- Dan Price
Kerry 1-14 Monaghan 1-11 : Monaghan edged out by Kerry in Tuam
The Kingdom defeated Monaghan 1-14 to 1-11 in the last four, at Tuam Stadium in Galway.
Kerry, had the first two points of the encounter. Monaghan hit back to halve the deficit but another Kerry point brought the gap back to two.
Monaghan had the next two scores to make it 3 points apiece come the water break.
Monaghan were first to score upon the resumption and things got worse for Kerry as Ciara Butler was sent to the sin bin. The subsequent penalty had Monaghan ahead by 1-4 to 0-3.
Two Kerry points brought the Kingdom within two at 0-5 to 1-4. Kerry had two of the next 3 points and trailed by the minimum approaching half-time. Just before the break Monaghan doubled their advantage and they went in at the short whistle with a 1-6 to 0-7 lead.
Into the second half and 3 unanserwed points put Kerry ahead.
Monaghan pointed to make it a drawn game once more but Kerry nudged in front once more. Then came a Louise Ní Mhuireachtaigh goal to put the Kingdom 4 clear in the 12th minute of the half at 1-11 to 1-7. At the water break Kerry were ahead by 1-12 to 1-7.
After Monaghan had back to back points Kerry lost Niamh Carmody to a sin binning. The Kerry lead stood at 4 points with 5 minutes remaining; 1-14 to 1-10. Time was almost up when Monaghan scored what was the final points of the encounter.
Kerry will play Armagh in the final in Croke Park at 2 on Sunday April 10th.