Catriona McConnell magic seals the deal for Donaghmoyne

Donaghmoyne (Monaghan) 2-9 Foxrock-Cabinteely (Dublin) 0-8: Catriona McConnell led the charge as Donaghmoyne won back-to-back All-Ireland ladies senior club football titles for the first time at Parnell Park yesterday.
Catriona McConnell magic seals the deal for Donaghmoyne

A dominant first-half display provided the platform for victory against Dublin’s Foxrock-Cabinteely and McConnell, who took a year out from inter-county fare with Monaghan in 2016, finished with an impressive 1-5.

The Monaghan girls stormed from the traps with Cora Courtney’s second-minute point handing them an early advantage.

Approaching half-time Donaghmoyne were 10 points clear, leading by 1-7 to 0-0, and this final looked done and dusted.

McConnell was the star of the show and her 13th-minute goal fired Donaghmoyne into a 1-4 to 0-0 lead.

It was a first half to forget for the Dublin champions. Amy Connolly drove an early goal chance wide before Amy Ring forced a fine save fromLinda Martin, player of the match in last year’s final, with Connolly off-target on the follow-up.

Ten minutes before half-time, Ring missed a close-in free as Foxrock-Cab became increasingly desperate in their quest for a score.

They thought they had it when Niamh Ryan’s shot was waved over by an umpire but that effort was subsequently ruled out.

Foxrock-Cab eventually broke their duck when Anne-Marie Murphy pointed with two and a half minutes left in the first half but Ring limped off with a hamstring problem before Connolly had their second point.

And things went from bad to worse for Foxrock- Cabinteely when McConnell’s delivery was dropped by Laurie Ahern and Louise Kerley pounced for Donaghmoyne’s second goal. Foxrock-Cab did reel off the next four scores of the game — all of them from Amy Connolly but Niamh Callan’s 48th minute point steadied for the winners who now draw level with Mayo’s Carnacon on the all-time roll of honour.

Meanwhile Rachel King produced a scintillating display as Galway outfit Annaghdown were crowned All-Ireland intermediate club football champions. King scored 1-4 from play as they overturned a five-point first half deficit to see off Armagh’s Shane O’Neill’s by 1-13 to 3-5.

Scorers for Donaghmoyne:

C McConnell 1-5 (0-2f), L Kerley 1-1, A Casey, C Courtney & N Callan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Foxrock-Cabinteely:

A Connolly 0-5 (3f), A.M. Murphy 0-2, C Murphy 0-1.

DONAGHMOYNE:

L Martin; J Geoghegan, F Courtney, Á McElroy; H Kingham, S Courtney, J Courtney; A Casey, C Courtney; C McConnell, E McElroy, R Courtney; L Kerley, N Callan, A Keenan.

Subs:

L Garland for Kingham (39), S McConnell for Á McElroy (47), R Finnegan for Keenan (55), G Comiskey for Kerley (59).

FOXROCK-CABINTEELY:

L Ahern; E McDonagh, N Collins, S Delahunty; S Goldrick, C Ní Mhurchadh, L Fusciardi; S Brophy, L Nerney; C O’Riordan, A.M. Murphy, N Ryan; A Ring, F Claffey, A Connolly.

Subs:

H O’Neill for Ring (28), C Crotty for Delahunty (36), C Murphy for O’Riordan (46), T O’Sullivan for McDonagh (47), E O’Herlihy for Nerney (56).

Referee:

G Carmody (Mayo).

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