Termon are All-Ireland Ladies Comórtas champions once more following yesterday’s All-Ireland final victory over An Fhairce from Galway.
An Fhairce 2-10
Former county ace Maureen O’Donnell rolled back the years to turn in a vintage performance at full-forward and Roisin Friel scored three of the goals and Shannon McGroddy the fourth goal for the champions.
Termon had title number five all but wrapped up at half-time as they led 1-11 to 0-5 with O’Donnell and Roisin McCafferty posting the bulk of the points and Friel netting the half’s only goal.
And with Friel finding the net twice in quick succession early in the second half, the game was well and truly over as a contest when Shannon McGroddy got in on the goal scoring act at the end of the third quarter.
And while Termon eased up in the closing minutes the Galway champions did add a few late points and a goal deep in injury time to add a touch of respectability to the final margin.
Termon: L Gallagher; O McCafferty, N Friel, L McElwaine; G McCafferty, T McCafferty,P McCafferty; S McGroddy (1-2), S McLaughlin; A Gallagher, R Friel (3-1), L O’Flynn (0-1); R McCafferty (0-2), M O’Donnell (0-8), E Gallagher (0-1). Subs: D Kelly for A Gallagher; J Lee Murray for L O’Flynn; S Kelly for P McCafferty.
Donegal powered Moin Déarg deny Naomh Columba
Naomh Columba’s bid for a place in the men’s junior final was dashed by a Donegal powered Moindearg from London, in the junior championship semi-final in Moycullen.
Moin Dearg 3-7
Naomh Columba 1-10
The Donegal champions, who defeated Laoch Loch Laoi, Belfast, in a hard fought quarter final by three points, 2-13 to 2-10, on Saturday, enterted yesterday’s last four clash as firm favourites. But the Exiles upset the odds with Downings’ man Gary ‘Ban’ McClafferty, Naomh McColumba’s main tormentor. McClafferty turned in a man of the match performance at full-forward with a personal tally of 3-3, two of the goals scored from the penalty spot.
He was one of six Donegal men that featured for the Londoners who are managed by former MacCumhaills player Andrew Bonner. The others were Shea Coyle, Danny McBride and James Friel, Downings, MacCumhaills pair of Darren McGowan and John Lynch. McGowan also got his name on the scoreboard with a late point as Moin Dearg pulled away in the closing minutes.
Naomh Columba played with a strong breeze in the first half and raced into an early 1-2 to 0-0 lead on ten minutes. Philip Doherty raiding from wing back scored the first point and Oisin McGinley quickly added a goal followed by a well struck point.
But the men from the south west were rocked for the first time when McClafferty, struck twice in the space of a couple of minutes to crack home two of his goals, the second from the penalty spot propelled the Londoners into the lead for the first time 2-1 to 1-2.
Naomh Columba recovered to be level, 1-5 to 2-2, at half-time and they looked to be on their way to the final when they led 1-9 to 2-3 with a little over ten minutes remaining. But McClafferty struck again for a third goal - from the penalty spot - and to cap a super performance he added two more points before McGowan clinched the win deep in stoppage time. Moin Dearg will play Aran Islands from Galway, in today’s final, throw-in 2 pm.
Naomh Columba: S O’Gara; K Cunningham, M Cunningham, B Carr; C Byrne, K McNern (0-1), P Doherty (0-1); A O’Gara (0-1), P Byrne (0-1); R McNern, P Cunningham, C McBrearty (0-1); P McNern, D McGuire (0-1), O McGinley (1-3). Subs: N McGinley (0-1) for R McNern; J J McGinley for P Cunningham; S Jones for C Byrne.