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Cora Staunton the star as Mayo girls claim final

By Damien Donnelly

Donaghmoyne 0-8 Carnacon 1-6: Mayo and Carnacon ladies football star Cora Staunton scored 1-5 as her side denied Donaghmoyne in the All-Ireland senior decider at Carrick-on-Shannon.

The Monaghan team were bidding to win back-to-back All-Ireland club championship crowns for the first time. They came close but a tally of some 16 wides proved to be costly for the holders.

Nine-time All-Star winner Staunton was a real ace up Carnacon's sleeve. She stayed cool under pressure to convert a penalty plus tagged on three points from open play and two frees. Michelle McGing got the Connacht side's other score as Carnacon crept over the winning line.

Donaghmoyne batted bravely all the way and Cathriona McConnell contributed four points to the Monaghan's team's cause.

Majella Woods sent over a point brace, with Rosemary Courtney and Niamh Callan also on target in a keenly contested encounter.

The teams shared the first half spoils on 0-3 apiece but Donaghmoyne fluffed several scoring chances.

Sharon Courtney did well in Donaghmoyne's defence and Cora Courtney was among others to perform with credit. Cora Staunton drilled home her penalty in the 37th minute, although Donaghmoyne rallied to regain parity heading for the final quarter.

In a tense finish, each team tried to gain an edge and McConnell pointed to put the Monaghan girls one ahead.

Michelle McGing, though, levelled the contest before Staunton lofted over the winning point.

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

Carnacon: M Higgns, A Loftus, N Tierney, S McGing, M Corbett, C McGing, E Flannery, C Egan, M Carter, D Hughes, M McGing(0-1), F McHale, A Brennan, C Staunton(1-5), M Corbett.

Referee: P Kehoe (Carlow).

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