Staunton runs riot as Mayo champions set up dream final

CARNACON and Inch Rovers will meet in the All-Ireland Club senior championship final for the third time in four years after semi-finals wins yesterday.

Cora Staunton scored 1-14 as Carnacon secured a 2-16 to 2-6 win away to Timahoe of Laois. The Mayo champions, All-Ireland winners in 2007 and ‘08 were always in control and led 0-11 to 1-2 at half-time with Mary Casey scoring Timahoe’s goal. Green flags for Staunton and Martha Carter killed off any hopes of a Timahoe revival though Maggie Murphy had a late consolation goal for the Laois girls.

Cork’s Inch Rovers, who were defeated by Carnacon in both of those deciders, also won despite having to make the long journey to Termon of Donegal. Inch led by 0-9 to 1-3 after playing with the wind in the first half, Mary O’Connor scoring the bulk of their points, though Roisin Friel’s penalty ensured that Termon were still in contention.

A Sarah Harrington goal for Inch gave them a six-points lead early in the second half and though Termon, aided by a goal from Geraldine McLoughlin, cut that gap to two points, a late Jill Horan goal helped Inch to a 2-12 to 2-9 win.

St Conleth’s of Laois face West Clare Gaels in the intermediate final after they were victorious in their semi-finals over the weekend, while St Enda’s (Tyrone) meet Galway’s Caltra Cuans in the junior decider.

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