Donoughmore take Ladies' title

Donoughmore (Cork) 2-16 Seneschalstown (Meath) 1-6

For the Cork girls, winning the last eight county titles on the trot proved that the quality is there. However, with this, there is also a lot of expectation. But, when it comes to shouldering such weight, look no further than captain Juliet Murphy at midfield.

Her solo runs coupled with her five points were fundamental to the win.

They Cork side led by 1-8 to 0-4 approaching half time thanks to a wonderful goal from Aisling O'Connor. But Seneschalstown's best period came two minutes before the break when their top player Fiona Mahon got in for a goal and a point to cut the arrears to a mere three points.

However, Donoughmore regrouped and shooting five unanswered points on the resumption put them back in a commanding position. It was at this stage that the tigerish Mary O'Connor made her name and her overall tally of six points (all from play) earned her the player-of-the-match award.

It was fortunate too for Donoughmore that Aisling O'Connor escaped an early scare from a leg injury as the star number 11 secured her second goal six minutes from time.

For wing back Vera Sheehan history was in the making as she claimed her second All-Ireland club medal in four weeks - earlier in the month she was victorious with her native Granagh/Ballingarry in the camogie club final.

Scorers for Donoughmore: A O'Connor 2-0, M O'Connor 0-6, J Murphy 0-5 (0-3 frees), L Murphy 0-2, S Dunlea, C O'Connell and A Barrett 0-1 each.

Seneschalstown: F Mahon 1-4, L McKeever and M Sheridan 0-1 each.

DONOUGHMORE: T Rodgers: E Walsh, E O'Sullivan, S O'Connell; V Sheehan, H Kelleher, O McSweeney; R Buckley, J Murphy (capt); A Barrett, A O'Connor, A Brennan; M O'Connor, L Murphy, S Dunlea.

Subs: C O'Connell for A O'Connor (2 mins inj), A O'Connor for C O'Connell (9 mins), C O'Connell for A Brennan (17 mins).

SENESCHALSTOWN: L Byrne: E Dillon, P Sheridan, D O'Carroll; D Mangan, E McGrane, O Sheridan; G Nulty, A O'Connell; A Carolan, F Mahon, S A Carolan; E O'Connell, M Sheridan, L McKeever (capt).

Subs: S Wogan for E Dillon (38 mins), S Heary for D O'Carroll (41 mins), C Quinn for S A Carolan (50 mins), L Carey for E O'Connell (55 mins), C Finnegan for A O'Connell (58 mins).

Referee: M Duffy (Sligo).

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