Wednesday 21 February 2018

Donaghmoyne and Carnacon final date

Ladies Football

HOLDERS Donaghmoyne will meet Carnacon on Sunday, December 1, in the All-Ireland senior club football championship final.

The eagerly anticipated clash is a repeat of last year's final – which Monaghan and Ulster standard-bearers Donaghmoyne won by five points.

Donaghmoyne enjoyed a comfortable 2-16 to 0-8 victory against Clare and Munster champions Banner in Corofin in yesterday's semi-final.

Banner hit four early wides before Donaghmoyne took control as they opened up a 2-9 to 0-3 half-time lead.

Monaghan star Cathriona McConnell scored the game's opening goal as Donaghmoyne established a 1-7 to 0-3 advantage.

Niamh Callan added a second goal before the break and Donaghmoyne were 12 points clear at the midway point and out of sight.

Donaghmoyne had Fiona Courtney sin-binned in the second half but they kept the scoreboard ticking over.

Meanwhile, Mayo and Connacht champions Carnacon survived a huge second-half fightback from Mountmellick Sarsfields in Ballintubber yesterday.

The 2011 All-Ireland winners booked their place in a fourth successive final with a 4-8 to 3-10 victory.

At half-time, Carnacon were 4-1 to 0-5 clear but Mountmellick hit three late goals to ensure a nervy finish. Cora Staunton netted in the fourth minute for Carnacon, but Mountmellick were ahead early on, 0-5 to 1-0.

Before half-time, Carnacon struck with a glut of goals as Staunton (who finished with 2-7) added a second in the 28th minute before Aoife Brennan bagged a brace in stoppage-time.

Carnacon ran riot despite having Caroline McGing sin-binned in the 23rd minute, but despite conceding four first-half goals, Mountmellick kept strong.

Meaghan Dunne scored goals in the 48th and 55th minutes before Claire Conlon netted a penalty deep in stoppage-time. Nine points up at the three-quarter point, Carnacon were left hanging on for a slender one-point victory.

Irish Independent

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