DCU take three in-a-row in dramatic fashion

DUBLIN City University won the prestigious O’Connor Cup for a third successive year in dramatic fashion at blustery UL yesterday.

DCU scored a 3-8 to 1-11 victory against University of Ulster, Jordanstown in an entertaining final. UUJ missed a penalty in the dying seconds when a goal would have taken the game into extra-time. In the sixth minute of stoppage time Aoife McDonnell’s effort was comfortably saved by DCU goalkeeper Becky Walsh.

Star-studded DCU scored two goals in the first six minutes of the second-half which changed the complexion of the game after UUJ had led by 1-5 to 1-4 at the interval.

Lyndsey Davey took a pass from the outstanding Ciara McAnespie for DCU’s first half goal before UUJ’s top scorer Sinead Fegan responded with a goal.

Monaghan’s McAnespie sisters combined for DCU’s second goal as Ciara, who scored 1-3 from play, supplied a clinical finish.

Cavan’s Roisín O’Keeffe scored DCU’s third goal.

Behind 3-5 to 1-5 UUJ hit five unanswered points but they lost corner-back Sinead O’Mahony to a sin-binning.

Ciara McAnespie scored a sensational point in the first minute of stoppage time. But even with a three-point lead and defending superbly, DCU were never safe and survived that late scare when Down forward McDonnell fluffed her lines.

Meanwhile, Waterford IT made up for last year’s final defeat at the hands of NUI Maynooth with a 1-8 to 1-6 victory against IT Tralee in the Giles Cup final.

WIT’s top scorer Marie Dargan and ITT’s Aoife Dillane traded first half goals as the sides went in level at half-time, 1-4 apiece. WIT outscored ITT by 0-4 to 0-2 in an entertaining second half.

In the Lynch Cup final, second half goals from Grainne Callery and Katie Geoghan proved decisive as Carlow IT beat DCU’s second string by 2-11 to 1-3.

Galway’s Catriona Foley scored the first-half goal for DCU as they went in level at half-time, 1-3 to 0-6, but Carlow IT held their opponents scoreless in the second half and hit 2-5.

In Saturday’s enthralling Lynch Shield final, DIT ran riot in extra-time to see off Athlone IT by double scores 4-16 to 2-8.

Jane Dolan (two) and Colleen Brierly scored the extra-time goals after the sides were deadlocked at 1-11 to 2-8.

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