Leading 0-3 to 0-1 after the first quarter, Carnacon bolstered their lead with a fine Aoife Brennan goal. And despite missing a penalty, which Cora Staunton sent wide before half-time, they still led 1-7 to 0-2.
Staunton and Ciara McDermott exchanged points upon the resumption before Staunton struck for Carnacon’s second goal for a 2-8 to 0-3 lead. After that, Na Fianna held the bulk of possession and were given some hope in the 43rd minute when Orlath Egan nipped in to touch the ball home.
Laura Walsh added another green flag but it was as close as they came.
Scorers for Carnacon: C Staunton 1-9 (0-4f), F McHale 0-3, A Brennan 1-0.
Scorers for Na Fianna: O Egan 1-2, L Walsh 1-0, A O’Donnell, C McDermott 0-1 each.
CARNACON: M Higgins; N Hurst, N Tierney, S McGing; M Corbett, C McGing, A Loftus; C Egan, M Carter; M McGing, F McHale, D Hughes; N Beegan, C Staunton, A Brennan.
NA FIANNA: S Turnbull; E Cassidy, L O’Sullivan, S Quinn; A Cushen, B O’Donnell, C O’Hara; A O’Donnell, C McDermott; M Nevin, N Doherty, L Walsh; M O’Gorman, B Finlay, O Egan.
Subs: N Stapleton for O’Gorman (26), L Collins for Cushen (40), A Nolan for Nevin (56).
Referee: MJ O’Keeffe (Cork).