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Cora cuts Fianna's finest adrift

THE celebrated Cora Staunton wrote another compelling chapter in her remarkable football career in Longford yesterday.

Cultured Cora hit 1-9 (0-4 frees) as Carnacon defeated Na Fianna in the Tesco All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Club Championship final, 2-12 to 2-4.

It was the Dubliners' first-ever appearance at this stage, having won their first Leinster crown in October.

Staunton was the chief architect of the victory, which gives the Mayo side their fourth title.

Staunton, playing at full-forward, treated the Ballymahon audience to a footballing master-class as she pulled more strings than the good folks at the Lambert Puppet Theatre.

She was involved in the creation of a first goal for Aoife Brennan as Carnacon led at the break 1-7 to 0-2. Staunton then produced a dazzling second goal as she beat three tackles before rattling a scorcher under the slates.

At that stage, it was looking very grim for the St Mobhi Road girls, 2-8 to 0-3, yet they began to show their best form to score two goals inside four minutes. The first came from Orlagh Egan, with Laura Walsh getting the second, which left just four points between them.

Na Fianna were enjoying the majority of possession, but they didn't take full advantage as they hit a parcel of costly wides.

Yet, when it mattered most, Wonder Woman herself hit four late points to cement the result.

As well as Staunton, Carnacon had aces in Caroline McGing, Claire Egan and Fiona McHale.

Their defence granted Na Fianna little space, yet the Dubs had excellent displays from Ciara McDermott, Walsh of Westmeath and their Irish rugby international, Nora Stapleton.