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Last-gasp penalty sees All-Ireland junior football final go to a replay

Derry and Fermanagh will have to do it all again after their draw at Croke Park.

Sharon Murphy celebrates scoring her vital penalty.
Sharon Murphy celebrates scoring her vital penalty.
Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Derry 2-10
Fermanagh 3-7

Jackie Cahill reports from Croke Park

SHARON MURPHY’S PENALTY goal in the dying seconds rescued a draw for Fermanagh in today’s dramatic TG4 All-Ireland ladies junior football final at Croke Park.

Fermanagh and Derry will have to do it all over again on 8 October – with the Erne County coming from nine points down to earn a second crack.

Derry, huge pre-match underdogs, were 2-9 to 1-3 clear midway through the second half but Fermanagh, who had beaten their opponents well in League and championship already this year, somehow found a response.

A run of 1-4 without reply took them to within two points, before Derry’s joint-leading scorer Emma Doherty clipped over her fifth free of the game.

Megan Devine, Derry’s second half goalscorer, rattled the Fermanagh crossbar with a ferocious drive and that was a huge let-off for Emmet Curry’s charges.

And when Ciara Moore was adjudged to have fouled teenage star Eimear Smyth with just 48 seconds left on the watch, Murphy stepped forward to slot her penalty past Cheree Mackey.

It was an incredible end to a final that took some time to warm up, before exploding into life in the second half.

Aoife McGough and Aisling Woods Aisling Woods of Fermanagh and Derry's Aoife McGough. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Almost ten minutes had elapsed before Erin Doherty opened the scoring for Derry and at the end of the first half, the Oak Leafers led by 1-4 to 1-3.

Derry had the better goal chances – Devine kept out more than once by Róisín Gleeson but it was Fermanagh who raised the game’s first green flag, midway through.
Róisín O’Reilly drilled it home after the ball moved through the hands of Lisa Maguire, Nuala McManus and Aisling Woods.

That score levelled the tie at 1-1 to 0-4 but Derry’s response was impressive, as Gleeson was finally beaten in the 25th minute by Ciara McGurk.

Ciara McGuirk Derry's Ciara McGuirk punches the air after her goal. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

HawkEye came into play on All-Ireland final day for the first time as a Fermanagh effort was ruled wide but Smyth had the final say of the half with a point.

Derry took over on the resumption, collecting 1-5 without reply to gain a firm stranglehold on proceedings.

Smyth had seen her 32nd minute goal chance clawed onto the bar by Mackey but Devine made no mistake in the 44th minute, profiting from Jackie Donnelly’s incisive run to drill a low drive past Gleeson.

That goal had Derry nine points ahead but then the Fermanagh fightback began.
A goal from Woods in the 49th minute had a big part to play in it but Fermanagh still had to work desperately hard down the stretch to secure a replay for themselves.

Murphy’s penalty goal ensured it – and there was still time for referee Angela Gallagher to wave away late appeals for a Fermanagh free.

Scorers for Derry: M Devine 1-2, Emma Doherty 0-5f, C McGurk 1-0, D Kivlehan, Erin Doherty & A Crozier 0-1 each.

Scorers for Fermanagh: S Murphy 1-3 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), R O’Reilly 1-1, A Woods 1-0, E Smyth 0-2 (1f), B Bogue 0-1.


1. C Mackey

2. A McGough
3. D Donnelly
4. C Glass

5. N Browne
6. K Holly
7. D Kivlehan

8. A Laverty
9. Emma Doherty

10. J Donnelly
11. C Moore
12. Erin Doherty

13. A Crozier
14. M Devine
15. C McGurk


R Roberts for Browne (58)


1. R Gleeson

2. E Campbell
3. C Murphy
4. Naomi McManus

5. M Connolly
6. S Hamilton
7. A Maguire

8. M McDonald
9. Á McGovern

10. R O’Reilly
11. A Woods
12. L Maguire

13. E Smyth
14. S Murphy
15. Nuala McManus


D McManus for Campbell (33), B Bogue for McGovern (40), S Britton for Nuala McManus (58).

Referee – A Gallagher (Dublin)

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