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A TALLY of 1-9 from Cora Staunton helped Carnacon win the this title for a fourth time at Ballymahon, Co Longford yesterday.
Trailing only when Orlagh Egan got the game's first score for Na Fianna in the fourth minute, Carnacon were on top throughout the pitch.
Na Fianna managed to get to within four points, 2-8 to 2-4, after Laura Walsh's 47th-minute goal. However, that was to prove to be their last score, Staunton responding with four late points to ensure Carnacon would not be denied.
Two points from Staunton and another from Fiona McHale saw the winners responding quickly to Egan's opener for Na Fianna. They then struck for a well-worked goal as Staunton set up Aoife Brennan, who finished emphatically.
Staunton added a super point and had a chance of a goal from the penalty spot after Michelle McGing was fouled -- but fired wide.
By half-time they led 1-7 to 0-2 and in the second half Staunton's calming influence ensured Carnacon pulled further clear to take the title.
Scorers -- Carnacon: C Staunton 1-9 (4f), F McHale 0-3, A Brennan 1-0. Na Fianna: O Egan 1-2, L Walsh 1-0, A O'Donnell, C McDermott 0-1 each.
CARNACON -- M Higgins; N Hurst, N Tierney, S McGing; M Corbett, C McGing, A Loftus; C Egan, M Carter; M McGing, F McHale, D Hughes; N Beegan, C Staunton, A Brennan.
NA FIANNA -- S Turnbull; E Cassidy, L O'Sullivan, S Quinn; A Cushen, B O'Donnell, C O'Hara; A O'Donnell, C McDermott; M Nevin, N Doherty, L Walsh; M O'Gorman, B Finlay, O Egan. Subs: N Stapleton for O'Gorman (26), L Collins for Cushen (40), A Nolan for Nevin (56).
Ref -- MJ O'Keeffe (Cork)