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Ladies All-Ireland Football Final

By Damien Donnelly

Termon 1-4 Donaghmoyne 4-14: Ulster ladies club senior title holders Donaghmoyne delivered a stirring second-half show to retain their crown over Termon at Trillick.

The All-Ireland champions had required two late Cathriona McConnell points seven days previously to force a draw with the Donegal girls, but they made no mistake this time.

Termon were still in touch at half-time on 1-5 to 1-2 down, Geraldine McLaughlin netting following an early goal from Donaghmoyne's Majella Woods.

Cathriona McConnell, Cora Courtney, influential captain Woods and Niamh Callan were among the Donaghmoyne players to supply points once play resumed.

The holders played ten minutes after half-time minus one following Fiona Lafferty's yellow card sit-out but the match was clearly turning their way. Amanda Casey, Eileen McElroy and McConnell later tagged on major scores for a convincing success.

Grainne McDaid and Maureen O'Donnell notched consolation scores for Termon who were left to reflect on getting so close to victory in the drawn game.

Donaghmoyne meet Munster champions The Banner from Clare next month in the All-Ireland semi-final as they chase the chance to make it back-to-back national titles.

Donaghmoyne: L Martin, J Geoghegan, F Courtney, H Kingham, L Kingham, S Courtney, J Courtney, A Casey(1-0), C Courtney(0-2), E McElroy(1-0), N Callan(0-1), F Lafferty(0-1), C McConnell(1-5), M Woods(1-4), R Courtney(0-1).

Termon: L Gallagher, M McFadden, N Friel, R Friel, G McDaid(0-1), P McCafferty, E Gallagher, T McCafferty, R McCafferty, M Carr, O McCafferty, N McLaughlin, M O'Donnnell(0-2), S McLaughlin, G McLaughlin(1-1).

Referee: G Corrigan (Down).

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