Thursday 19 October 2017

McConnell helps to retain senior crown

Donaghmoyne 2-9 Ffoxrock-Cabinteely 0-8

Donaghmoyne players celebrate their All-Ireland club final victory. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Donaghmoyne players celebrate their All-Ireland club final victory. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

All-Ireland ladies sf club final

Catriona McConnell led the charge as Donaghmoyne won back-to-back All-Ireland titles for the very first time at Parnell Park yesterday.

Appearing in their seventh final, Donaghmoyne claimed a fifth crown but it was the first time in the club's history that they managed to successfully retain the national silverware.

Ciara O'Riordan of Foxrock Cabinteely in action against Amanda Casey of Donaghmoyne during the All Ireland Ladies Football Senior Club Championship Final at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Ciara O'Riordan of Foxrock Cabinteely in action against Amanda Casey of Donaghmoyne during the All Ireland Ladies Football Senior Club Championship Final at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

A dominant first half display provided the platform for victory against Dublin's Foxrock-Cabinteely and McConnell, who took a year out from inter-county fare with Monaghan in 2016, finished with a personal haul of 1-5.

In a repeat of last year's semi-final, Foxrock-Cab showed some real spirit in the second half to outscore Donaghmoyne (0-6 to 1-2) but they had too much work to do and a comeback was never on the cards.

Donaghmoyne did go 15 minutes without a score in the second period but the hard work was done and Niamh Callan's 48th minute point was crucial to steady the ship again for the winners, who prevailed by seven points.

There was a late scare for Donaghmoyne when Anne-Marie Murphy crashed a shot off the post with Linda Martin beaten but that miss was symptomatic of Foxrock-Cab's luck on the day.

Amy Ring of Foxrock Cabinteely battles with Gina Comiskey of Donaghmoyne. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Amy Ring of Foxrock Cabinteely battles with Gina Comiskey of Donaghmoyne. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Donaghmoyne lost Cora Courtney to a yellow card with nine minutes remaining but with four minutes left, Foxrock-Cab had Niamh Collins booked as the physicality levels went up a couple of notches.

Foxrock-Cab had seen off five-time winners Carnacon in a pulsating semi-final but Donaghmoyne were obviously forewarned.

And right from the start they went about their business with intent, Cora Courtney's second minute point handing them an early advantage.

They may have been outscored in the second half but Donaghmoyne, once again, are worthy All-Ireland senior champions, drawing level with Mayo's Carnacon on the all-time roll of honour.

Scorers - Donaghmoyne: C McConnell 1-5 (0-2fs), L Kerley 1-1, A Casey, C Courtney & N Callan 0-1 each. Foxrock-Cabinteely: A Connolly 0-5 (3fs), A M Murphy 0-2, C Murphy 0-1.

Donaghmoyne - L Martin; J Geoghegan, F Courtney, Á McElroy; H Kingham, S Courtney, J Courtney; A Casey, C Courtney; C McConnell, E McElroy, R Courtney; L Kerley, N Callan, A Keenan. Subs: L Garland for Kingham (39), S McConnell for Á McElroy (47), R Finnegan for Keenan (55), G Comiskey for Kerley (59).

Foxrock-Cabinteely - L Ahern; E McDonagh, N Collins, S Delahunty; S Goldrick, C Ní Mhurchadh, L Fusciardi; S Brophy, L Nerney; C O'Riordan, A.M. Murphy, N Ryan; A Ring, F Claffey, A Connolly. Subs: H O'Neill for Ring (28), C Crotty for Delahunty (36), C Murphy for O'Riordan (46), T O'Sullivan for McDonagh (47), E O'Herlihy for Nerney (56).

REF - G Carmody (Mayo).

Irish Independent

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