Courtney inspires Farney triumph
Monaghan 4-15 Kerry 2-12
MONAGHAN will face Cork in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park on September 25 after securing a thrilling victory over Kerry in Birr.
It was the second successive year for the Kingdom to lose out at this stage.
The beaten Munster finalists produced a gritty performance and came from eight points down in the first half to lead twice in the second period.
However, Monaghan hit 2-5 without reply in a devastating 15-minute spell to take hold of proceedings, as Kerry lost Aisling Desmond to the sin-bin for 10 minutes.
And the Farney girls, who led by 2-7 to 0-8 at half-time, had little difficulty closing out the game.
The winners scored 4-11 from play in an impressive attacking display, but it was captain Sharon Courtney who claimed the Player of the match award on the back of a powerhouse display at full-back.
Scorers -- Monaghan: C McConnell 1-6 (0-3f), C Mohan 2-1, T McNally 1-3, E McCarron 0-3, N Kindlon (f), L McEnaney 0-1 each. Kerry: S Houlihan 0-6 (4f), L Ní Mhuircheartaigh 1-2, D Corridan 1-0, B Breen, M O'Donoghue, L Cronin, S Corkery 0-1 each.
MONAGHAN -- L Martin; G McNally, S Courtney, C Reilly; A McAnespie, N Fahy, L Connolly; A Casey, C Courtney; T McNally, E McCarron, C McConnell; C McAnespie, N Kindlon, C Mohan. Subs: I Kierans for C Courtney (37), L McEnaney for Kindlon (40), E McElroy for Connolly (58), N Mohan for McConnell (60+1).
KERRY -- E Murphy; C Kelly, A Leonard, A Lyons; D Hallissey, A Desmond, SJ Joy; L Scanlon, B Breen; D Corridan, M O'Donoghue, L Galvin; S Houlihan, P Dennehy, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh. Subs: L Cronin for Dennehy (21), M O'Connell for O'Donoghue (53), S Corkery for Corridan (56), L O'Sullivan for Lyons (60+2).
Ref -- K Tighe (Dublin)