Carnacon look to make home advantage count

It is one of those things that seems to never change like the winter weather, come this time of the year Carnacon will be on the hunt for an All Ireland title. On Sunday at home in Clogher the standard bearers of senior ladies football in the county are once again looking to book their place in an All Ireland final. Standing in their way are the Laois and Lenister champions, Mountmellick Sarsfields.

All eyes on Sunday will be once again on Cora Staunton who picked up her ninth All Star award last weekend, along with fellow Mayo player Yvonne Byrne who picked up her first All Star award after a stunning year in goal for the Mayo senior side. Staunton has also been in fantastic scoring form for her club side this year, running up huge scores in the Mayo final and through the Connacht championship. But of course Staunton is not the only leading light that Carnacon can call on, with Claire Egan having returned following a recent injury, Fiona McHale, Noelle Tierney, and Martha Carter all top quality players in their ranks.

As for their opponents, Mountmellick Sarsfields disposed of Timahoe in the Laois final before seeing off Meath champions Seaneschalstown by a score of 5-7 to 0-13 in the Lenister decider. Their key player is Tracey Lawlor while Ciara Burke and Claire Conlon will both also take watching on Sunday. If Carnacon come through Sunday’s game and make the final the potential is there of getting revenge over Monaghan’s Donaghmoyne who beat them in last year’s All Ireland final. The Monaghan champions are facing The Banner from Clare in their semi-final also on Sunday.

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