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Cork make it a stunning hat-trick

Ladies Senior Final

Cork 1-10 Monaghan 1-9: Eamonn Ryan's Cork are TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football champions for the eighth time in nine seasons.

The Rebelettes completed the three-in-a-row with a gripping one-point victory over Monaghan in yesterday afternoon's decider at Croke Park.

In front of 25,103 spectators, Cork ensured that it was final heartbreak for Monaghan for the third time in six seasons.

With three minutes remaining, Valerie Mulcahy kicked the winning score with a nerveless free.

Monaghan had a chance to salvage a draw but Catriona McConnell's free, which was the last kick of the game, sailed wide into the teeth of a strong breeze from some 40 metres out.

The Farney county edged ahead with eight minutes remaining when McConnell landed a free, before inspirational midfielder Juliet Murphy banged over an inspirational equaliser from long range.

The scene was set for a grandstand finish.

Mulcahy held her nerve to convert what turned out to be the winner.

McConnell and the rest of her team-mates were left heartbroken at the death. And so Cork were left to celebrate yet another All-Ireland title.

This cements a remarkable period of dominance for the Cork team.

Scorers for Cork: V Mulcahy 1-4 (0-4f), J Murphy & N Cleary 0-2 each, G O'Flynn & Annie Walsh 0-1 each.

Scorers for Monaghan: C McConnell 0-4f, L Martin 1-0 (pen), C Mohan 0-2, L McEnaney, T McNally & C McAnespie 0-1 each.

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