Tuesday 12 November 2019

Reigning champs leak four goals but march on to semis

Mourneabbey players celebrate with the trophy following their Munster Ladies Football Senior Club Championship final victory over Ballymacarbry. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Mourneabbey players celebrate with the trophy following their Munster Ladies Football Senior Club Championship final victory over Ballymacarbry. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Mourneabbey manager Shane Ronayne expressed his satisfaction after the reigning All-Ireland senior club champions made it six-in-a-row in Munster.

Mourneabbey saw off Waterford outfit Ballymacarbry by 2-18 to 4-8 in Bansha yesterday.

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The reward is a crack at Ulster winners Donaghmoyne in the All-Ireland semi-final, in what will be a repeat of the 2015 final.

Goals from Lauren Guiry, Aileen Wall, Michelle Ryan and Lauren McGregor had given Ballymacarbry the lead but Mourneabbey sparkled in the closing stages in a game where Cork stars Ciara and Doireann O'Sullivan scored 2-11 between them.

"It was an incredibly tough game. It was a super game for a neutral, it wasn't easy on the sideline," said Ronayne.

Donaghmoyne reclaimed their provincial title with a 1-11 to 1-9 victory over Donegal outfit Termon yesterday, thanks to late points from teenagers Lauren Garland and Louise Kerley.

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Geraldine McLaughlin scored all of Termon's nine points. While a 42nd-minute Lucy O'Flynn goal looked like giving them the win, a Cora Courtney goal and Kerley's five points saw the Monaghan side to victory.

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The other All-Ireland senior semi-final on November 10 will be contested by Galway's Kilkerrin/Clonberne, who retained their Connacht title, and last year's runners-up, Dublin's Foxrock-Cabinteely.

Nicola Ward starred as Kilkerrin/Clonberne accounted for Roscommon's Kilbride on a 3-21 to 1-6 scoreline, while Fox-Cab ran out 4-6 to 1-7 winners over Laois' Sarsfields in their fifth Leinster senior ladies football championship title in a row.

Goals from Jodi Egan, Katie McNally, Hannah O'Neill and Aisling Murphy helped the Dublin champions to the win.

"We know Sarsfields so well and we knew it was going to be a battle," said captain Amy Connolly.

"We've played them a few times and we just knew if we got a good start we'd put ourselves into a good position just to control the game then. Thank God we did get those two early goals, because that was the difference."

Louise and Nicola Ward struck 3-3 between them as Kilkerrin/Clonberne claimed back-to-back Connacht Senior Club titles in their convincing victory in Enfield.

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