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Cathriona McConnell caps great weekend with a win

It turned out to be an afternoon of mixed fortunes for Ulster teams in All-Ireland ladies club semi-finals yesterday.

Reigning All-Ireland senior champions Donaghmoyne from Monaghan were in Co Clare for a semi-final meeting with The Banner. It looked a tough assignment on paper but the holders powered to an impressive win by 2-16 to 0-8.

First half goals courtesy of Niamh Callan and Cathriona McConnell helped pave the way for Donaghmoyne who headed for the interval well in command on 2-9 to 0-5.

McConnell continued her great form with a nine-point haul to complement her goal, Callen and Majella Woods also among the point providers for the Monaghan team.

Niamh O'Dea and Louise Keane kept plugging away for the Clare girls who did create some good goal chances but they failed to take them.

Donaghmoyne's victory and Cathriona McConnell's 1-9 contribution completed a great weekend for McConnell who was named the Ulster GAA Writers Ladies Player-of-the-Year at Friday's Writer's Gala in Bundoran.

Derry and Ulster champions Watty Graham's from Glen, meanwhile, headed down to Dublin where Thomas Davis provided stern opposition in the All-Ireland intermediate club semi-final.

It proved to be a bridge too far for the brave Glen girls as they came up against a Thomas Davis side that have been in clinical form all through the season.

The Dublin team ran out convincing 3-15 to 0-14 winners but Watty Graham's can still hold their heads up high following a super year that yielded Derry and Ulster titles.

Glen's Caoimhe Moran, Sarah Kerr and company gave it their all but Thomas Davis carried too much attacking spark on the day.

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