Mourneabbey remain on course to retain All-Ireland title

Doireann O’Sullivan scores 1-8 against Monaghan side Donaghmoyne

Mourneabbey’s  Doireann O’Sullivan  in action against Fiona Courtney of Donaghmoyne during the All-Ireland Ladies Senior Club Football Championship semi-final  at Clyda Rovers GAA Club in Mourneabbey, Co Cork. Photograph: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Mourneabbey’s Doireann O’Sullivan in action against Fiona Courtney of Donaghmoyne during the All-Ireland Ladies Senior Club Football Championship semi-final at Clyda Rovers GAA Club in Mourneabbey, Co Cork. Photograph: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

 

Mourneabbey (Cork) 2-13 Donaghmoyne (Monaghan) 1-10

Mourneabbey will get the chance to retain their All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Club title after a hard-fought win over Monaghan’s Donaghmoyne in Mourneabbey on Sunday afternoon.

Goals from Laura Fitzgerald and Doireann O’Sullivan in the first half kept the All-Ireland champions in touch and they kicked on in the closing stages to claim a spot in the final for the third year in a row.

Mourneabbey got off to a dream start with a goal from Fitzgerald inside two minutes. Brilliant work from Doireann O’Sullivan and Noelle Healy set the corner forward in on goal and Fitzgerald finished in style.

A point from Doireann O’Sullivan followed moments later before the Monaghan side got going with a tasty score from corner back Hazel Kingham.

Mourneabbey responded with a point from Doireann O’Sullivan but for the next 12 minutes the visitors took control, landing 1-4 without reply – the goal coming after a long-range free from Catriona McConnell which somehow found its way to the Munster champions’ net.

Mourneabbey levelled things up on the 26th minute with another goal, this time from the ever dangerous Doireann O’Sullivan. However, Donaghmoyne showed just why they are one of the top sides in the country as they bagged three points in three minutes to again lead by three. Ciara O’Sullivan scored a late point for Mourneabbey but Donaghmoyne would lead at the break by 1-9 to 2-3.

The second half was dominated by the home side as they battled to keep the ball in hand and with the expertise of Doireann and Ciara O’Sullivan and a dogged defensive pack they were able to seal the deal with all of six points to spare.

MOURNEABBEY: M O’Sullivan; A O’Sullivan, E Meaney, S Conroy; K Coakley (0-1), R O’Sullivan, E Harrington; M O’Callaghan, N O’Sullivan; C O’Sullivan (0-2), B O’Sullivan, N Healy (0-2); l Fitzgerald (1-0), D O’Sullivan (1-8, six frees), S O’Callaghan.

Subs: E Jack for N O’Sullivan, A Ryan for Harrington (both 36 mins), A Cronin for S O’Callaghan (54), A Walsh for B O’Sullivan (63).

DONAGHMOYNE: L Martin; J Geoghegan, F Courtney, H Kingham (0-1); J Courtney, S Courtney, E Treanor; A Finnegan, C Courtney (0-1); L Garland, R Courtney (0-2), L Kerley (0-3, two frees); A Garland, C McConnell (1-3, 1-1 frees), N Callan.

Subs: A Keenan for A Garland (55 mins), R Finnegan for L Kersley (60).

Referee: J Murphy (Carlow).

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.