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Dominant Donaghmoyne retain their All-Ireland crown

By John Campbell

Donaghmoyne wrote their own chapter in Ulster GAA history when they retained the All-Ireland Senior Club Ladies Football title yesterday.

The Monaghan side were not unduly troubled in beating Dublin and Leinster champions Foxrock Cabinteely by 2-9 to 0-8 in a match they dominated for the most part.

With Caitriona McConnell in superb form, Donaghmoyne led by 1-7 to 0-2 at the break with McConnell registering 1-4 and when a speculative shot from Louise Kerley somehow ended up in the back of the Foxrock Cabinteely net early in the second half there was only going to be one outcome.

Amanda Casey and Niamh Callan were other players to catch the eye as Donaghmoyne reigned supreme in the closing phase of the game.

Donaghmoyne deployed their vast experience to good effect and the Dublin side experienced difficulty in piercing their defence.

The Monaghan and Ulster champions displayed levels of cohesion and penetration that kept Foxrock Cabinteely on the back foot although they did manage to look dangerous in breakaways.

Hazel Kingham and Louise Kerley repeatedly caught the eye for the winners as did Cora Courtney as the team underlined their self-belief and fluency, especially in the second period.

But there was bitter disappointment for Shane O'Neill's, Camlough who surrendered to Galway side Annaghdown in the All-Ireland Intermediate final by 1-13 to 3-5.

The Armagh champions looked to be in a comfortable position when they led at half-time by 2-3 to 0-5 but even with Aimee Mackin totting up an impressive 2-4, in the second half their defence found the pace and improvisation of the lively Annaghdown attack too much.

Mackin proved a hot handful for the Annaghdown defence throughout and with a little more luck might even have ended up with a more impressive total.

St Peter's, Warrenpoint, meanwhile, suffered a major setback in the final of the Spirit of Paul McGirr Cup final at Gardrum Park, Dromore when they lost to a rampant St Eunan's, Letterkenny side by 6-10 to 1-6.

The Warrenpoint outfit offered stout resistance in the first half during which midfield duo Eoin Carr and Ruairi McCormack did their best to chisel out possession while Sea Madden and Sean O'Hare typified the team's defensive resolve.

Michael Gallagher grabbed three goals for the Donegal side with Darragh Ellison, Conor O'Donnell and Patrick Tobin landing their other goals with O'Donnell picking off several points.

Eoin Carr's first half goal had temporarily sustained St Peter's challenge while Eoghan Byrne and Aaron McBurney snapped up points but their team's attack was stifled after the break as St Eunan's emphasised their complete dominance.

Their victory will be seen as yet another boost for Donegal at under age level this year.

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