Thursday 22 August 2019

Carnacon seal date with Mourneabbey in decider

Carnacon 3-14 St Macartan's 0-8

Carnacon’s Martha Carter gets her shot away despite the best efforts of Slaine McCarroll of St Macartan’s at Fr. Hackett Park in Augher. Photo: Sportsfile
Carnacon’s Martha Carter gets her shot away despite the best efforts of Slaine McCarroll of St Macartan’s at Fr. Hackett Park in Augher. Photo: Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

Carnacon and Mourneabbey will contest the All-Ireland ladies senior club football final at Parnell Park on December 3.

Mayo outfit Carnacon and Cork's Mourneabbey came through their respective semi-finals over the weekend, to set up an intriguing decider.

Carnacon's Aoife Brennan tries to shrug off St Macartan's Lynda Donnelly. Photo: Sportsfile
Carnacon's Aoife Brennan tries to shrug off St Macartan's Lynda Donnelly. Photo: Sportsfile

Mourneabbey needed extra-time at Bray Emmets on Saturday, before seeing off the challenge of Dublin outfit Foxrock-Cabinteely.

Laura Fitzgerald scored 2-3 and the O'Sullivan sisters, Ciara and Doireann, bagged 1-1 apiece as Mourneabbey won through by 4-5 to 0-15. The sides were level at the end of the regulation hour at 3-4 to 0-13, as Amy Ring's late free for Fox-Cab took the game into extra-time. But last year's beaten finalists Fox-Cab were undone by an extra-time goal from Fitzgerald, as 2014 and 2015 runners-up Mourneabbey sealed a third final in four years.

Their opponents will be Carnacon, who scored a comfortable 3-14 to 0-8 victory over St Macartan's on Sunday.

Australia-bound Cora Staunton collected 1-7 as the five-time winners Carnacon booked their place in a first final since 2013.

Carnacon's Cora Staunton scores a point. Photo: Sportsfile
Carnacon's Cora Staunton scores a point. Photo: Sportsfile

Carnacon had big performances from Amy Dowling and Fiona McHale against a St Macartan's side managed by former Tyrone All-Ireland winner Ryan McMenamin.

In front of a big home crowd at Fr Hackett Park in Augher, St Mac's were outclassed but they will rue a big first-half tally of eight wides. At half-time, Carnacon led by 1-6 to 0-3 and the goal from McHale in the 16th minute was a brilliant solo effort.

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The second Carnacon goal arrived in the 36th minute, as a long-range free from Staunton found the net, before Dowling registered goal number three six minutes later.

From there until the finish it was simply a matter of keeping the scoreboard ticking over for Carnacon, as their goalkeeper Michelle Higgins preserved a 'clean sheet' with a superb late save to keep out Lynda Donnelly.

It was an excellent weekend for Cork clubs, as last year's beaten junior finalists Kinsale booked a place in the intermediate final, while Aghada progressed to a junior decider.

On home soil, Kinsale ran out narrow 0-18 to 2-11 winners against Galway outfit Maigh Cuilinn on Sunday, with All-Star Orla Finn collecting eight points.

There were also three-point hauls for All-Ireland minor winner Sadhbh O'Leary and underage star Faye Ahern.

Evvie Ní Leamhná netted in the first half for Maigh Cuilinn but Kinsale were 0-12 to 1-5 ahead at the break.

Kinsale's final opponents will be Meath outfit Dunboyne, who ran out 3-18 to 1-3 winners on their visit to Monaghan club Latton O'Rahilly.

Fiona O'Neill, Vikki Wall and Alison Jones scored the Dunboyne goals, as Emilie Culleton netted for Latton.

Meanwhile, Aghada will meet Corduff of Monaghan in the junior final. Corduff were 4-8 to 2-10 winners at home to Dublin outfit Cuala, with Barbara Ward's late goal proving decisive.

At Tuam Stadium, visitors Aghada scored three first-half goals - courtesy of Amanda Bennett, Aileen McGrath and Hannah Looney - as they beat Tuam/Cortoon 3-12 to 1-7.

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