Jack stars as Mourneabbey get back on track in ladies SFC

Jack stars as Mourneabbey get back on track in ladies SFC
Eire Og's Shauna Cronin takes on Mourneabbey's Kate O'Brien during the Cork senior ladies football championship at MourneabbbeyPicture: Eddie O'Hare

Mourneabbey 0-15

Éire Óg 0-10

MOURNEABBEY got their Cork ladies senior football championship campaign back on track after their win over Éire Óg on Monday afternoon.

From start to finish they were made to fight all the way by their opponents who gave it their all and at one stage looked like they were going on to win.

They hit four in a row to lead by two and were in the driving seat, but Mourneabbey aren't Cork, Munster and All-Ireland champions for nothing as they hit back with seven in a row of their own to run out winners and with it a place in the Cork semi-final.

Eire Og's Orlaith Cahalane shoots from Mourneabbey's Aoife Walsh and Maire O'Callagan during the Cork senior ladies football championship at MourneabbbeyPicture: Eddie O'Hare
Eire Og's Orlaith Cahalane shoots from Mourneabbey's Aoife Walsh and Maire O'Callagan during the Cork senior ladies football championship at MourneabbbeyPicture: Eddie O'Hare

Whilst they will take the win what will be of concern is their growing injury list, with Doireann O'Sullivan and Kate O'Brien going off injured, to add to the likes of Laura Fitzgerald who has yet to start for them this season.

On the plus side was the performance of Ellie Jack who was outstanding on the day, scoring nine of their tally.

Éire Óg will be disappointed how they finished out the game and for them the loss of Eimear Scally is massive, with the Cork star taking a break and unlikely to feature for her club or countythis year.

Jack opened the scoring just 20 seconds in, with Emma Cleary replying from a free for Éire Óg, with three minutes gone.

From the restart she was unlucky not to goal, when she regained possession and her shot came back off the crossbar.

Mourneabbey's Ellie Jack is tackled by Eire Og's Rebecca Sheehan during the Cork senior ladies football championship at MourneabbbeyPicture: Eddie O'Hare
Mourneabbey's Ellie Jack is tackled by Eire Og's Rebecca Sheehan during the Cork senior ladies football championship at MourneabbbeyPicture: Eddie O'Hare

Two more from Jack put her side back in front, with Emma Cleary setting up her sister, Laura for Éire Óg's second point.

But Jack kept her side in control with two more, to make it 0-5 to 0-2 after 13 minutes.

Back came Éire Óg with Shauna Cronin and Emma Cleary scoring to put one between the sides.

Jack was on target again, before points from Clodagh O'Connor and Emma Cleary had the sides level.

But on the stroke of half-time Niamh O'Sullivan scored for Mounreabbey to see them lead 0-7 to 0-6 at the break.

Ciara O'Sullivan extended their lead at the start of the second-half, before three from Emma Cleary, along with one from Laura Cleary put Éire Óg 0-10 to 0-8 up with 44 minutes gone.

This proved to be their last score with Mourneabbey taking over.

Jack and Ciara O'Callaghan pointed to level it, before Maire O'Callaghan put them back in front.

Two from Ciara Harrington make it 0-13 to 0-10 with time running out and two late frees from Jack put the game beyond Éire Óg who certainly put it up to the champions.

Mourneabbey's Niamh O'Sullivan shoots upfield from Eire Og's Clodagh O'Connor during the Cork senior ladies football championship at MourneabbbeyPicture: Eddie O'Hare
Mourneabbey's Niamh O'Sullivan shoots upfield from Eire Og's Clodagh O'Connor during the Cork senior ladies football championship at MourneabbbeyPicture: Eddie O'Hare

They now face West Cork in their final group game where a win for the divisional side would also put them into the semi-final.

Scorers for Mourneabbey: E Jack 0-9 (6f), C Harrington 0-2, N O'Sullivan, C O'Callaghan, M O'Callaghan, C O'Sullivan 0-1 each.

Éire Óg: E Cleary 0-6 (5f), S Cronin 0-2, C O'Connor, L Cleary 0-1 each.

MOURNEABBEY: M O'Sullivan; K Coakley, A O'Sullivan, A Walsh; A Cronin, E Meaney, K O'Brien; N O'Sullivan, B O'Sullivan; M O'Callaghan, C O'Sullivan, E Jack; C O'Callaghan, D O'Sullivan, R O'Sullivan.

Subs: C Harrington for D O'Sullivan (ht inj), M Burke for K O'Brien (60m inj).

ÉIRE ÓG: L Crowley; A Hickey, Aobha O'Connell, Alannah Hickey; R Sheehan, M Cahalane, S McGoldrick; I Sheehan, C O'Connor; S Cronin, L Cleary, A Nic Abhaird; R Murphy, E Cleary, O Cahalane.

Sub: E Crowley for R Murphy (45m).

Referee: Colin McTaggart, Nemo Rangers.

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