team performance encompassing tremendous character and exceptional intensity proved the key element for a deserved win. With the playing surfaced deemed just about playable, both sides created plenty of endeavour to a game that remained up for grabs right to the concluding stages yet Boherbue's strikes at crucial stages proved decisive.
ALL-IRELAND LADIE JAFC SEMI-FINAL
Boherbue 3-6 Donaghmoyne 1-6
Though operating against the breeze in the opening quarter, home side Donaghmoyne accelerated out of the traps, availing of three early points from full forward Edel Keenan. And Boherbue were thankful to custodian Marie Murphy on producing a brilliant save.
Taking a time to adjust to the sodden underfoot terrain, Boherbue pulled their game together, confirmed on Daly blasting home a well executed goal in the 18th min. to tie up matters. Boherbue's game gathered momentum, drawing a positive response from a dominant half back line of Aisling Daly, Beatrice Casey and Noirín Murphy. At midfield, Shauna Kelly and Orlaith McAulliffe established control.
That allowed ample possession into attack, Gillian Daly netting again before the same player had a third ruled out. Elsewhere, Julie Dennehy steered over delightful points for Boherbue hold a 2-5 to 0-3 grip at the break.
Donaghmoyne threw down the gauntlet upon the restart with Niamh Callan, Aine Finnegan and Rosemary Courtney leading by example. And a flourish yielded the hosts a prompt 1-2 tally, the goal netted by Roisín Finnegan.
But when the occasion demanded, Boherbue reinvented themselves as dogged battlers none more so in defence with 'keeper Murphy too smothering a number of stinging shots. However, the Munster hopefuls waited to the 54th min to open their second half on a Daly point.
Still, the game remained up for grabs and in nine minutes of injury time played, Boherbue were living on their nerve. But in a splendid break, a late Claire O'Connor goal cooled the tension to rubberstamp a deserved win and set up a place against Dublin's Thomas Davis next week.