All-Ireland ladies club IFC semi-final: Dominant Dunboyne leave Latton with spoils

November 19, 2017

Dunboyne's Aoife Thompson

Latton O'Rahilly (Monaghan) 1-3 

Dunboyne (Meath) 3-18

From Colm Shalvey in Latton

DUNBOYNE powered into the LGFA All-Ireland Club IFC Final with a comprehensive win away to Latton.

The Monaghan side started brightly on home soil, but had no answers once their Meath opponents got going.

Dunboyne, who were All-Ireland junior champions two years ago, hit the last 3-15 without reply and will take some stopping on this performance. 

After conceding the opening point via an Aoife Thompson free, Latton moved ahead early on with a goal from Eimilie Culleton and points by Lisa Lennon and Apmelia Elliott.

Dunboyne steadied with a couple of scores, however, and they had goal chances when Shelly Melia had a shot tipped over the bar by Sinéad Black and Emma Duggan saw one cleared off the line by Laura McPhillips. 

Joanne Culleton's 15th-minute point proved to be Latton's last score, with Dunboyne hitting an unanswered 2-6 before half-time.

Thompson, Duggan and Fiona O'Neill were all on target, before Vikki Wall hit a quickfire 1-1, the goal a low finish at the end of a powerful run.

The visitors struck another blow in added time when O'Neill jinked through to fire high to the net and leave it 2-9 to 1-3 at the interval.  

The one-way traffic continued in the second half, with Duggan kicking some fine points for Dunboyne.

Thompson added to her tally, with Sinéad Hackett also on the mark.

Dunboyne had substitute Méabh O'Doherty sin-binned, but Alison Jones also came off the bench to score 1-1. 
The Leinster champions finished in style, as Alison O'Sullivan saved an Elliott penalty and Dee Blayney became the eighth Dunboyne scorer.

Scorers for Dunboyne: A Thompson 0-6 (4f); E Duggan 0-5; F O'Neill 1-2; V Wall 1-1; A Jones 1-1; S Hackett 0-1; S Melia 0-1; D Blayney 0-1.

Scorers for Latton: E Culleton 1-0; L Lennon 0-1; J Culleton 0-1; A Elliott 0-1.

Dunboyne: A O'Sullivan; R McDermott, E O'Byrne, C Barker; B Hickey, E Doyle, A Moffatt (Capt.); D Blayney, J Kavanagh; E Duggan, S Melia, S Hackett; F O'Neill, V Wall, A Thompson. 

Subs: C Keenan for Moffatt (21), K Bermingham for Barker (26), A Flynn for O'Neill (39), M O'Doherty for Bermingham (inj., 48), A Jones for Hackett (55).

Latton: S Black; A McPhillips, S Boyd, A McCabe; L McPhillips, S Coyle, S Conlon; K Duffy, C McElroy; C Mulligan, L Lennon, A Quinn (Capt.); A Elliott, J Culleton, E Culleton.

Subs: C Hamilton for McCabe (20), J McCabe for Quinn (HT), A Quinn for Lennon (inj., 45), L Duffy for A McPhillips (47), E Fitzpatrick for Mulligan (55). 

Ref: M Farrelly (Cavan).

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