First-time finalists Killarney will play 1988 champions Laytown and Bettystown in the final of the AIG sponsored Irish Senior Cup at Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa and Country Club today, writes the ILGU.
Underage stars Valerie Clancy, Caitriona Griffin and Mairead Martin haven been inspirational for the Munster side, who beat Elm Park in Friday’s semi finals having already dispatched Co. Sligo earlier in the day.
In a much tighter affair, the second semi final saw Laytown and Bettystown overcome a strong challenge from 2009 champions Kilkenny.
Mary Dowling drew first blood for the Cats with a home green victory over Carol Wickham, who’s daughter Rachel levelled the tie with a 16th hole victory over Orla Dunphy.
Alison Taylor continued her fine form winning on 16 to nudge her side ahead only for Kilkenny’s Mary Leahy Browne to level the contest once again with an extra tie hole win over Barbara Cooney.
It was then left to youngster Ellie Metcalfe who booked the Meath side’s berth in Satuday’s final, edging past the experienced Ann Smee at the first extra tie hole.
Laytown and Bettystown now aim to repeat their sole victory achieved back in 1988 while the youngsters of Killarney look to win the Irish Senior Cup at their first time of trying.
The final tees off at Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa and Country Club at 10am tomorrow, Saturday 16 August and all are welcome.
AIG Irish Senior Cup Quarter Finals, Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort
SATURDAY 16 AUGUST
10.00 Killarney -v- Laytown & Bettystown
FRIDAY 15 AUGUST
Elm Park ½ Killarney 4½
- Ariana Coyle Diez lost to Caitriona Griffin 2/1
- Louise Mernagh lost to Mairead Martin 5/4
- Rachel McDonnell lost to Valerie Clancy 1up
- Madeleine Canty halved with Claire Keating
- Jane Conan lost to Nicola Rainsford 4/2
Laytown & Bettystown 3 Kilkenny 2
Carol Wickham lost to Mary Dowling 1up
Alison Taylor beat Katie Aherne 5/3
Rachel Taylor beat Orla Dunphy 3/2
Barbara Cooney lost to Mary Leahy Browne at 19th
Eleanor Metcalfe beat Ann Smee at 19th
Royal Portrush 2 Elm Park 3
Lucy Simpson lost to Ariana Coyle Diez 7/5
Gemma McClenaghan beat Louise Mernagh 4/3
Helen Jones lost to Rachel McDonnell 1up
Hannah Henderson beat Nano Brennan 2/1
Naoimh Quigg lost to Madeline Canty 3/2
Co. Sligo ½ Killarney 4½
Holly Robinson lost to Caitriona Griffin 2/1
Maeve Rooney lost to Mairead Martin 2/1
Siobhan Flanagan lost to Valerie Clancy 6/5
Maeve Kelly halved with Ailish Mulcahy
Emma McTiernan lost to Nicola Rainsford 5/4
Laytown & Bettystown 3½ Douglas 1½
Carol Wickham beat Kate MacCann 2/1
Alison Taylor halved with Karen O'Neill
Rachel Taylor beat Tara Gribben 4/3
Phil O'Gorman lost to Eavan Higgins 6/4
Barbara Cooney beat Edel Coyne 6/5
Enniscorthy 1 Kilkenny 4
Aisling O'Leary lost to Mary Dowling 3/2
Nicola King halved with Mary Leahy Browne
Ciara Sharkey lost to Orla Dunphy 3/2
Laura Dempsey lost to Katie Aherne 6/5
Jennifer King halved with Ann Smee