Scally stars as Gourmet Food Parlour O'Connor Cup holders UL claim Division 1 title

GFP Division 1 Ladies Football HEC League Final

UL 3-10
DCU 1-7

By Cóilín Duffy

Cork’s Eimear Scally bagged 1-6, as UL claimed the Gourmet Food Parlour Ladies HEC Football Division 1 title, with a convincing win over DCU in the decider in Stradbally.

University of Limerick proved to be the more clinical outfit in the opening half, and led by 1-1 to 0-0 after just four minutes, with Kerry duo Hannah O’Donoghue netting a goal, before her Kingdom colleague Niamh O’Connor pushed UL four points clear.

DCU weren’t without their early scoring chances, but the usually accurate Aishling Moloney mis-fired in the opening minutes, before opening her sides tally with an eighth minute pointed free.

Mayo’s Shauna Howley accepts the O’Rourke Cup from Donal Barry, Ladies HEC Chairperson
The Tipperary ace finished with five of DCU’s points, including three of their four first half scores.
‘Gourmet Food Parlour Player of the Match’ Scally netted UL’s second goal before the break, as they claimed a 2-6 to 0-4 interval lead.

Cork’s Eimear Scally receives the Player of the Match award from Donal Barry, Ladies HEC Chairperson 

UL captain Shauna Howley grabbed her sides third goal on the restart, and despite DCU’s best efforts they never fully got to grips with this game.
DCU grabbed a 61st minute goal from substitute Roisin McGovern, but it came too late.

Scorers for UL: Eimear Scally 1-6 (4f); Hannah O’Donoghue, Shauna Howley 1-0 each; Fiadhna Tagney 0-2; Niamh O’Connor, Ailbhe Davoren 0-1 each.

Scorers for DCU: Aishling Moloney 0-5 (4f); Roisin McGovern 1-0; Muireann Atkinson, Jennifer Dunne 0-1 each.

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