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10 Aug 2022

Guess who is top of the LGFA scoring charts? Yes, it's Geraldine McLaughlin

Geraldine McLaughlin is once again leading the way on the LGFA All-Ireland series top-scorers list with 1-37 to date ahead of tomorrow's All-Ireland semi-final against Meath - taking the Termon forward onto an incredible 96-529 in 114 appearances for Donegal

Guess who is top of the LGFA scoring charts? Yes, it's Geraldine McLaughlin

Geraldine McLaughlin all smiles following Donegal's victory over Cavan in the LGFA Ulster SFC semi-final this year

With a chance of an appearance in a first ever TG4 LGFA All-Ireland SFC final at Croke Park, only one stat will really matter for Donegal tomorrow evening - the final score.

Maxi Curran’s side are aiming to get the better of current All-Ireland and Lidl National Football League Division 1 winners Meath to book a place in the final for the first time in their history, having made the last four just once before, when they lost out to Cork in 2018.

Whilst every one of the panel have played their part, scores pay the rent and Geraldine McLaughlin certainly does her share. The Termon sharpshooter was finally awarded an All-Star last season, having first appeared for Donegal seniors in 2010. Her biggest one-day haul was an incredible 2-14 against Down in 2014.

To date, she has played for Donegal 114 times and registered 96-529 (817 points), which is an average of 7.2. McLaughlin was the top-scorer overall in the All-Ireland SFC for three seasons in succession - 2017, 2018 and 2019 - and leads the charts again this season with 1-37, of which 26 were frees, in Donegal’s five outings to date, thanks to @gaa_statsman for this year’s totals.

Second place is Aimee Mackin, with 2-30 - which includes a penalty goal and 10 frees - and an Ulster championship with an Armagh side who were eliminated last week at the All-Ireland quarter-final stage by Kerry, with Dublin’s Hanna Tyrrell, who has bagged 3-26, with 11 frees and a one goal from a penalty.

Fourth overall is Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh from Kerry, ahead of their semi-final tomorrow against Mayo, with 4-22, one penalty goal and 15 frees. Carle Rowe from Dublin and Cork’s Doireann O’Sullivan are tied for fifth with 5-15, 8f, and 2-24, 16f respectively. Meath’s top-scorer is Steacey Grimes, who is seventh overall, with 1-26, penalty goal and 23 frees.

In the National Football League Division 1 this spring, Donegal opened with a 0-10 to 0-7 win over Galway, with McLaughlin scoring 0-7, 5f. She was absent on the second day out as her side secured a 2-6 to 2-11 win in Westmeath and also moses the 2-7 to 1-7 loss to Mayo at the Connacht Centre of Excellence.

McLaughlin was back as Donegal produced a late smash and grab to beat Dublin 2-8 to 1-10 in the semi-final in Clones and hit a free as part of her four-point total in the 2-8 to 1-9 loss to Meath in the final.

In Donegal’s Ulster campaign this year, McLaughlin popped over nine points, six of which were frees in a 3-19 to 1-11 semi-final victory over Cavan in Clones and at the same venue, in a 3-17 to 2-19 extra-time loss to Armagh, struck 1-11, 4f.

Donegal’s All-Ireland series opened with a 0-10 to 1-5 success in Burr against Waterford, with McLaughlin registering 0-7 in all, with all but one from a free. Donegal lost out to Cork in Clane, Co Kildare, in their second outing on a scoreline of 2-12 to 1-10, with McLaughlin scoring 0-5, 4f, and last Saturday, in a fantastic 3-7 to 1-7 win over Dublin in the All-Ireland quarter-final, McLaughlin hit five frees.

McLaughlin’s records - historical totals from Fr Seán O'Gallchóir
2010: 13 Appearances. Scored 9-32 (59). Average 4.5
2011: 9 Appearances. Scored 14-28 (70). Average 7.8
2012: 7 Appearances, Scored 6-40 (58) Average 8.3
2013: 7 Appearances. Scored 6-28 (46). Average 6.6
2014: 6 Appearances. Scored 4-29 (41). Average 6.8
2015: 7 Appearances.Scored 7-37 (58). Average 8.3
2016: 10 Appearances. Scored 8-40 (64).Average 6.4
2017: 12 Appearances. Scored 15-55 (100). Average 8.3
2018: 10 Appearances. Scored 6-48 (66). Average 6.6
2019: 10 Appearances. Scored 8-51 (75). Average 7.5
2020: 7 Appearances. Scored 5-36 (51). Average 7.3
2021: 8 Appearances. Scored 7-58 (79). Average 9.9
2022: 8 Appearances. Scored 1-47 (50), Average 6.25
Total: 114 Appearances, Scored 96-529 (817) Average 7.2

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