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No dream farewell for Kinawley star Doonan

Joanne Doonan
Joanne Doonan

By Paddy Hunter

There was no happy send-off for Fermanagh's Joanne Doonan, who is off to Australian Rules, as St Paul's bridged a 10-year gap to claim the Ulster intermediate club title with a 3-11 to 1-12 win over Kinawley on Saturday.

The Erne captain will join Carlton Blues next week and had hoped to sign off at home with the Ulster crown.

The Belfast side, though, were in no mood to join that party with veteran Mairead Cooper hitting 1-1 in extra-time to collect her second Ulster title.

Kinawley had been impressive early on, Doonan with their goal in the first half, but they conceded two goals themselves with Fionnula Rocks and Kirsty McGuinness on target for Brian Coyle's side. It was score for score before Doonan fired over a dramatic equaliser that took the game to extra-time.

A low-scoring first period had St Paul's two ahead before Cooper bagged 1-1 to ease her side to the title.

Delighted winning manager Coyle said: "It has been a very long time coming for these girls, I think our captain was 14 the last time we won the title."

Tyrone side Edendork took the honours in yesterday's junior final at Killyclogher.

Maeve Maxwell hit 3-8 as her team ran out 19-point winners over Donegal side Naomh Muire.

The Tyrone side hit 4-3 in the final 10 minutes to run away with the game, Maxwell completing her hat-trick with the last play.

Even though Edendork led by six at the break, both sides had spells of dominance until Kathleen Rafferty's goal on 51 minutes nudged the Tyrone girls clear as it finished 6-11 to 2-4.

The senior final at Killyclogher was decided late on as Louise Kerley and Lauren Gartland points edged a gripping contest the way of Donaghmoyne, who beat Termon 1-11 to 1-9.

The Monaghan side led by four points after seven minutes but, inspired by Geraldine McLaughlin, Termon had taken the lead late in the half. Kerley and McLaughlin had exchanged late points before player of the match Cora Courtney palmed home a goal.

Termon rallied in the second half, but a late yellow card for Shannon McLaughlin gave Donaghmoyne the edge before those two late points.

Veteran midfielder Courtney was delighted to get over the line and said: "It was tough. Termon really put it up to us and at one stage I felt we were gone.

"We will refocus and reset now. We only looked at the Ulster campaign, we didn't look past Termon.

"Going forward, I know we have a lot to improve on. That sort of performance won't do. I suppose we only had the one game in Ulster against Bredagh, other teams had a couple of games.

"We haven't played a game in Monaghan now for several months too so that game will help us."

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