12 December 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Donaghmoyne   0-11

Mourneabbey 0-08


Donaghmoyne returned to the top of ladies football’s pecking order after landing their fourth All-Ireland Senior Club Championship title in ten years on Sunday last in Parnell Park, Dublin.

In honouring the memory of their late Chairman Martin Daly, the Monaghan and Ulster standard bearers were full value for their 0-11 to 0-8 victory over Cork kingpins Mourneabbey.

After being battered by Storm Desmond over the previous two days, the Dublin venue was graced by perfect conditions for a match that turned out to be a brillant advertisement for the two clubs concerned and the game of ladies football itself.

This was a game that delivered just about everything with the winners finishing with just 13 players after sisters Joanne and Sharon Courtney received yellow cards inside the final ten minutes.

Even that was not to halt this wonderful side though who had player of the match Linda Martin in heroic form between the posts with three match winning saves. In front of her was a defence in no mood to give much away either while up front the attendance was treated to scores from the very top drawer.

Mourneabbey too played their part in what was a highly entertaining encounter with a very defensive display but always dangerous in attack also.

Joanne Geoghegan was given the task of tracking the dangerous Ciara O’Sullivan and on numerous occasions came out with the upper hand. Also helping out her fellow player was Hazel Kingham and despite having number three on her back the impress Kingham was also on hand to rattle over the final two decisive points of the game.

Special mention must also go to two of the younger members of the side Rosemary Courtney and Sandra McConnell who both hit a brace apiece.

The ever reliable Cathriona McConnell finished top scorer with five converted frees, two of which were outstanding but was also on hand tracking her marker Eimear Meaney to dispossess her as she bore down on Martin’s goal in the opening half. Amanda Casey was a tower of strength at …


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