Fitzgerald haul vital for Cork champs

Carnacon and Mourneabbey will contest the All-Ireland ladies senior club football final at Parnell Park on December 3.

Carnacon's Martha Carter gets away from St Macartan's Lynda Donnelly.

Mayo outfit Carnacon and Cork’s Mourneabbey came through their respective semi-finals over the weekend, to set up an intriguing decider.

Mourneabbey needed extra-time at Bray Emmets on Saturday, before seeing off the challenge of Dublin outfit Foxrock-Cabinteely.

Laura Fitzgerald scored 2-3 and the O’Sullivan sisters, Ciara and Doireann, bagged 1-1 apiece as Mourneabbey advanced 4-5 to 0-15.

The sides were level at the end of the regulation hour at 3-4 to 0-13, as Amy Ring’s late free for Fox-Cab took the game into extra-time.

But last year’s beaten finalists Fox-Cab were undone by a goal from Fitzgerald, as 2014 and 2015 runners-up Mourneabbey progressed to a third final in four years.

Their opponents will be Carnacon, who scored a comfortable 3-14 to 0-8 victory over St Macartan’s yesterday.

Australia-bound Cora Staunton scored 1-7 as the five-time winners Carnacon booked their place in a first final since 2013.

Carnacon had big performances from Amy Dowling and Fiona McHale against a St Macartan’s side managed by former Tyrone All-Ireland winner Ryan McMenamin.

In front of a big home crowd at Fr Hackett Park in Augher, St Macs were outclassed but they will rue a first-half tally of eight wides.

At half-time, Carnacon led 1-6 to 0-3 and the goal from McHale in the 16th minute was a brilliant solo effort.

The second Carnacon goal arrived in the 36th minute, as a long-range free from Staunton found the net, before Dowling registered their third six minutes later.

From there until the finish it was simply a matter of keeping the scoreboard ticking over for Carnacon, as their goalkeeper Michelle Higgins preserved a ‘clean sheet’ with an excellent late save to keep out Lynda Donnelly.

It was an excellent weekend for Cork clubs, as last year’s beaten junior finalists Kinsale booked a place in the intermediate final, while Aghada progressed to a junior decider.

On home soil, Kinsale ran out 0-18 to 2-11 winners against Galway outfit Maigh Cuilinn with All-Star Orla Finn hitting eight points.

There were also three-point hauls for All-Ireland minor winner Sadhbh O’Leary and underage star Faye Ahern.

Evvie Ní Leamhná netted in the first half for Maigh Cuilinn but Kinsale were 0-12 to 1-5 ahead at the break.

Kinsale looked comfortable when Faye Ahern’s third point made it 0-18 to 1-9 in the first minute of additional-time but Maigh Cuilinn rallied with points from Áine Ní Dhonnchadha and Molly Ní Eidhín, before Ní Dhonnchadha found the net. But Kinsale hung on and their final opponents will be Meath outfit Dunboyne, who ran out 3-18 to 1-3 winners on their visit to Monaghan club Latton O’Rahilly.

Fiona O’Neill, Vikki Wall and Alison Jones scored the Dunboyne goals, as Emilie Culleton netted for Latton.

Meanwhile, Aghada’s junior final opponents will be Corduff of Monaghan, who were 4-8 to 2-10 winners at home to Dublin outfit Cuala.

Barbara Ward’s late goal proved decisive as Corduff claimed a memorable win.

Louise Byrne, Emma Conlon and Elena McEnaney scored the other Corduff goals but Sinead Wylde, who scored two goals, netted late on to make things interesting.

Cuala had come from five points down to draw level but Ward’s goal eased Corduff nerves.

At Tuam Stadium, visitors Aghada scored three first-half goals and they paved the way for a 3-12 to 1-7 victory over Tuam/Cortoon.

Amanda Bennett, Aileen McGrath and Hannah Looney netted for Aghada, who led by 3-5 to 0-5 at the break.

Ciara Moloney scored a second-half goal for Tuam/Cortoon, but Aghada ran out deserved winners to ensure that Cork will be represented in the junior, intermediate and senior deciders in a fortnight.



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