Champions Carnacon defeated by Donoughmore.

Cork Double in All-Ireland Club semi-Finals.

Another glorious chapter in Cork ladies football was enacted
in Cork and Galway on Sunday, when both Cork Clubs in action
in the AIB club All-Ireland semi-finals triumphed. Both
victories were achieved in totally contrasting ways, the
third member of Cork’s winning Munster treble, will have
to wait a while. The Naomh Abán – Kilmovee game, was called
off, pending the outcome of the objection lodged by Glen
of Derry to Naomh Abán’s one point defeat of them.

Senior semi-Final. Donoughmore 0-7 Carnacon 0-4.

In a tough uncompromising game, where no quarter was asked
or given, Donoughmore ground out a 3 point win over the
holders Carnacon. It was a dour but always exciting game
, the swirling cross wind made conditions very difficult
but the closeness of the scores all through kept the good
sized attendance on their toes, for the duration of the
game. Donoughmore led at the break on a score line of 3
points to a solitary point from Carnacon, which came from
Michelle McGing in the 11th minute. Donoughmore missed a
few gilt edged chances, one early in the game when Capt
Julie Murphy who had a fabulous game was clean through on
goal and with just the keeper to beat, her rising shot was
somehow tipped out by the Carnacon keeper Caroline Brennan.

The usually reliable Mary O’Connor scorer in chief in all
the matches to date was off target a few times before she
opened Donoughmor’e account with a point in the 22nd minute.
This was followed a minute later by another from Louise
Murphy and a 3rd on 25 minuses by Julie Murphy from a free
when the mayo girls were penalised for a too short kick

The Carnacon Team
The Donoughmore Team

The swirling wind did neither side any favours
and tactics played a major role, Donoughmore seemed to be
better organised and more cohesive, but their usual continuos
concentrated attacking, was cancelled out in the first half
by Cornacon’s hard tackling defence. Clare Egan won a, lot
of possession also and with Martha Carter, they were a match
for Donoughmore’s much vaunted paring of Juliet Murphy and
Rena Buckley.

Things were much different fo the opening 10 minutes of
the 2nd half. The Donoughmore centre field pairing began
to dominate and Donoughmore made things very difficult for
Carnacon by scoring points in the 2nd Julie Murphy Free,
the 4th minute through Aisling O’Connor and in the 6th by
Aisling Barrett gave them a comfortable 5 point cushion.

Champions die hard and Carnacon upped the tempo and attacked
relentlessly, they were limited to 3 points from Cora Staunton
11th minute, Michelle McGing 14th minute and Joyce 0’Hara
20th minute reducing the gap to 2 points, with 10 minutes
to go.

Donoughmore showed admirable qualities in defence particularly
the full line of Edel 0’Sullivan, Eimear Walsh and Srarah
O’Connell and Vera Sheehan also played a stormer all through.
Julie Murphy added another point in the 22nd minute Carnacon
attacked with purpose but were held at bay, then with 5
minutes to go the Mayo girls lost their star player Cora
Staunton, who was red carded with Rose Cogan when they were
involved in a scuffle. It was unfortunate and a bit harsh
that both were red carded because it left a sour taste in
a game that was played for the main part, in a fine sporting
manner. There was no further scores and Donoughmore held
out for a famous win, to the delight of their huge home

Scores: Julie Murphy 0-3 Frees, Aisling O’Connor,
0-1, Aisling Barrett 0-1, Louise Murphy 0-1, Mary O’Connor
0-1. Carnacon: Michelle McGing 0-2, Cora Staunton
0-1. Joyce O’Hara 0-1.

They now meet Seneschalstown of Meath in the final they
defeated Knockbride of Cavan in the other Semi-final 3-17
to 2-4

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