Fox-Cab come unstuck to impressive Mourneabbey at last hurdle

by Gazette Reporter
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All-Ireland LGFA SFC Final
Mourneabbey (Cork) 1-13
Foxrock Cabinteely 1-7

A strong Mourneabbey start coupled with an early sin-binning for Emma McDonagh made life tough for Foxrock-Cabinteely, as Mourneabbey went on to deliver their first ever All-Ireland Senior Ladies Club Football title on a tough evening weather-wise at Parnell Park on Saturday night.

Battling against the elements wasn’t all that Pat Ring’s charges had to do, especially during the opening half, as Mourneabbey launched attack after attack and made life tough for the South Dublin side.

It wasn’t surprising that the Cork and Munster Champions delivered a solid display in front of the posts, and led by 0-8 to 0-1 after 14 minutes.

Just two of those points coming from placed balls, as they took some excellent scores from play during this spell.

Fresh from picking up an All-Star the previous Saturday, Doireann O’Sullivan opened Mourneabbey’s account after 26 seconds, a sign of things to come from her side.

Within five minutes she had her sides third point on the board. Foxrock-Cabinteely now down to 14 players, after a sin-binning for McDonagh, following a foul on Aisling O’Sullivan.

Amy Connolly replied from a free for Foxrock Cabinteely after their first real attack, to open their account.

Foxrock’s attacking chances were limited during the opening quarter, as Mourneabbey added five points unanswered with O’Sullivan, Laura Fitzgerald and 17-year old Ellie Jack on target.

Hannah O’Neill registered the Dublin and Leinster winners, first score in 10 minutes, with a well-worked point from play, and while Amy Ring ensured back-to-back scores 11 minutes before the break, Mourneabbey gave their opponents little change.

Their captain Bríd O’Sullivan had her goal shot saved by Foxrock-Cabinteely keeper Aisling Tarpey, before O’Sullivan sisters Doireann and Ciara added three points between them to open up an eight-point margin.

Mourneabbey capitalised on a poor kick-out by Tarpey before Laura Fitzgerald bagged the only goal of the evening.

This was followed from the resulting kick-out with Fiona Claffey finishing to the top corner for Foxrock-Cabinteely, before Ciara O’Sullivan claimed her second point to ensure a 1-12 to 1-13 interval lead.

On the restart Foxrock-Cabinteely promised much, an d settled thanks to an early Sinead Goldrick score.

However, they wouldn’t score again for another 21 minutes, with defences very much on top in the second period.

Mourneabbey could have been home and hosed in the 40th minute after being twice denied of a goal by the crossbar, with Eimear Harrington and Ciara O’Sullivan both going for goal.
Harrington also missed a 44th minute penalty, losing her footing as she stepped up to take the place-kick.

Bríd O’Sullivan was sin-binned with 13 minutes remaining, but it mattered little with Mourneabbey scoring their first point of the half with 11 and a half minutes remaining.

Foxrock Cabinteely never gave up with Amy Ring taking a trio of points, all from placed balls.

This was too late for the South Dublin side, as time ran out and Mourneabbey claimed a richly deserved six-point win ensuring they became the first club to win All-Ireland Senior, Intermediate and Junior titles.

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