CUP SUCCESS GIVES THE FANS PLENTY OF REASON TO CELEBRATE

12 December 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Donaghmoyne ladies, Scotstown and St Macartan’s College took some late-2015 silverware back to County Monaghan last week. by COLM SHALVEY

Donaghmoyne claimed a fourth All-Ireland Ladies Club SFC title with a hard-earned win over Mourneabbey at Parnell Park on Sunday.

Donaghmoyne took a while to get into their stride, trailing by 0-3 to 0-1 after a scrappy opening 20 minutes, and even a burst of three unanswered points wasn’t enough for them to avoid going in a point down at half-time. Donaghmoyne had All-Star goalkeeper Linda Martin to thank for making a couple of important saves in that first half and she later made another crucial stop inside the last ten minutes.

A brace of excellent frees by Cathriona McConnell got Donaghmoyne up and running in the second half, but after she had seen another couple of chances go a-begging in a sustained spell of dominance for the eventual winners, Mourneabbey rallied to go a point up. Donaghmoyne showed all their experience, however, to kick the last four points of the game – one each for Cathriona and Sandra McConnell and a superb brace by number-three Hazel Kingham – to inflict more heartbreak on their Cork opponents, who had lost to Donegal’s Termon in last year’s final.

Donaghmoyne dedicated this latest win to long-serving club volunteer Martin Daly, who passed away in June. Their captain Eileen McElroy said in the run-up to the final that the 13-in-a-row Monaghan champions were “playing every match for (Martin); that’s been our main driving force this year”. A first All-Ireland win since 2012, in Donaghmoyne’s sixth decider, was certainly a fitting tribute to Daly, who had been chairman of the club for over a decade.

Donaghmoyne’s minor boys are in Ulster Club action this Sunday at the St. Paul’s …

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