be rubbing off for a very long time.
“Everything after this is a bonus. When we won the District Final, we were the most delighted team. I’m only in the club five years but there have been so many teams and managers before us that have gotten close. We all have our own stories in life and it’s emotional, but we’re the happiest team in Mid Leinster today!”
As for their opponents, Tanya Whyte secured the winning point for Loughrea against Castlerock on the 19th.
“Head down and swing easy, that’s all I could do!”
The AIG Ladies Cups and Shields continues on Friday with the continuation of semi-finals and finals from 8.00am.
Full scoring HERE
AIG LADIES CUPS AND SHIELDS DAY 2 RESULTS
AIG Senior Foursomes Semi Finals
Courtown (0.5) Limerick (2.5) (Courtown names first) S Howell & D Kavanagh lost to F McGann & E Guinane 4&3; K O’Hart & C Ledwidge lost to O Barry & S Conway 3&2; S Donnellan & M Sunderland halved with E Walsh & H Fitzgerald (called-in)
Woodbrook (0.5) Massereene (2.5) (Woodbrook names first) S Phillips & K O’Sullivan lost to L Simpson & J Parkhill 2&1; C Hamilton & E O’Brien lost to L McMeekin & H Myles 3&1; N Coffey & C Bourke halved with A Kelly & N Gordon-Foster (called-in)
AIG Intermediate Cup Semi Finals
Monkstown (2) Mullingar (3) (Monkstown names first) M Egan beat A Hannon 2 holes; L Whitaker lost to J Hogan 6&5; F Moloney lost to G Egan 5&4; G Coakley beat S Ruane 3&2; M McCarthy lost to E Duffy Keena 3&1
Castlerock (2) Loughrea (3) (Castlerock names first) I O’Connor lost to C Murray 3&2; K Mark beat A Kelly 5&4; V Reid beat G Keely 3&1; R McGuinness lost to T Whyte 19th; P McKenna lost to N Tracey 5&4
AIG Minor Cup Semi Finals
Castlebar (1.5) New Forest (3.5) (Castlebar names first) M Tuffy beat R McGrath 5&4; C Mulroy lost to D O’Connor 6&5; N Sheridan lost to R O’Shea 2holes; M McKeon halved with S Donegan (called-in); A O’Sullivan lost to A Naughton 5&4
Tralee (2) Kilmashogue (3) (Tralee names first) S O’Sullivan lost to E McCarthy 4&3; P Stack lost to G Fair 4&3; A Sayers beat E Healy 2&1; G Reen lost to M Judge 1 hole; K Houlihan beat D Healy 6&4
AIG Junior Cup Quarter Final
Castlebar (1.5) Newlands (3.5) (Castlebar names first) C White lost to E Coghlan 4&3; S Baynes beat R Cunningham 1 hole; L Kerr lost to L Colgan 4&2; C Moran halved with L Murphy (called-in); K Kelly lost to C Kiely 4&2
AIG Junior Foursomes Quarter Final
Newlands (1) Portumna (2) (Newlands names first) D Tobin & P Heffernan lost to B Kilmartin & B Kelly 2&1; F Mayberry & B Sweny lost to M McElroy & R Madden 5&4; W Hogan & D McCready beat K Lynch & M Madden 6&4
AIG Challenge Cup Quarter Final
Moyola Park (1) East Cork (4) (Moyola Park names first) S Coyle lost to O Evans 6&5; U Hegarty halved with C Goldspring (called-in); M McGuigan lost to N Kelleher 6&5; M Diamond lost to A O’Sullivan 8&6; A Cassidy halved with L Cuddigan (called-in)
AIG LADIES CUPS AND SHIELDS DAY 3 DRAW
08:00 Junior Cup Semi Final: Newlands v Limerick
08:40 Junior Foursomes Semi Final: Dromoland v Mullingar
09:10 Junior Foursomes Semi Final: Newlands/Portumna v Castlereagh
09:40 Junior Cup Semi Final: Enniscorthy v Co. Armagh
10:20 Challenge Cup Semi Final: East Cork v Rathcore
11:00 Challenge Cup Semi Final: Co. Sligo v Tulfarris
11:50 Minor Cup Final: New Forest v Kilmashogue
12:50 Senior Foursomes Final: Limerick v Massereene
13:30 Intermediate Cup Final: Mullingar v Loughrea