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Fermanagh agony as Tipp's late strike earns place in final

By Damien Donnelly

Fermanagh ladies will be wondering for some time just how Tipperary deprived them of a place in this year's All-Ireland intermediate championship decider.

The Erne girls were eight points up in the semi-final with 15 minutes to go at Semple Stadium but a storming finish to the match from their Munster opponents turned the match on its head.

Tipperary ended up winning by a single point as Niamh Lonergan landed the deciding point with only barely seconds to go.

It had all been going so well for Fermanagh who took command of the tie early on and looked to have one foot in the final until the script dramatically altered.

Ashling Moane claimed a first half goal for Fermanagh and Caroline Little supplied some well-judged points as the Ulster girls chalked up an interval advantage of 1-5 to 0-3. Little then netted a super second half goal for the Ulster champions who were firmly in the box seat at 2-7 to 0-5 ahead.

The picture began to change, however, after Mairead Morrisey rattled in a Tipperary goal that supplied the spark to ignite the Munster team's rousing revival.

Edel Hanley, (0-2), and Niamh Lonergan pointed for Tipperary, with Little replying but then a Claire Carroll goal levelled it.

Fermanagh tried to respond but Lonergan came up with her very late point that plunged the Erne camp into despair.

Monaghan, meanwhile, occupied the role of interested onlookers as Kerry met Cork at Semple Stadium for the right to take on the Ulster county in the senior showpiece later this month.

Cork defeated their Munster counterparts by four points (2-9 to 0-11) as they made it into yet another final at Croke Park on September 29th. Cavan meet Tipperary in the intermediate final that day too.

Fermanagh Scorers: C Little 1-5, A Moane 1-1, S Hamilton 0-1, S Little 0-1

Tipperary Scorers: E Hanley 0-4, M Morrisey 1-1, N Lonergan 0-3, C Carroll 1-0, S Carew 0-1

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