Reigning champions Donaghmoyne will face Foxrock-Cabinteely in this year’s All-Ireland ladies senior club football final on Sunday 4 December at Parnell Park.
Monaghan champions Donaghmoyne had to call on all their resolve and expertise to overcome Cork’s Mourneabbey by 1-08 to 1-06 in Fontenoy Park in a nail-biting and high quality encounter that in the end was decided by late points from Catriona McConnell and Cora Courtney.
Mourneabbey’s loss was their third successive defeat to Ulster opposition after losing out in last year’s final to Donaghmoyne and to Donegal outfit Termon in 2014.
The visitors had led by 1-04 to 0-05 at the break, with Mourneabbey captain Brid O’Sullivan’s goal their only score from play in the first half.
Donaghmoyne got a dream start to the second half, with last year’s final hero Hazel Kingham finding the net when her lobbing effort was misjudged by Meabh O’Sullivan in the Mourneabbey goal.
Fiona and Sharon Courtney were both sin-binned for Donaghmoyne but the Monaghan side held their nerve to earn a place in December’s final.
Ciara O’Riodan and Anne-Marie Murphy of Foxrock Cabinteely celebrate with friends and family after the LGFA All Ireland SFC semi-final. pic.twitter.com/lWotMcCZai— Sportsfile (@sportsfile) November 20, 2016
A sensational two-goal flurry in as many minutes helped Foxrock-Cabinteely to a shock 4-09 to 2-11 win over Mayo powerhouse Carnacon at Bray Emmets.
Dublin All Star Sinead Goldrick had levelled the game at 2-08 apiece in the 22nd minute when Foxrock-Cabinteely lost Lorna Fusciardi to the sin-bin.
That immediately tipped the balance towards five-time All-Ireland champions Carnacon, featuring five Mayo seniors, including Cora Staunton, Fiona McHale, Martha Carter and Amy Dowling.
But the two-in-a-row Leinster champions produced a fantastic response, immediately scoring two goals despite their numerical disadvantage.
A brilliant through ball from Amy Connolly put Amy Ring through for the first and, within a minute, Ring turned provider, crossing a ball for Anne-Marie Murphy to fist to the net to give them a five-point lead.
Amy Connolly and Laura Nerney scored Foxrock-Cabinteely’s other goals, while Foxrock-Cabinteely’s majors came from Staunton and Dowling.
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