Emmet Óg (Monaghan) 4-10 Dunedin Connollys (Scotland) 1-9
By Alan Gunn
GOALS win games and Emmet Óg’s four majors were the difference as the Monaghan and Ulster champions booked their place in next month’s All-Ireland intermediate club final.
Ellen McCarron was in inspirational form (the Monaghan star finishing with 2-3), and Chloe McBride netted the other two goals, as Emmet Óg took control in the second half of a thoroughly entertaining game in front of a big crowd in Aghabog on Saturday afternoon.
British champions Dunedin Connolly, based in Edinburgh, were still in the game at half-time but an unanswered 1-5 from the home side in the third quarter opened up an insurmountable gap, 3-9 to 0-8, that they just could not chase down.
Two goals in the final minutes of the first half from McBride and McCarron gave Emmet Óg a 2-3 to 0-6 half-time lead.
The home side found themselves 0-4 to 0-1 down after the first quarter, a run from Connollys that included a brace from Susan O’Sullivan, but the visitors were dealt a blow on 22 minutes when captain and Donegal native Karen Feeney was sin-binned.
Mairead Vaughan did stretch the Dunedin lead out to three, 0-6 to 0-3, in the 27th minute but the game turned approaching the break.
In a frenetic finish to the half, Emmet Óg pounced for two superb goals, the first from McBride to level proceedings and right on half-time one from McCarron to give her side a crucial three-point interval cushion.
Laura Boylan stretched it out to four immediately after the restart before Dunedin cut Emmet Óg’s lead back to two, 2-4 to 0-8.
A ten-minute purple patch followed for Emmet Óg, as McCarron contributed 1-2 in a spell that saw her side register 1-5 without reply.
Susan O’Sullivan did grab a goal for the visitors when she reacted quickest to fire to the back of the net after Caoilfhionn Deeney’s free crashed off the crossbar – and she followed it up with a point to reduce the deficit to six.
But McBride made sure it was going to be Emmet Óg’s day with their fourth goal in stoppage time, to put the icing on the cake.
Emmet Óg will take on Clontarf from Dublin or Galway outfit St Brendan’s in the All-Ireland Intermediate Club Final on December 8.
Scorers for Emmet Óg – E McCarron 2-3, (0-1f), C McBride 2-1, L Boylan 0-5 (0-3f), B Tierney 0-1
Scorers for Dunedin Connollys – S O’Sullivan 1-3, M Vaughan 0-3, K Feeney, C Deeney, R Heeney (0-1f) 0-1 each
Emmet Óg – D Morgan; R Hughes; A McQuaid, K Nolan; N Rooney, M McCaville, A Newell; M Monaghan, E Daly; E Leonard, E McCarron, B Tierney; F Monaghan, L Boylan, C McBride.
Subs – M Newell for Leonard (50), C McMenamin for Nolan (61)
Dunedin Connollys – S Loftus; E Hutson, S McEvoy, A Rogerson; K Reidy, J McCormick, E Kelly; R Heeney, M Crowley; K Feeney, S O’Sullivan, M Harper; A.M. Leen, C Deeney, M Vaughan
Subs – L Sinnott for Vaughan (51)
Ref – B Rice (Down)