Dublin champions Fox-Cab hit last-gasp goal to book their place in All-Ireland final

Foxrock-Cabinteely (Dublin) 2-08
Donaghmoyne (Monaghan) 1-08

Aisling Clery reports from Bray Emmets

SUBSTITUTE ROISIN MCGOVERN proved the match-winner for Foxrock-Cabinteely as her late, late goal sent the Dublin and Leinster champions into their first All-Ireland Senior Ladies Club Football Final since 2016.

In a dramatic finish at Bray Emmets, the sides were level at 1-8 each when Donaghmoyne’s Cathriona McConnell was off-target with a free.

Fox-Cab swept to the other end of the pitch and McGovern fisted home a famous goal to send Pat Ring and Peter Clarke’s charges through to a final clash with Mourneabbey on 8 December.

There had been little to separate the sides in the opening half as they were level three times.

An early goal for Fox-Cab skipper Amy Ring and an injury to Hazel Kingham put pressure on five-time winners Donaghmoyne but they responded admirably, a brace of points for Amy Garland and the exceptional free-taking of Cathriona McConnell keeping them in touch.

Two unanswered points from Fiona Claffey and Laura Nerney pushed Fox-Cab into the lead but Garland and McConnell drew it level once more. Donaghmoyne finished the half the happier, skipper Cora Courtney’s goal leaving them two ahead at the break, 1-6 to 1-4.

An Amy Connolly point early in the second half left just one between the sides but scores were at a premium as the wides tally began to stack up for both sides.

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The game was end to end with both Aisling Tarpey and Linda Martin called into action and their top class saves ensured a nervy second half.

Converted frees from McConnell and Louise Kerley pushed the Monaghan side into a three-point lead.

An Amy Ring free and a super score from substitute Jodi Egan left them just one behind. Ring was every inch the captain as she drew the sides level.

A yellow card for Rosemary Courtney late on was a devastating blow for Donaghmoyne and with extra time looking like a distinct possibility, Donaghmoyne missed the free that, if converted, would surely have sent them through.

When play resumed, Fox-Cab worked the ball to substitute McGovern, and she punched to the net with aplomb, to the delight of her team mates.

After suffering an All-Ireland semi-final loss to Donaghmoyne in 2015 – and a final defeat against the same opposition two years ago – this was a sweet victory for Fox-Cab.

And with Mourneabbey providing the opposition on December 8, there will be a new name on the Dolores Tyrrell Memorial Cup – as neither team has won the All-Ireland Senior title previously.

Foxrock Cabinteely Scorers: A Ring 1-4 (1f), R McGovern (1-0), L Nerney, (0-1), A Connolly (0-1), F Claffey (0-1), J Egan (0-1)

Donaghmoyne Scorers: C. McConnell (0-03, 3f), C. Courtney (1-00), A. Garland (0-02), N. Callan (0-01), S. McConnell (0-01), L. Kerley (0-01, 1f)

Foxrock Cabinteely: A Tarpey, A Murray, S Quinn, E McDonagh, S Goldrick, N Collins, L Fusciardi, T O’Sullivan, C Ni Mhurchadh, L Nerney, A Connolly, F Claffey, H O’Neill, C O’Riordan, A Ring (capt).Subs: R McGovern for O’Riordan (39), J Egan for Fusciardi (45)
Donaghmoyne: L Martin, J Geoghegan, F Courtney, L Garland, H Kingham, S Courtney, J Courtney, N Callan, R Courtney, A Garland, L Kerley, E Treanor, C McConnell, C Courtney, S McConnell.Subs: A. Keenan for Kingham (‘3), A. McElroy for S. McConnell (‘47)

Referee: J Murphy (Carlow)

All-Ireland Ladies Club Football Semi-Final results

Saturday November 17 

All-Ireland Intermediate Club Semi-Final 

  • Emmet Óg (Monaghan) 4-10 Dunedin Connollys (Scotland) 1-9 

Sunday November 18 

All-Ireland Senior Club Semi-Finals 

  • Kilkerrin/Clonberne (Galway) 0-9 Mourneabbey (Cork) 1-14 
  • Foxrock-Cabinteely (Dublin) 2-8 Donaghmoyne (Monaghan) 1-8 

All-Ireland Intermediate Club Semi-Final 

  • St Brendan’s (Galway) 0-6 Clontarf (Dublin) 6-9 

All-Ireland Junior Club Semi-Finals 

  • Trillick (Tyrone) 2-8 Glanmire (Cork) 2-13 
  • Old Leighlin (Carlow) 0-10 Tourlestrane (Sligo) 2-10

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