Milford were bidding to reach the decider for the third year in succession but Leona Monaghan gave Mullagh a dream start with a goal after 31 seconds. Milford responded in the manner of champions with four points in a row from Anna Geary, Emer Watson (two) and Marie O’Neill to lead.
Rachel Monaghan slotted points for Mullagh but with Watson replying, Milford looked to be in command at the break, leading 0-8 to 1-2.
Remarkably though, they only managed one point in the second half as Mullagh stormed to the line
Rachel Monaghan’s goal had the sides level before points from Cathy Bowes and Rachel Monaghan secured victory for the Galway champions.
Victory secures a place in the All-Ireland final but their opponents are yet to be decided as the other semi-final between Oulart The Ballagh and Loughgiel Shamrocks was postponed.
There was better news for Munster in the intermediate grade, as Lismore held on for a 1-14 to 1-12 win over Galway’s Oranmore/Maree to set up a final meeting with Piltown who beat Clonduff 3-5 to 0-6.
Caitriona McGlone was the hat-trick hero in last year’s replayed All-Ireland and her ninth-minute goal gave Lismore an early edge. Lismore were reduced to 14 when Aoife Houlihan was red-carded two minutes into the second half. Oranmore/Maree kept chipping away but points from Aisling O’Brien, Nicola Morrissey and Shona Curran saw Lismore hold out.