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Ladies football wrap

Ladies football wrap

By Jackie Cahill 

ON home soil, Dublin City University retained the O’Connor Cup on Sunday with a dramatic 2-12 to 0-12 victory against the University of Ulster, Jordanstown.

Monaghan star Ciara McAnespie goaled for DCU in the first half as the competition hosts went in level at half-time against Jordanstown, 1-4 to 0-7.

At the end of normal time, the sides remained deadlocked at 1-8 to 0-11, having been level on six occasions during the game.

In stoppage time, Down and Jordanstown ace Aileen Pyers swapped points with DCU’s Dublin player Amy McGuinness as the pendulum continued to swing one way and then another.

However, DCU closed the game out with an unanswered 1-3 thereafter, finishing clinically when it appeared that extra-time was on the cards.

DCU’s second goal was scored by Dublin star Lyndsey Davey and won the trophy for the Glasnevin-based university for the second successive year, following on last year’s very first success in this competition.

Monaghan’s Ellie McCarron top-scored for DCU with six points, including five from play, but the player of the match award went to Cavan defender Donna English.

Pyers finished as Jordanstown’s top scorer with eight points, a haul which included seven frees, but it wasn’t enough as DCU celebrated back-to-back titles.

Elsewhere, a dramatic Lynch shield final was won on penalties by Cork IT after a magnificent decider against Athlone IT finished level at 5-13 apiece after extra-time.

Roscommon’s Michelle Carey claimed the player of the match award as NUI Maynooth captured the Giles Cup with a comfortable victory against Waterford IT.

Meanwhile, former Cork captain and five-time All-Ireland medallist Juliet Murphy starred for MICL in their Lynch Cup final victory over DCU while NUIG captured the O’Connor Shield.




O’Connor Cup:
Semi finals:

DCU 3-14 UCD 1-11
UUJ 1-19 UL 1-6
Final: DCU 2-12 UUJ 0-12.


Giles Cup final:
NUI Maynooth 4-8 Waterford IT 1-6


Lynch Cup final:
MICL 4-8 DCU Seconds 0-4


O’Connor Shield final:
NUIG 6-9 QUB 2-6.


Lynch Shield final
Athlone IT 5-13 Cork IT 5-13 (after extra-time).
Cork IT win 3-2 on penalties.

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