Tuesday 17 September 2019

Killeen leads title rout

Clontarf 8-14 Emmet Óg 2-5

Amidst torrential rain in Donnycarney, Killeen rolled a third-minute shot beyond the reach of Emmet Óg goalkeeper Darine Morgan. Stock photo: Sportsfile
Amidst torrential rain in Donnycarney, Killeen rolled a third-minute shot beyond the reach of Emmet Óg goalkeeper Darine Morgan. Stock photo: Sportsfile

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Republic of Ireland international Siobhan Killeen grabbed an astonishing haul of 5-4 at Parnell Park to propel Clontarf towards a historic All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Club Championship Football title win.

They finished 27 points up on Emmet Óg of Monaghan, becoming the first Dublin club to triumph at this grade.

Amidst torrential rain in Donnycarney, Killeen rolled a third-minute shot beyond the reach of Emmet Óg goalkeeper Darine Morgan. Niamh Hetherton's subsequent point made it an ideal start for Clontarf, but their Monaghan counterparts settled with unanswered efforts by Bridín Tierney, Chloe McBride and Laura Boylan.

While Clontarf rattled the net for a second time through Tara Fitzgibbon, Emmet Óg issued an immediate response. McBride's speculative shot floated into the far corner of the net, reducing their deficit to a single point at 2-1 to 1-3. Before Clontarf reinforced their superiority with back-to-back scores from Fiona Skelly and Killeen.

An excellent Laura Boylan point kept Emmet Óg in reach, but after Sarah Fagan chipped over on the run, another clinical Killeen three-pointer gave the Dublin club a commanding 3-4 to 1-4 interval cushion.

This was the springboard for Clontarf, who introduced team captain Sarah Murphy in the 39th minute. Killeen completing her hat-trick with a typically-assured strike in the final-quarter, though this was swiftly cancelled out by Emmet Óg attacker Ellen McCarron.

Clontarf then placed the outcome beyond doubt with a manic scoring burst The industrious Caoimhe O'Connor got a goal in the 51st minute and sub Caroline Roban also fired home.

Killeen conjured goals either side of Roban's effort, bringing an one-sided affair to an inevitable conclusion.

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Scorers - Clontarf: S Killeen 5-4 (2f); T Fitzgibbon 1-2; C O'Connor 1-1 (1f); S Fagan 0-3; C Roban 1-0; F Skelly 0-2; N Hetherton 0-1, M Mohan 0-1.

Emmet Óg: E McCarron 1-1, C McBride 1-1, L Boylan 0-2; B Tierney 0-1.

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