Mourneabbey 2-13 Donaghmoyne 1-10
Mourneabbey will get the chance to retain their All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Club title after a hard fought 2-13 to 1-10 home win over Monaghan's Donaghmoyne.
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 1-04 without reply, with a long-range free from Catriona McConnell somehow ending up in the Munster champions’ net.
Mourneabbey levelled things up in 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 led at the break by 1-09 to 2-03.
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 six points to spare.
Mourneabbey: D O'Sullivan 1-08 (6f), L Fitzgerald 1-00; N Healy 0-02, C O'Sullivan 0-02, K Coakley 0-01
Donaghmoyne: C McConnell 1-03 (1-01f), L Kerley 0-03 (2f), R Courtney 0-02, C Courtney 0-01, H Kingham 0-01
Mourneabbey: M O’Sullivan; A O’Sullivan, E Meaney, S Conroy; K Coakley, R O’Sullivan, E Harrington; M O’Callaghan, N O’Sullivan; C O’Sullivan, B O’Sullivan, N Healy; l Fitzgerald, D O’Sullivan, S O’Callaghan. Subs: E Jack for N O’Sullivan (36), A Ryan for Harrington (36), A Cronin for S O’Callaghan (54), A Walsh for B O’Sullivan (63)
Donaghmoyne: L Martin; J Geoghegan, F Courtney, H Kingham; J Courtney, S Courtney, E Treanor; A Finnegan, C Courtney; L Garland, R Courtney, L Kerley; A Garland, C McConnell, N Callan. Subs: A Keenan for A Garland (55), R Finnegan for L Kersley (60)
Referee: J Murphy (Carlow)