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Five in a row: Termon claim another All-Ireland Gaeltacht title

Termon celebrate their win

Termon celebrate their win


By Cóilín Duffy in Moycullen

TERMON retained their National Comortas Peile na Gaeltachta Ladies Football Senior title in Moycullen, Galway yesterday as for the fifth time in a row, they earned the title in impressive fashion.

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In tough weather conditions, the Donegal champions had no problem bringing the cup back home, after they registered a comprehensive 4-15 to 2-10 win over An Fhairce (Clonbur) in the decider.

Niamh and Roisin Friel along with Roisin McCafferty and Maureen O’Donnell all put in superb performances over the hour, in a game which Termon never trailed.

Termon led by 1-11 to 0-5 at half-time, as they got off to a strong start.

The eventual winners weren’t to lead the cup slip from their grasp, and continued to impress on the restart.

A Roisin Friel goal helped them to a 2-13 to 0-7 lead entering the final quarter.

Niamh and Lorna Joyce kept Clonbur in touch, with Aisling Nic Aodgagain netting a vital goal.

But Roisin reponded quickly with her second and Termon’s third, as they moved 3-14 to 1-8 ahead with eight minutes remaining.

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Mairead Joyce cut the deficit for Clonbur, but Shauna Kelly netted Termon’s fourth goal.

Clonbur finished strongly, and managed a Lorna Joyce goal late on, but it mattered little.

In the Intermediate competition, Gweedore lost out to eventual finalists Naomh Anna from Lettermore, after a tough opening round encounter.

The Galway side claimed a 4-13 to 1-10 win in ideal conditions on Saturday afternoon at Rahoon/Newcastle.

Earlier in the competition, Termon were 6-8 to 2-9 win over Claregalway in the semi-final on Saturday.

Both sides struggled early on, with a number of misses, before matters settled considerably.

Charlotte Cooney opened the scoring after seven minutes, with a well struck goal for Claregalway from the penalty spot.

Termon rallied well with a run of three unanswered points, including the first from Lucy O’Flynn to draw level soon after.

Claregalway again took the lead, but a Maureen O’Donnell goal pushed Termon ahead.

However this was short-lived as Claregalway scored 1-4 without reply, including Cooney’s second goal.

But Termon made the perfect response just before the interval, with Shannon McGroddy claiming their second goal, to ensure a 2-6 to 2-3 interval score-line.

Claregalway began the second half well with an early point, but Termon just torn into the Galway side from then on.

Termon scored 3-4 without reply, including goals from Lucy O’Flynn and O’Donnell, on the way to a 11-point win.

In the Intermediate Womens competition, Gaoth Dobhair made a first round exit after a 4-13 to 1-10 loss to Naomh Anna Lettermore from Galway, at Pairc Rathuin.

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