Connolly hits hat-trick to sink Moville
Christ the King SS 5 Moville CC 2
MEGAN CONNOLLY hit a hat-trick yesterday to help Cork's Christ the King Girls Secondary School capture this trophy for the second time in three years.
Moville Community College from Donegal were rocked by two goals from Connolly inside the opening three minutes -- and another Irish international, Amanda Budden, headed home on 13 minutes to make it 3-0.
Sarah-Jane McDonald pulled a goal back shortly after the interval, but Laura O'Brien restored the three-goal cushion on 56 minutes.
Eight minutes later, McDonald was alert amid a goalmouth scramble to turn the ball home but any prospect of a late comeback vanished on 75 minutes as the stand-out player on the day, Connolly, completed her hat-trick.
She unleashed a blistering drive into the top corner after Sarah Geaney's cross had caused hesitancy in the Moville penalty area.
CHRIST KING (CORK) -- Nunan; Murphy (Dennehy 67), Murphy, Fox, N Connolly, Budden, Cooney, McGreevy, O'Brien (Leneghan 79), M Connolly, Geaney.
MOVILLE CC (DONEGAL) -- L McLaughlin; Henry, M McDermott, C McDermott, K McLaughlin, S McDonald (McNaught 60), Lafferty, R McLaughlin, Farren (N McDermott 55), S J McDonald, A McLaughlin (Grant 78).
Ref -- N Valentini (Dublin).