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Winter 2012

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Tesco HomeGrown All-Ireland Club Championships Donaghmoyne players Joanne Geoghegan, Majella Woods and Fiona Courtney celebrate their side's victory Donaghmoyne Triumph in the Tesco Homegrown All-Ireland Ladies Senior Club Football Championship Final Donaghmoyne 1-10 Carnacon 1-05 P reviews of the Tesco Homegrown All-Ireland Ladies Senior Club Championship Final all suggested a close affair. In the 2011 Semi-Final between the sides, Carnacon emerged victorious by just a single point before they went to on to be crowned All-Ireland Champions. 2012 however was not to be their year. Even with their extremely talented players and their ambition to retain their title, the women from Donaghmoyne simply would not be denied. From the start Donaghmoyne made their intentions very clear. An early goal from Fiona Lafferty set them on course to win their 3rd Senior Club All-Ireland Championship. Donaghmoyne of course had their own ammunition, especially in the Courtney family. Sharon Courtney did an almighty defensive job on Mayo's Cora Staunton, and Cora Courtney along with Amanda Casey played a blinder in midfield. While the game was hindered slightly by soft ground conditions, Donaghmoyne ensured that they attacked their opponents at any given opportunity. Within a couple of minutes of throw in Donaghmoyne got a dream start. They were awarded a penalty that, although hit the post, was converted on the rebound by Lafferty, who was on hand. Carnacon did not register many scores in the first half at all and were it not for a fortuitous goal from Natasha Beegan the could have been in a much 8 worse position at the break. The score at half time was Donaghmoyne 1-05 Carnacon 1-03. Although Carnacon's goal did give them hope at half time, the first 15 minutes of the 2nd half did not go their way at all. As Donaghmoyne's Majelle Woods and Cathriona McConnell scored 2 points each and midfielder Cora Courtney also got her name on the scoreboard, the game slipped further and further away from the defending Champions. The last 15 minutes of the game saw Carnacon, led by the formidable Cora Staunton and Fiona McHale throw everything at the Donagmoyne defence but they were impenetrable. 2009 Senior Club All-Ireland Champions, Donaghmoyne of Monaghan, were well deserving of their comeback to the top tier of Ladies Club Football and were ecstatic as they were crowned Tesco Homegrown All-Ireland Senior Club Champions. Donaghmoyne: L Martin; J Geoghegan, F Courtney, N Lynch; L Kingham, S Courtney, J Courtney; A Casey, C Courtney (0-1); E McElroy, F Lafferty (1-0), N Callan; C McConnell (0-6, 6fs), M Woods (0-2), H Kingham (0-1). Subs used: S McConnell for Callan; A Keenan for Lafferty. Carnacon: M Higgins; N Hurst, N Tierney, S McGing; M Corbett, C McGing, A Loftus; C Egan, M Carter (0-1); M McGing, C Staunton (0-3, 2fs), D Hughes; N Beegan (1-0), F McHale (0-1), A Brennan. Referee: J Niland (Sligo)

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